My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, this world is really ironical. The dignity of the human person is something that the Church has always championed even until today. Every person is unique, is an individual, irreplaceable.

This is one of the more important social teachings of the Church, alongside another important social teaching—that every person is called to freedom.

Unfortunately, the dignity of the individual has been over-accentuated, at the expense of the community. And the freedom of the individual, at the expense of the greater good of the community. This is the reason why, today we have a situation where people are very individualistic. It is about themselves, their needs, their wants, and never about others.

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