Putting people always first means protecting, at every stage and in every circumstance, the dignity of the person, and its human rights and fundamental freedoms, and in a specific way, the rights to life and to freedom of religion from which all other rights flow and which are therefore the common foundation of the pillars of peace and security and integral human development.

 The Holy See's Secretary of Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, addressed the United Nations 72nd session of the General Assembly on Monday, September 26th.  Echoing the many pleas of Pope Francis and addressing the 2017 General Assembly theme, "Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life on a Sustainable Planet," he urged governments to do more to end/negotiate current conflicts, protect human dignity, end human trafficking and to work towards a nuclear free world.  To read the complete speech click here

 

 

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