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Service of charity

“There is no just ordering of the state that eliminates the service of charity. Whoever wants to eliminate charity is preparing to eliminate man”

This was stressed today by Pope Benedict XVI when he spoke to the volunteers of the Italian Civil Protection Department.

The Pope drew a parallel between the Good Samaritan and the organization. He said the role of protection is two-fold: one must “protect persons and their dignity in the tragic case of emergencies and disasters”, and also help return things to normal.

He said, like in the parable, some people will avert their gaze or look at those affected with contempt, but there are also those who look on others with the expression of love.