In a famous speech on “the value of cities”, delivered in Geneva in 1954, La Pira asserted the right of cities to survive and therefore the duty of administrators to work in the cause of peace.
In Florence during the years of the Cold War he organized the Christian Conferences for Peace and Civilization , and subsequently the Mediterranean Colloquies.
His visit to Moscow was one of many aimed at breaking down the walls and building bridges, in keeping with the fundamental notion of the unity of the human family. One of the most delicate was the visit to Vietnam , from which he returned with an offer of negotiation which might have avoided years of useless and bloody warfare. Other important journeys took him to the Middle East. He declared that there will never be peace in the world until there is peace between Christians, Jews and Muslims: what he called “the threefold family of Abraham” .
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