We are gratified in particular, to note that the work of this conference has been concerned
purely with religious, spiritual matters free from extraneous political considerations.
This is only fitting and proper, for the church, as a symbol of peace, must follow the path of
peace in all parts of the world. For world peace can only be made abiding by the grace of God,
through the prayers of the Holy Fathers. The truth of this cardinal fact is evident to all
Therefore, it has become the noble responsibility of Christians, and peoples of other faiths
and their leaders throughout the world, to pray and to work hard for the preservation of world
We have always been religious, ever since childhood, ever since the day our father, Ras
Makonnen, taught us the commandment of Our Lord the Creator.
But we don't consider our religion alone valid and have granted the people the freedom to
observe any religion they please.
We believe in the reunification of the churches, which is why we were so happy to meet Pope
Paul VI during our voyage to Italy. We were greatly taken with him, we judged him a man of
superior capacity, especially as regards his intention to work towards church unity.
He received us with great friendliness.
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