- Sep 20, 2020
Archbishop Bernadito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, told the High-Level Forum on a Culture of Peace in New York City that schools should educate children on civil discourse, or what Pope Francis calls a “grammar of dialogue.”
The Vatican’s representative to the United Nations, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, said the Vatican supported initiatives such as a Code of Conduct regarding UN Security Council action against genocide, war crimes or crimes against humanity, “as well as the inclusion of mandates to protect civilians in peacekeeping operations.”
The real work ahead under a new UN treaty banning the possession of nuclear weapons is getting the world’s nuclear-weapons possessing countries and dozens more that fall under the so-called “nuclear umbrella” to take seriously the call to reduce and eventually rid the world of ballistic arsenals, according to Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International.
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the UN, quoted Pope Francis’s statements on the contradiction between efforts to seek peace and “at the same time, promote or permit the arms trade.”
Regarding the rule of law, the Vatican’s U.N. representative, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, said, it is meant “to fulfill a role beyond maintaining harmony and order.” It is meant to be “an exemplary teacher,” he said, and is tightly tied to “the protection of human rights.”
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s representative to the United Nations, has reiterated the Vatican’s insistence that Venezuela needs to hold elections, while drawing attention to the attacks Church institutions have suffered from elements affiliated with the regime of President Nicolas Maduro.