We Need to Dialogue

by Pope Francis

Approaching, speaking, listening, looking at, coming to know and understand one another, and to find common ground: all these things are summed up in the one word “dialogue.” If we want to encounter and help one another, we have to dialogue.

There is no need for me to stress the benefits of dialogue. I have only to think of what our world would be like without the patient dialogue of the many generous persons who keep families and communities together.

Unlike disagreement and conflict, persistent and courageous dialogue does not make headlines, but quietly helps the world to live much better than we imagine.

From Fratelli Tutti (On Fraternity and Social Friendship), encyclical, #198, October 3, 2020, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi