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Chapters seven and eight of the document move towards looking at solutions to problems of all shapes, sizes and intensity. Where there have been conflicts the need for ‘paths of peace’ to heal wounds and ‘peacemakers…prepared to work boldly and creatively to initiate processes of healing and renewed encounter’. (n.225)

N.226 defines what a ‘renewed encounter’ should be: ‘Those who were fierce enemies have to speak from the stark and clear truth. They have to learn how to cultivate a penitential memory, one that can accept the past in order not to cloud the future with their own regrets, problems and pains. Only by basing themselves on the historical truth of events will they be able to make a broad and persevering effort to understand one another and to strive for a new synthesis for the good of all.’