|"... 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
In this fact we have another ground for co-operation with all the Churches of the world. As the
followers of Christ let us not 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
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.