Pope hopes tourism becomes 'an open door to peace and co-existence'

 In concluding yesterday's General Audience, celebrated in Saint Peter's Square, the Pope said that it was World Tourism Day, "a very important social phenomenon in today's world". He continued, saying he hoped "that tourism would promote dialogue and mutual respect between cultures, more all the time, thus becoming a door open to peace and harmonious co-existence". Recalling that today is the liturgical day dedicated to Saint Vincent de Paul, Benedict XVI asked that the "example of charity" of this saint "spur the young people to achieve the future projects in a joyful and uninterested service towards others. May it help you, dear ailing persons, in facing suffering as a special vocation of love, and spur you, dear newlyweds, in creating a family always open to the gift of life and to the poor". Source: VIS

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