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The historical pathway

History is all one; despite the apparent divisions there is a single source and a single goal (go to La navigazione storica); history is a web of events and it is by means of the connection of these events that we must grasp the unitary and positive meaning: the aedificatio corporis Christi.

Cities are one of the fundamental elements of historical development because they have within them the ability to keep alive the witness of the past, while at the same time being the environment in which each individual persona is formed: cities are living organisms (go to Le città non possono morire; see also The city).

In a similar manner different peoples form the limbs of that single body the goal of which is unity of all peoples, peace and harmony between them. This sense of unity is confirmed in the modern age even by scientific and technological progress: in the age of space and atomic particles we clearly see the continuity between the immensely vast and the infinitely small. The relations between these two dimensions still further underline the subtle interactions uniting all events. In this respect the peoples are today in a position to feel more united together to edify the body of Christ. This unity of the world necessarily presupposes the unity of the Church (go to Paolo VI).

Especially with Vatican Council II (see also Church and Council) the Church has become fully aware of being at the service of human unity. The prospect before us is either that of the coming together of the peoples or of catastrophe: we are faced with an “apocalyptic moment”, a compulsory choice.