7 February 2024 | Speeches

SPEECH OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE MEETING PROMOTED BY “STRATEGIC ALLIANCE OF CATHOLIC RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES” (SACRU) E DALLA FONDAZIONE 100TH YEAR FOR THE PONTIFICE

Clementine Room

First, greater inclusivity. The volume discusses the problem of the discrimination
often encountered by women, together with other vulnerable groups in society. I
have frequently insisted that diversity must never end up in inequality, but in
grateful mutual acceptance. True wisdom is multifaceted; it is learned and lived
out by journeying together; only thus does it become a “driver” of peace. Your
research thus represents a summons, thanks to women and on behalf of women,
not to discriminate but to integrate everyone, especially those most vulnerable,
at the economic, cultural, racial and gender levels. No one is to be excluded: this
is a sacred principle. Indeed, the plan of God the Creator is a plan that is
essentially and always “inclusive”, centred precisely on “those living on the
existential peripheries”. A plan that can be compared to a mother, who sees her
children as different fingers of her hand: inclusive, always inclusive. […]