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Pope Francis’s Warning

A transcript of the pontiff’s remarks in Romania.

On a visit to Romania at the end of May, Pope Francis met with the country’s leaders and civil society representatives 20 years after a similar visit by Pope John Paul II. At the gathering, Francis remarked on the progress the country has made toward “building a sound democracy through the plurality of its political and social forces and their reciprocal dialogue, through the fundamental recognition of religious freedom, and through the country’s full participation on the greater international stage” but warned of the dangers Romania still faces. He urged the country to build “an inclusive society, one in which everyone shares his or her own gifts and abilities,” concluding that, “in this way, all become protagonists of the common good, where the weak, the poor, and the least are no longer seen as undesirables that keep the ‘machine’ from functioning but as citizens and as brothers

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