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Pope Francis stresses world needs peace to recover its harmony in address to civil society and diplomatic corps in Kazakh capital


Kazakh President Kassym Jomart Tokayev and Pope Francis. Photo credit: akorda.kz



Kazakh President Kassym Jomart Tokayev addressed representatives of civil society on 13 September. This was just hours after Pope Francis arrived at the Kazakh capital to begin his 38th apostolic trip.

Pope Francis will also attend the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, 14-15 September.

“It is an honor to be with you in this land as vast and ancient. I came here to seek peace and harmony, as a pilgrim of reconciliation. He stressed that the world needs peace urgently and called for harmony in the speech.

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“Unity is the key to success, according to a local saying. This is a key principle that is important anywhere, but particularly here. The country is home to more than 150 ethnicities and over 80 languages. These are people with different histories, cultures, and religious traditions that can be combined,” said the Pontiff. They “form an amazing symphony, making Kazakhstan a multiethnic multicultural country of encounter.

Pope Francis praised Kazakhstan’s decision to abolish death penalty. He said that it was an affirmation of human life and the right to hope for all human beings.

Diplomatic efforts to foster dialogue are crucial as geopolitical tensions rise around the globe.


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It is time to stop fostering animosity and to stop provoking more conflict. Leaders at the international level are needed to promote understanding and dialogue among peoples and to revive the Helsinki spirit. This spirit is the aspiration for multilateralism to be strengthened, a more stable, peaceful world, and take care of future generations. This requires patience, understanding, and dialogue with all. Pope Francis said, “I repeat, with everybody!”

Pope Francis’ visit to Kazakhstan 21 years after Pope John Paul II was there is historic. It also comes at a critical moment in Kazakhstan’s history. The 2022 year has been difficult for Kazakhstan. This is exacerbated by both internal and external difficulties.

Tokayev stated, “I believe it’s high time for moderates of different cultures and religions pool their wisdom to unite people behind ideas of peace and social harmony and mutual support.”

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