On the occasion of the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations, Cardinal Pietro Parolin had the opportunity to address a video message to the country representatives.
Newsroom ( 27/08/2021 20:25, Gaudium Press) – Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, recorded a video message to the participants of the 76th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. Representing the Holy See and the wishes of Pope Francis, the Cardinal explored important points on the world scene.
The title of the message “Building resilience through hope,” hope that is found in “fraternal closeness” and is based “on the reserves of goodness present in the human heart” was the basis of the entire structure of the message.
It is necessary to think about the most needy
Conveying the Holy Father’s words on the pandemic crisis, Cardinal Parolin, asked international leaders to help alleviate the suffering of the most needy, especially those who do not have access to vaccination, something that should be within everyone’s reach.
The Cardinal exhorted UN members and invited them “to rethink the relationship between individuals and the economy and to take care that economic models and development programs continue to serve men and women” and added: “Do not neglect the poor.
Climate change, immigration, and human rights
The Cardinal encouraged the initiatives and programs to preserve the environment and stated that it is a necessary concern. He illustrated with the case of Haiti, a country that besides political and humanitarian problems is a victim of natural disasters due to climate change.
Parolin gladly mentioned the treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons and said that one of the great desires of the Holy See is a worldwide ceasefire. He also did not fail to address the immigration issue and criticized the indifference of some states and the non-compliance with human rights.
Peace needs brothers and sisters
Finally, the Secretary of State urged UN members to truly work for world peace. He noted that despite all the difficulties there are many signs of hope in society. Therefore, he wishes for joint work to build the peace of tomorrow. “Peace does not need winners or losers, but brothers and sisters who despite all misunderstanding and wounds of the past, move from conflict to unity.” (FM)
With information from Vatican News.
Compiled by Camille Mittermeier