- Sep 20, 2020
The worldwide coronavirus pandemic cast an unmistakable shadow over an otherwise hopeful prayer service Sept. 14 on the eve of the opening of the 75th session of the U.N. General Assembly.
At a time of increasing urbanization, the “irreplaceable importance” of forests is being “taken for granted and underestimated,” the Vatican’s secretary of state said Sept. 23 at a high-level meeting at the United Nations.
The U.N. General Assembly has adopted a resolution designating Aug. 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.
Speaking about the urgency of protecting children in global affairs, the Vatican foreign minister told the United Nations on Monday that the Catholic Church “is committed” to addressing the “heinous scourge of sexual abuse.”
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 Paul Gallagher, Vatican foreign minister, addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 25, calling for a renewed emphasis by all governments on the importance of protecting populations from “genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.”