Vatican rep to UN says conversion key to peace

Vatican rep to UN says conversion key to peace

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the UN, delivers his homily during Mass at the 4th Philippine Congress on New Evangelization (PCNE) in Manila, July 29, 2017. ROY LAGARDE

MANILA— Aside from dialogue, “conversion” is essential to achieving global peace, the Vatican’s chief delegate to the United Nations said.

Philippine Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the UN, on Saturday said that without conversion, peace will remain an “illusion”.

“Conversion is a condition of peace. If there is no conversion in us, in our societies, we cannot be peacemakers,” Auza said in his talk at the 4th Philippine Congress on New Evangelization (PCNE) in Manila on Saturday.

Reflecting on the message of the Fatima apparitions, the nuncio gave a perspective on how faith can bring about social change among the community of nations.

According to the prelate, conversion must also start within one’s heart, a personal hurdle that one must jump over.

He said that solutions to the lack of peace in the world today begin with quiet revolution “in each one of us”.

Auza added the problems plaguing the world today and even within families are the result of “the lack of peace in our hearts.”

“Peace begins in the heart. If the heart has no peace, it cannot be a peace builder and a peacekeeper,” said Auza. “We cannot be peacemakers and we can never fulfill the message of Our Lady.”

The Vatican official then stressed that one of the keys to conversion is prayer.

He said prayer is not only useful for the one who prays but also for the one who is prayed for. “It is good for others as well,” the archbishop said.

“If one who prays with humility is transformed from the inside, it is only then that he or she becomes a peacemaker in society and in the world,” Auza said. CBCPNews