The leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis made a speech at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. Coming just after his visit to Cuba, Pope Francis acknowledged, “This is the fifth time a Pope is visiting the United Nations. I follow in the footsteps of my predecessors Paul VI, in 1965, John Paul II, in 1979 and 1995, and my most recent predecessor, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, in 2008. All of them expressed their great esteem for the Organization”
His speech comes on the occasion of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly and he acknowledged the occasion “The United Nations is presently celebrating its seventieth anniversary.”
His moralistic speech touched on a number of issued such as climate change and poverty and his inspiring speech was met with a thundering ovation.
“The common home of all men and women must continue to rise on the foundations of a right understanding of universal fraternity and respect for the sacredness of every human life, of every man and every woman, the poor, the elderly, children, the infirm, the unborn, the unemployed, the abandoned, those considered disposable because they are only considered as part of a statistic. This common home of all men and women must also be built on the understanding of a certain sacredness of created nature.”