DAILY CATHOLIC     MONDAY     October 26, 1998     vol. 9, no. 209

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          VATICAN CITY (CWNews.com) - Pope John Paul II invited Ireland to always recognize the existence of a "truth which transcends social and cultural realities," as he received the Letters of Accreditation of the new ambassador of Ireland to the Holy See, Eamon O'Tuathail.

          Recalling the principles of the international conference in Copenhagen on development, in 1995, the Holy Father affirmed the need for a just development, "to place the human person at the center of development efforts," and to take into account "ethical, cultural, and religious values." He added, "A profoundly anchored sense of the inviolable dignity of the human person must be the basis of social, economic, and educational projects to improve the life of people and confront in a more effective way the authentic needs of men."

          The Pope also insisted on the urgent need to defend the family for better promotion of humans right. "Safe and united families exert their members to respect the rights and dignity of others, to recognize the sacred character of any human life, especially that of the most vulnerable, and to practice those qualities and virtues which promote and build up the common good."

          He also insisted on the need for guaranteeing these values by adequate laws. "The efforts to bring a new social order to the national and international levels will succeed only thanks to laws guaranteeing the universal and immutable moral standards, founded in human nature and accessible to reason."

          Without these transcendent principles, one risks totalitarianism, the Holy Father further explained. "Not recognizing the existence of a truth which transcends social and cultural realities is the way which leads quickly to the exclusive domination of the State in all the aspects of life," he said. Mentioning his pastoral journey to Ireland in 1979, the Pope evoked the recent peace agreements in Northern Ireland and affirmed a new "era of hope" had now started for this country, with the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

          Eamon O'Tuathail was born in 1936, and is unmarried. His diplomatic career has led to Washington, Lagos, to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in his country, Brussels, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and since 1993, South Africa.

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October 26, 1998       volume 9, no. 209


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