Pope Francis recently commended the collaboration between Marxists and Christians in their joint effort to eradicate corruption and the abuse of power. The pontiff addressed an audience at the Vatican representing DIALOP transversal Dialogue Project, a group dedicated to fostering dialogue between individuals with different religious and secular backgrounds, particularly Socialists/Marxists and Christians. Pope Francis expressed his pleasure at welcoming the representatives of DIALOP, acknowledging their longstanding commitment to promoting the common good through this dialogue.
During his speech, Pope Francis emphasized the significance of caring for the most vulnerable members of society and safeguarding against corruption and lawlessness. He noted that the treatment of the most vulnerable is a measure of the civilization’s morality. The pope drew attention to the atrocities committed by past dictatorships, such as Nazism, which ruthlessly discarded and killed those who were most vulnerable – including the poor, the unemployed, immigrants, and the exploited. He described these acts as among the most horrific.
Furthermore, the pope provided three key attitudes that can help in the pursuit of the common good among different ideological groups: having the courage to break societal norms, showing concern for the less fortunate, and supporting the rule of law. DIALOP, in a document regarding the meeting, highlighted how individuals from various religious and ideological backgrounds, including Christians and Marxists, as well as people of goodwill, now recognize the importance of working together to end armed conflicts worldwide and ensure the basic human rights that underpin social balance and peace for all of humanity.
Established in 2014, DIALOP serves as an ongoing platform for dialogue between left-wing political groups and Christianity in Europe. Despite being a secular organization, it actively promotes the exchange of ideas and collaboration between different belief systems to foster a more harmonious society.