VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People need to listen more if they want there to be peace in the world, Pope Francis said.
Open “ears are missing, there’s a lack of people who know how to listen,” which is essential before there can be dialogue, he said during an audience March 11 with volunteers for a national help hotline, Telefono Amico Italia.
“If only there were more dialogue — true dialogue, that is — in families, in the workplace, in politics, so many issues would be more easily resolved,” he told members of the association, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The helpline offers “an important service,” the pope said, especially given the degree of isolation and indifference that exists in the world, particularly in large cities.
So much communication, he said, is increasingly “virtual and less personal,” and the culture stresses “having and appearances” over solid values.
Listening is not a very common occurrence, he said. It requires being quiet — “mouth shut” — as well as being patient and attentive, he said.
God himself is the perfect example of a good listener, so take a cue from him when listening to someone in need, the pope added.
This attitude of listening pushes people to “break down walls of misunderstanding, build bridges of communication, overcoming isolation and being closed up in one’s own little world,” he said.
Through dialogue, people with differences can start to see the other, not as a threat, but as “a gift of God,” who asks to be heard.
Help us keep you informed -- CatholicPhilly.com can't do it without youDuring CatholicPhilly.com's fall donation campaign, you have a way to help us deliver the kind of news you need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live. Every household's costs keep rising, and we're no different. We make sure your dollars in any amount go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month. Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can -- a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Or by credit card here: