UN “deeply appreciates” Pope’s commitment to eradicating poverty

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and members of the UN System Chief Executives Board (CEB) had an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
The Secretary-General (right) with Pope Francis on the occasion. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The United Nations Secretary-General has praised the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church for his role in promoting what he called "a life of dignity for all."

Ban Ki-moon met with Pope Francis I in Rome on Friday

Speaking to an audience at the Vatican, Mr Ban said there is too much intolerance among peoples and faiths, intolerance which aggravates insecurity.

He mentioned the "horrific" fighting in the Central African Republic, the South Sudanese crisis, and the "worsening" Syrian conflict.

Ban Ki-moon said he "deeply" appreciates the Pope's personal commitment to eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development.

” I count on the Catholic Church, under your leadership, under you spiritual guidance, to continue to work closely with the United Nations to promote a life of dignity for all. ” (0'12")

Mr Ban invited Pope Francis to UN Headquarters in New York to discuss his vision for the future.

This is the second time Ban Ki-moon has met with the Pontiff in the Vatican.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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