JANUARY 8, 2018 – Pope Francis delivered his annual address to the Holy See’s diplomats on Monday. In his 50-minute speech – which he dedicated to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN in 1948 and which will celebrate its 70th anniversary in December – the pontiff covered a wide-range of challenges facing the world today.
Francis exhorted world leaders to pursue a “reduction of recourse to the use of armed force in the handling of international affairs.” He also called on governments to provide universal healthcare for all, to respect commitments to the environment, integrate migrants, and work towards nuclear disarmament. Francis further called for exploration of “peace initiatives aimed at helping Syria,” and called on all nations to respect “the status quo of Jerusalem, a city sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims.”
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