- Sep 20, 2020
As the Vatican hosts a conference on nuclear weapons, Crux spoke with Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the apostolic nuncio to the United Nations, on the critical role the Holy See is playing in helping the United States and North Korea avoid nuclear war. “The pope’s moral authority and moral leadership profoundly influence the way people relate to us who represent him before the nations of the world,” Auza told Crux.
According to the United Nations, 418,000 Palestinians in Syria rely on humanitarian assistance – including cash, food and non-food items – to survive. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations, said the Vatican is following the situation “with grave concern.”
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations, said: “The international community must respond to the outrages systematically committed by [the Islamic State] with a rock-solid resolve to prevent similar future abominations from recurring.” In addition, he said displaced survivors need immediate assistance with basic needs such as food, water, shelter, education and health.
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations, says some dialogues among persons of different faiths and cultures in the past 50 years have scarcely risen above the level of monologue. “Genuine dialogue presupposes that each side wishes to know each other and desires to increase and deepen its knowledge of each other,” he said.
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations, said more must be done to protect the dignity of women, while promoting their integral development and advancement within the family and society. The Vatican’s UN delegation, he said, “strongly supports the international community in its efforts to raise awareness and take concrete steps to prevent the abhorrent phenomenon of violence perpetrated against migrant women and girls.”
At the annual prayer service for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, participants were encouraged to follow the example of Archbishop Óscar Romero who was martyred for standing up to government abuse and promoting human dignity.