UN chief holds "an uplifting, hopeful meeting" with Pope Francis

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The Secretary-General and Pope Francis exchange gifts

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had what he has described as "an uplifting, hopeful meeting" with Pope Francis  in Rome on Tuesday.

Mr. Ban told reporters that the discussion included the need to advance social justice and accelerate the work to meet the Millennium Development Goals to end poverty.

Mr. Ban said he was also very heartened by the Pope's commitment to build bridges among communities of faith.

"I strongly believe that interfaith dialogue can point the way to a deeper appreciation for shared values which in turn can lead to tolerance, inclusion and peace. This is the motivating force of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations initiative, and I greatly appreciated the opportunity to speak with Pope Francis about how to further promote this essential work. It was an uplifting, hopeful meeting. Pope Francis is a man of peace and purpose. He is a voice for the voiceless." (34")

The Secretary-General said that in the spirit of continuing the conversation, he has invited Pope Francis to visit the United Nations at his earliest convenience.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1'14"

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