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Ioannes Paulus PP. II
Ecclesia in Africa

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69. Human history finds its true meaning in the Incarnation of the Word of God, who is the foundation of restored human dignity. It is through Christ, the "image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation" (Col 1:15), that man is redeemed. "For by his Incarnation the Son of God has united himself in some fashion with every man".124 How can we fail to exclaim with Saint Leo the Great: "Christian, recognize your dignity"?125

To proclaim Jesus Christ is therefore to reveal to people their inalienable dignity, received from God through the Incarnation of his Only Son. "Since it has been entrusted to the Church to reveal the mystery of God, who is the ultimate goal of man", continues the Second Vatican Council, "she opens up to man at the same time the meaning of his own existence, that is, the innermost truth about himself ".126

Endowed with this extraordinary dignity, people should not live in sub-human social, eco- nomic, cultural and political conditions. This is the theological foundation of the struggle for the defence of personal dignity, for justice and social peace, for the promotion, liberation and integral human development of all people and of every individual. It is also for this reason that the development of peoples — within each nation and among nations — must be achieved in solidarity, as my Predecessor Pope Paul VI so well observed.127 Precisely for this reason he could affirm: "The new name for peace is development".128 It can thus rightly be stated that "integral development implies respect for human dignity and this can only be achieved in justice and peace".129

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