Holy See calls for reinvigorated UN to preserve peace

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Cardinal Pietro Parolin. UN Photo/Cia Pak

To preserve peace the world needs a renewed United Nations, according to the representative of Pope Francis.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy See's Secretary of State, was speaking on Monday at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly.

He said in the face of terrorist attacks on Christians and other minorities, a reinvigorated United Nations is needed, one that is capable of deploying the appropriate action and force.

” It is both licit and urgent to stop aggression through multilateral and a proportionate use of force. The Holy See hopes that the international community will assume a responsibility in considering the best means to stop all aggression and avoid the perpetration of new and even greater injustice.”  

The Cardinal added it is disappointing that up to now, the international community has been characterized by what he called "contradictory voices".

He reminded of the "responsibility to protect" principle adopted almost 10 years ago at a UN World Summit, which calls to protect civilians when a country is unable or unwilling to do so.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’21″

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