POPE CALLS POLITICIANS TO LIVE POLITICS AS A SERVICE TO SOCIETY
| Vatican City, 6 (NE) Pope John Paul II invited yesterday politicians and legislators to consider their involvement in politics as a
service to society, during the Eucharist celebration held in St. Peter's Square. Government leaders, members of parliament,
politicians and public administrators from over 90 countries were present in the Jubilee celebration. During his homily, the Pope
called politicians all over the world to "create just laws" and seek "to have them accepted and applied".
"Love your neighbour as yourself… how, in your delicate and demanding service to the State and to its citizens, can you carry out
this commandment? The answer is clear: by living your involvement in politics as a service to others," the Pope stressed during his
homily, addressing approximately 40 thousand people gathered in St. Peter's Square. "Political service is lived in a precise and daily
commitment which calls for great competence in the fulfillment of one's duties and unswerving morality in the selfless and
accountable exercise of power."
"On the other hand, the personal integrity of the politician also needs to find expression in a correct conception of the social and
political life which he or she is called to serve." "From this standpoint", the Pope continued, "Christian politicians need to make
constant reference to those principles which the Church's social doctrine has developed in the course of time."
"These principles, as we know, do not constitute an 'ideology' and even less a 'political programme'; rather, they offer a
fundamental approach to understanding the human person and society in the light of the universal ethical law present in the heart
of every human being, a law which is clarified by the revelation of the Gospel", the Pope further stressed.