- Jan 28, 2020
“This is a time of peace and goodwill, and I am sad to see Christian communities – including some of the world’s oldest – unable to celebrate Christmas in safety,” said Antonio Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister who’s held the UN’s highest post since 2017.
The U.N. expert on child sexual abuse praised the Vatican’s decision to abolish the rule of “pontifical secret” for abuse cases and urged further reforms to ensure more justice for victims.
Catholic bishops in eastern Congo urged better government protection for local communities, which staged a day of strikes for victims of recent violence.
Despite growing recognition of climate change as a legitimate and looming threat, current commitments to mitigate its effects and alter human behavior fall short of those needed to resolve the crisis in time, Pope Francis said.
Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon has appealed to the international community not to punish the people of Myanmar as it faces genocide charges over the military’s 2017 crackdown on Rohingya.
Shadowed by street violence and food shortages, a U.N. envoy is urging the government of Bolivia’s self-proclaimed interim president and supporters of self-exiled leader Evo Morales to begin talks on peacefully resolving a crisis that has already claimed 23 lives, an official said Sunday.