It’s 9:00 in the morning, outside the Vatican. The representation of the Second World March for Peace and Nonviolence led by its founder, Rafael de la Rubia, is entering and is part of Pope Francis’ General Audience.
Many people come from different parts of the world every day to establish that “contact” with the Pope. Rafael de la Rubia is in the front row, he wants to have the opportunity to inform the Pope about the second occasion to travel this planet taking a message of peace and nonviolence to places where there are external conflicts, such as wars or governments that impose violence. But also internal, where our personal internal unity is broken by having experienced violence.
The Catholic Church and the Pope are a symbol of faith. May faith bring about a profound change. At least that seems necessary if we look at the eyes of many people here in the Vatican. Like most symbols in today’s world, they need to re-establish their purpose, understand the needs of our societies, make contact with their best moments and try to reconcile the pains produced, committing themselves so that they will not be repeated.
The Pope gave his best wishes to Rafael de la Rubia and, through him, to all those who carry out this very valuable task of influencing the humanization of our Earth. He gave his blessing for the successful ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that the Vatican State has already ratified. And he blessed the flags of the World March, that new one and those of the First March, as well as that of the South American March..