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Poverty, nuclear weapons and the environment: Pope Francis at the UN

Pope Francis in United Nations
Pope Francis addresses a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, September 25, 2015. © Mike Segar / Reuters
Saving the planet is part of helping the poor and the excluded, Pope Francis told a UN summit. The pontiff called for a ban on nuclear weapons and chastised international finance and ‘ideological colonization’ for making the world worse.

Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Summit on Friday, the head of the Roman Catholic Church made a nod to the importance of the UN, now that technology has enabled humanity to overcome distance and frontiers and “all natural limits to the exercise of power.”

“Technological power, in the hands of nationalistic or falsely universalist ideologies, is capable of perpetrating tremendous atrocities,” the Pope said, praising the achievements of the UN in containing that potential as “lights which help to dispel the darkness of the disorder caused by unrestrained ambitions and collective forms of selfishness.”

Political and economic activity, he said, is only effective when guided by prudence and justice, with awareness that there are real people living, struggling and suffering as a result. Economic and social exclusion is a “complete denial of human fraternity and a grave offense against human rights and the environment,” the pontiff added, condemning the “culture of waste” that has grown to include millions of human beings condemned to live in poverty.

“No human individual or group can consider itself absolute, permitted to bypass the dignity and the rights of other individuals or their social groupings,”

Respecting and applying the UN charter with transparency and sincerity, without ulterior motives and “not as a means of masking spurious intentions,” leads to peaceful results, the Pope said. On the other hand, when the UN is considered “simply as an instrument to be used whenever it proves favorable, and to be avoided when it is not,” great harm ensues to people, culture and even the environment.

“Any harm done to the environment, therefore, is harm done to humanity,” Pope Francis said.

It was the fifth time a Pope addressed the world organization. Paul VI made the first papal appearance before the UN in 1965. John Paul II spoke at the General Assembly twice, in 1979 and 1995. Benedict XVI addressed the UN in 2008, five years before resigning.

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