Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis claims role as bridge-builder

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Vatican City, March 22 - Pope Francis on Friday
told ambassadors gathered at the Vatican that one of his titles
as Bishop of Rome was ''pontiff, builder of bridges, with God
and among men''.
The newly elected successor to Benedict XVI, former
archbishop of Buenos Aires, added that all countries had
responsibility to build bridges in pursuit of ''ever greater
love for our world''.
''As you know my family has Italian origins and so I have
always been engaged in dialogue between remote places and
cultures, between one end of the earth and the other,'' Francis
told the representatives of 180 nations.
''Today (these places and cultures) are increasingly close
and interdependent and in need of meeting each other and
creating real space for genuine brotherhood,'' he added.
'Pontifex', Latin for bridge-maker, was a title used by
ancient Roman high priests and later taken over by emperors.

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