Cultural diversity

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"Implement a true policy of culture, with a view to preserving cultural identities" - Message to UNESCO by the Pope Benedict XVI – 2005/06/03

Pope Benedict XVI addressed a message to UNESCO on the occasion of a colloquium organized by Monsignor Follo, the Vatican’s permanent observer to UNESCO. The colloquium entitled Culture, reason and freedom was held June 2 at UNESCO in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s visit to UNESCO. In his message, in which he greeted UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura and all the UNESCO representatives, Pope Benedict XVI invited all those in attendance to “implement a true policy of culture, with a view to preserving cultural identities that are so often threatened by the balance of economic and political power, but also to promote the expression of humankind in every dimension of its being.” The Pope notably declared that “In a world at once multiple and divided and often subjected to the strong demands of the globalization of economic relations and, even more so, of information, it is absolutely necessary to mobilize the energies of intelligence to have the right of human beings to education and culture recognized everywhere, especially in the poorest countries.” [05-17]