Only Solidarity Can Achieve Human Globalization, Pope Says

John Paul II Meets Mayors of First "Glocal Forum"

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VATICAN CITY, MAY 13, 2002 (Zenit.org).-Globalization presents the demand for solidarity, particularly the construction of a more human world for all, said John Paul II in his meeting with 18 Mayors of some of the world´s most important cities.



The Mayors were in Rome for the launching of the "Glocal Forum," a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting inter-city relations, finding a new balance between global and local forces in today´s world. Walter Veltroni, Mayor of Rome, gave the opening address on behalf of all the Mayors present.

"The ethos of a city should be marked by one characteristic above others: solidarity. Every one of you faces serious social and economic problems which will not be solved unless a new style of human solidarity is created," the Pope said.

"Institutions and social organizations at different levels, as well as the State, must share in promoting a general movement of solidarity between all sectors of the population, with special attention to the weak and marginalized," John Paul II added.

"This is not just a matter of convenience. It is a necessity of the moral order, to which all people need to be educated, and to which those with influence of one kind or another must be committed as a matter of conscience," the Holy Father added.

"The goal of solidarity must be the advancement of a more human world for all -- a world in which every individual will be able to participate in a positive and fruitful way, and in which the wealth of some will no longer be an obstacle to the development of others, but a help," the Pope continued.

"As you reflect on the many complex issues raised by your Conference, I encourage you to see your task as a unique opportunity for doing good, for improving in real ways the world in which we live. May the Almighty enlighten and sustain your efforts. Upon you and your fellow citizens I invoke abundant divine blessings of harmony and peace."