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HighlightsfromPopeFrancisRemarksat
theUN
OCTOBER19,2015MILLENNIAL
Lastmonth,PopeFrancisspoke
(https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/speeches/2015/september/documents/papa
francesco_20150925_onuvisita.html)attheUnitedNations.Herearesomekeyquotesfromhis
remarks:
1. Withoutclaimingtobeexhaustive,wecanmentionthecodificationanddevelopmentof
internationallaw,theestablishmentofinternationalnormsregardinghumanrights,advances
inhumanitarianlaw,theresolutionofnumerousconflicts,operationsofpeacekeepingand
reconciliation,andanynumberofotheraccomplishmentsineveryareaofinternational
activityandendeavor.Alltheseachievementsarelightswhichhelptodispelthedarknessof
thedisordercausedbyunrestrainedambitionsandcollectiveformsofselfishness..everyone
ofthesepolitical,juridicalandtechnicaladvancesisapathtowardsattainingtheidealof
humanfraternityandameansforitsgreaterrealization.
2. TheInternationalFinancialAgenciesshouldcareforthesustainabledevelopmentofcountries
andshouldensurethattheyarenotsubjectedtooppressivelendingsystemswhich,farfrom
promotingprogress,subjectpeopletomechanismswhichgenerategreaterpoverty,exclusion
anddependence.
3. Yettodaysworldpresentsuswithmanyfalserightsandatthesametimebroadsectors
whicharevulnerable,victimsofpowerbadlyexercised:forexample,thenaturalenvironment
andthevastranksoftheexcluded.
4. Aselfishandboundlessthirstforpowerandmaterialprosperityleadsbothtothemisuseof
availablenaturalresourcesandtotheexclusionoftheweakanddisadvantaged,eitherbecause
theyaredifferentlyabled(handicapped),orbecausetheylackadequateinformationand
technicalexpertise,orareincapableofdecisivepoliticalaction.Economicandsocialexclusion
isacompletedenialofhumanfraternityandagraveoffenseagainsthumanrightsandthe
environment.
5. Politicalandeconomicactivityisonlyeffectivewhenitisunderstoodasaprudentialactivity,
guidedbyaperennialconceptofjusticeandconstantlyconsciousofthefactthat,aboveand

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guidedbyaperennialconceptofjusticeandconstantlyconsciousofthefactthat,aboveand
beyondourplansandprograms,wearedealingwithrealmenandwomenwholive,struggle
andsuffer,andareoftenforcedtoliveingreatpoverty,deprivedofallrights.
6. Toenabletheserealmenandwomentoescapefromextremepoverty,wemustallowthemto
bedignifiedagentsoftheirowndestiny.Integralhumandevelopmentandthefullexerciseof
humandignitycannotbeimposed.Theymustbebuiltupandallowedtounfoldforeach
individual,foreveryfamily,incommunionwithothers,andinarightrelationshipwithall
thoseareasinwhichhumansociallifedevelopsfriends,communities,townsandcities,
schools,businessesandunions,provinces,nations,etc.Thispresupposesandrequiresthe
righttoeducationalsoforgirls(excludedincertainplaces)whichisensuredfirstand
foremostbyrespectingandreinforcingtheprimaryrightofthefamilytoeducateitschildren,
aswellastherightofchurchesandsocialgroupstosupportandassistfamiliesinthe
educationoftheirchildren.
7. Governmentleadersmustdoeverythingpossibletoensurethatallcanhavetheminimum
spiritualandmaterialmeansneededtoliveindignityandtocreateandsupportafamily,
whichistheprimarycellofanysocialdevelopment.Inpracticalterms,thisabsoluteminimum
hasthreenames:lodging,labor,andland;andonespiritualname:spiritualfreedom,which
includesreligiousfreedom,therighttoeducationandothercivilrights.
8. ThesimplestandbestmeasureandindicatoroftheimplementationofthenewAgendafor
developmentwillbeeffective,practicalandimmediateaccess,onthepartofall,toessential
materialandspiritualgoods:housing,dignifiedandproperlyremuneratedemployment,
adequatefoodanddrinkingwater;religiousfreedomand,moregenerally,spiritualfreedom
andeducation.Thesepillarsofintegralhumandevelopmenthaveacommonfoundation,
whichistherighttolifeand,moregenerally,whatwecouldcalltherighttoexistenceof
humannatureitself.
9. Thebanefulconsequencesofanirresponsiblemismanagementoftheglobaleconomy,guided
onlybyambitionforwealthandpower,mustserveasasummonstoaforthrightreflectionon
man:manisnotonlyafreedomwhichhecreatesforhimself.Mandoesnotcreatehimself.He
isspiritandwill,butalsonature(BENEDICTXVI,AddresstotheBundestag,22September
2011,citedinLaudatoSi,6).
10. TheexperienceoftheseseventyyearssincethefoundingoftheUnitedNationsingeneral,and
inparticulartheexperienceofthesefirstfifteenyearsofthethirdmillennium,revealboththe
effectivenessofthefullapplicationofinternationalnormsandtheineffectivenessoftheirlack
ofenforcement.
11. Thereis[an]urgentneedtoworkforaworldfreeofnuclearweapons,infullapplicationofthe
nonproliferationTreaty,inletterandspirit,withthegoalofacompleteprohibitionofthese
weapons.
12. Inwarsandconflictsthereareindividualpersons,ourbrothersandsisters,menandwomen,
youngandold,boysandgirlswhoweep,sufferanddie.
13. Drugtraffickingisbyitsverynatureaccompaniedbytraffickinginpersons,money
laundering,thearmstrade,childexploitationandotherformsofcorruption.
14. Thecommonhomeofallmenandwomenmustcontinuetoriseonthefoundationsofaright
understandingofuniversalfraternityandrespectforthesacrednessofeveryhumanlife,of
everymanandeverywoman,thepoor,theelderly,children,theinfirm,theunborn,the
unemployed,theabandoned,thoseconsidereddisposablebecausetheyareonlyconsideredas
partofastatistic.Thiscommonhomeofallmenandwomenmustalsobebuiltonthe
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partofastatistic.Thiscommonhomeofallmenandwomenmustalsobebuiltonthe
understandingofacertainsacrednessofcreatednature.
Suchunderstandingandrespectcallforahigherdegreeofwisdom,onewhichaccepts
transcendence,rejectsthecreationofanallpowerfulelite,andrecognizesthatthefull
meaningofindividualandcollectivelifeisfoundinselflessservicetoothersandinthesage
andrespectfuluseofcreationforthecommongood.
ThepraiseworthyinternationaljuridicalframeworkoftheUnitedNationsOrganizationandof
allitsactivities,likeanyotherhumanendeavor,canbeimproved,yetitremainsnecessary.
First,itmustbestatedthatatruerightoftheenvironmentdoesexist,fortworeasons.First,
becausewehumanbeingsarepartoftheenvironment.Weliveincommunionwithit,since
theenvironmentitselfentailsethicallimitswhichhumanactivitymustacknowledgeand
respect.Man,forallhisremarkablegifts,whicharesignsofauniquenesswhichtranscends
thespheresofphysicsandbiology(LaudatoSi,81),isatthesametimeapartofthese
spheres.Hepossessesabodyshapedbyphysical,chemicalandbiologicalelements,andcan
onlysurviveanddevelopiftheecologicalenvironmentisfavorable.Anyharmdonetothe
environment,therefore,isharmdonetohumanity.
WeChristians,togetherwiththeothermonotheisticreligions,believethattheuniverseisthe
fruitofalovingdecisionbytheCreator,whopermitsmanrespectfullytousecreationforthe
goodofhisfellowmenandforthegloryoftheCreator;heisnotauthorizedtoabuseit,much
lesstodestroyit.Inallreligions,theenvironmentisafundamentalgood.
Ourworlddemandsofallgovernmentleadersawillwhichiseffective,practicalandconstant,
concretestepsandimmediatemeasuresforpreservingandimprovingthenatural
environmentandthusputtinganendasquicklyaspossibletothephenomenonofsocialand
economicexclusion,withitsbanefulconsequences:humantrafficking,themarketingof
humanorgansandtissues,thesexualexploitationofboysandgirls,slavelabor,including
prostitution,thedrugandweaponstrade,terrorismandinternationalorganizedcrime.
Theecologicalcrisis,andthelargescaledestructionofbiodiversity,canthreatenthevery
existenceofthehumanspecies.

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