Vatican diplomat calls on UN to pursue peace in world’s trouble spots
A Vatican official called on the world’s governments to strive more actively to prevent wars, protect human dignity and the environment and work toward a nuclear-free world.
During an address to the United Nations General Assembly on 25th September, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Vatican foreign minister, also described the right to life and freedom of religion as pillars of peace and development, allowing human rights to flow from them.
He addressed the drug trade, trafficking in persons and the importance of protecting innocent people from violence and war in his wide-ranging speech that echoed numerous concerns raised by Pope Francis during his pontificate.
“Putting people always first means protecting, at every stage and in every circumstance, the dignity of the person and its human rights and fundamental freedoms,” Archbishop Gallagher said. He called such protections “the common foundation of peace and security and integral human development.”
“These two human rights are indivisible from those other rights and fundamental freedoms relating to a dignified spiritual, material and intellectual life for each citizen and for their families, among others, the right to food, the right to water, the right for housing, the right to safe environment and the right to work,” he said.
Picture: Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Vatican foreign minister, addresses the 72nd UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on 25th September. (CNS photo/Cia Pak, United Nations).Tags: Archbishop Gallagher, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, drug trade, environment, human dignity, human trafficking, nuclear, UN, Vatican, violence, war