Pope receives Letters of Credence of Luiz Felipe de Seixas Correa, new ambassador of Brazil

February 10, 2009

VATICAN CITY, 9 FEB 2009 (VIS) - This morning in the Vatican, the Holy Father received the Letters of Credence of Luiz Felipe de Seixas Correa, the new ambassador of Brazil to the Holy See.

In his address to the diplomat, the Holy Father spoke of his hope that, “in accordance with the principles that safeguard human dignity, of which Brazil has always been a stern defender, fundamental human values may still be fomented and disseminated, especially when this involves explicit recognition for the sanctity of family life, the protection of unborn children [and of life] from the moment of conception to natural end”.

On the subject of “biological experimentation, the Holy See has always firmly promoted the defence of ethical principles that do not damage but protect the existence of the embryo and its right to be born”, said the Pope.

Benedict XVI highlighted how “in a climate of solidarity and mutual understanding, the government seeks to support initiatives that favour the struggle against poverty, and against shortcomings in technological training, both at national and international level”.

The Holy Father noted how “the policy of redistributing internal revenue has facilitated greater wellbeing among people”, expressing the hope that Brazil may “continue to encourage a better distribution of wealth, increasing social justice for the good of the people. … Over and above material poverty, the moral poverty which is spreading throughout the world also has a decisive influence, even where there is no lack of material goods”, he said.

“In fact, the danger of consumerism and hedonism, together with the lack of solid moral principles to guide the lives of ordinary citizens, weakens the structure of Brazilian families and society. For this reason we cannot over emphasise the urgent need for solid moral formation at all levels - including the political sphere - in order to counter an ongoing threat from persisting materialist ideologies, and in particular the temptation to corruption in managing public and private finances. In this, Christianity can make an important contribution”.

Finally, the Holy Father referred to a recently-signed agreement “defining the juridical status of the Catholic Church in Brazil and regulating the fields of mutual interest between the two sides”, highlighting how this is “a significant sign of the sincere collaboration that the Church - while performing her own mission - wishes to maintain with the Brazilian government”. Benedict XVI also spoke of his hope that the agreement, “may facilitate the free exercise of the Church’s evangelising mission and further strengthen collaboration with civil institutions for the integral development of the person”.


2 Responses to “Pope receives Letters of Credence of Luiz Felipe de Seixas Correa, new ambassador of Brazil”

  1. Francis Pimentel-Pinto on February 11th, 2009 9:28 am

    Were the Brazilians made aware of this ‘Agreement’?
    Has the Brazilian Parliament ratified this ‘Agreement’?
    Are we to assume that similar ‘Agreements’ will be made with the Representatives of other Religions and with those who have no Religion?
    Will a similar ‘Agreement’ be made with the Representatives of the Indian Peoples, who inhabited Brazil before the arrival of the Conquistadors?

  2. George Vogt on February 12th, 2009 9:08 am

    First for the record: There are about 150 million Catholics in Brazil (about 80 percent)

    Were the Brazilians made aware of this ‘Agreement’?
    I don’t know Francis. I am not sure most people are ever truly aware of EVERY Agreement their government makes.

    Has the Brazilian Parliament ratified this ‘Agreement’?
    I don’t know. I also don’t know that they did not, nor even if it is required. Generally speaking, all agreements do not have to be ratified.

    Are we to assume that similar ‘Agreements’ will be made with the Representatives of other Religions and with those who have no Religion?
    I am sure that agreements are made with those who do not represent any particular religion (ie MOST nations), however perhaps it is best to understand that most “religions” do not have official State status throughout the world. This does make the matter a little different than if the Brazilian government were to meet with the Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals, etc. (Besides, who is the central figure of earthly authority that represents all of those anyway?)
    From the Vatican City Homepage:
    Vatican City State was inaugurated on 11 February 1929 with the signing of the Lateran Accords. Under the motto, “A small territory with a great mission,” a number of distinctive celebrations will mark the 80th anniversary of the city-state’s founding. “At least that piece of territory which is sufficient to sustain sovereignty; that piece of territory without which sovereignty could not exist, because it would have no place to rest …The Supreme Pontiff possesses no more than that piece of material territory indispensable for the exercise of a spiritual power assigned to men for the benefit of mankind” (Pius XI).

    Will a similar ‘Agreement’ be made with the Representatives of the Indian Peoples, who inhabited Brazil before the arrival of the Conquistadors?
    I may be mistaken, but I am beginning to think your questions are not really questions, but means by which to covertly make certain statements. :-)
    I don’t know is the answer. Perhaps someone who represents Brazil will be better qualified to truly answer all of these questions.

    However, thanks for the interest in the article and for allowing me to “play along”.

    God bless.

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