- Jan 19, 2021
The chief Vatican diplomat to the United Nations said “there is no greater antidote to violence and hatred than dialogue and encounter” during a debate on the situation in the Middle East taking place at the UN Security Council. Archbishop Bernardito Auza also called on religious leaders to speak out against terrorism, especially when it’s done in the name of God.
The Vatican’s representative to the United Nations said “corruption, protracted conflicts and other man-made disasters” are the cause of entrenched poverty in the developing world, not a “healthy, growing population.” He also called on the world body to “respect life” when it comes to giving international aid.
While speaking to the UN Commission for Social Development, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the UN, called poverty the greatest challenge facing humanity. He encouraged nations to seek solutions not only based on economics but also on personal, social and environmental factors.
Accepting an award from the Path to Peace Foundation, which supports the Holy See’s U.N. mission, Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus, warned that the genocide against Christians and other minorities begun by ISIS in the Middle East will likely succeed by “our own inaction.”
Speaking to a meeting of the Security Council, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, who serves as the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the U.N., repeated the Vatican’s longstanding support for Palestinian sovereignty, and also praised the fine art of “informal diplomacy.”