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    » 05/31/2013, 00.00

    VATICAN - UN

    Pope: Middle East and human trafficking focus of meeting with UN Assembly President



    The importance of reconciliation between communities that comprise the various societies and respect for the rights of ethnic and religious minorities. The role that the UN General Assembly could take in programs for the sustainable development agenda after 2015.

    Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The Middle East and human trafficking were the central theme during dicussions this morning between Pope Francis and the UN General Assembly president Vuk Jeremic. Jeremic also met with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, accompanied by the Secretary for Relations with States, Msgr. Dominique Mamberti in the Apostolic Palace,.


    "A number of issues of mutual interest were discussed - read a statement from the Vatican - in particular the resolution of international conflicts through peaceful means, with specific reference to the Middle East, and the serious humanitarian emergencies caused by them. In this context the importance of reconciliation between the various communities that make up society and respect for the rights of ethnic and religious minorities was recognized. The problem of human trafficking was also dwelt upon as well as the plight of refugees and migrants " .

    "With regard to the present global economic crisis, reference was made to the role that the UN General Assembly could assume in programs for the sustainable development agenda after 2015, which respects the environment and at the same time is capable of reducing the distance between rich and poor. "

    "Today's meeting confirmed the Holy See's appreciation for the central role of the Organization in the search for the common good of humanity. Mention was made of the contribution that the Catholic Church also makes, with the means proper to and in accordance with her identity, in favor of the promotion of integral human dignity, peace and a culture of encounter, hoping that those values ​​can always inspire the General Assembly's debates and deliberations".

     

     

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