|"... you are to consider the problem of peace, because the world today is facing a great |
dilemma: the catastrophical weapons which are the result of human ingenuity, menace
the world to the point of annihilation, and the human race is more than ever in need of
the prayers and support of The Church.
|In this fact we have another ground for co-operation with all the forget how often our
cause has suffered through disunity.
We would like to refer in conclusion to the question of social welfare in the modern
world. For a country can achieve much more in this field if supported by the church. The
will of God will be realized and humanity can achieve progress in both the spiritual and
material fields in a healthy society.
We consider it a great blessing to Us and to Our people that Your Holinesses have come
to bless our land with your sacred presence. Our people and Our Church rejoice to
welcome Your Holinesses in our midst.
Holy Fathers, as the spiritual descendants of the Apostles of Christ you have an eminent
responsibility, which responsibility would include the improvement of the relations of
laity with clergy and of church with society.
We hope and trust that God will guide the discussions here according to His will and that
His power will assist Your Holinesses in finding common solutions to common problems
in the spirit of amity and concord. May God who helped the 318 Fathers of the council of
Nicea enlighten and help us all.
Haile Selassie I
Jan. 15, 1965
|Selected Speeches of His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie I, 1918-1967; Published by:|
The Imperial Ethiopian Ministry of Information, Publication and Foreign Languages
Press Department, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1967, p. 638-639 Speech: January 15, 1965.