When the Pope speaks, the world listens.

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ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS
TO THE UN SYSTEM CHIEF EXECUTIVES BOARD FOR COORDINATION

Pope Francis shakes hands with U.N. Secretary General Ban

 

Pope Francis shakes hands with U.N. Secretary General Ban

Pope Francis (front L) shakes hands with United Nations (U.N.) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during a meeting at the Vatican May 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)
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Mr Secretary General,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

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“I am pleased to welcome you, Mr Secretary-General and the leading executive officers of the Agencies, Funds and Programmes of the United Nations and specialized Organizations, as you gather in Rome for the biannual meeting for strategic coordination of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board.

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It is significant that today’s meeting takes place shortly after the solemn canonization of my predecessors, Pope Saint John XXIII and Pope Saint John Paul II.

 

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The new saints inspire us by their passionate concern for integral human development and for understanding between peoples. This concern was concretely expressed by the numerous visits of John Paul II to the Organizations headquartered in Rome and by his travels to New York, Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi and The Hague.

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I thank you, Mr Secretary-General, for your cordial words of introduction. I thank all of you, who are primarily responsible for the international system, for the great efforts being made to ensure world peace, respect for human dignity, the protection of persons, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, and harmonious economic and social development.

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The results of the Millennium Development Goals, especially in terms of education and the decrease in extreme poverty, confirm the value of the work of coordination carried out by this Chief Executives Board. At the same time, it must be kept in mind that the world’s peoples deserve and expect even greater results.

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An essential principle of management is the refusal to be satisfied with current results and to press forward, in the conviction that those gains are only consolidated by working to achieve even more. In the case of global political and economic organization, much more needs to be achieved, since an important part of humanity does not share in the benefits of progress and is in fact relegated to the status of second-class citizens.

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Future Sustainable Development Goals must therefore be formulated and carried out with generosity and courage, so that they can have a real impact on the structural causes of poverty and hunger, attain more substantial results in protecting the environment, ensure dignified and productive labor for all, and provide appropriate protection for the family, which is an essential element in sustainable human and social development.

 

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Specifically, this involves challenging all forms of injustice and resisting the “economy of exclusion”, the “throwaway culture” and the “culture of death” which nowadays sadly risk becoming passively accepted.

 

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With this in mind, I would like to remind you, as representatives of the chief agencies of global cooperation, of an incident which took place two thousand years ago and is recounted in the Gospel of Saint Luke (19:1-10). It is the encounter between Jesus Christ and the rich tax collector Zacchaeus, as a result of which Zacchaeus made a radical decision of sharing and justice, because his conscience had been awakened by the gaze of Jesus.

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The tax collector

Jesus and his entourage walked on and entered the city of Jericho. Knowing that Jesus was passing through, a wealthy tax collector named Zacchaeus struggled to see him, but he was too short to see over the crowds. He ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to get a better view. When Jesus came past, he called up, “Zacchaeus, come  down immediately. I must stay at your house today” (19:5). Zacchaeus climbed out of the tree immediately and welcomed Jesus.

TREETOP VIEW Zacchaeus peers down from a sycamore-fig tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus in Duccio di Buoninsegna’s painted panel for Siena Cathedral, Italy (c. 1308). The crowd is depicted remonstrating with him above.

“Today, salvation has come to this house…For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

LUKE 19:9,10

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This same spirit should be at the beginning and end of all political and economic activity. The gaze, often silent, of that part of the human family which is cast off, left behind, ought to awaken the conscience of political and economic agents and lead them to generous and courageous decisions with immediate results, like the decision of Zacchaeus.

 

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Does this spirit of solidarity and sharing guide all our thoughts and actions, I ask myself?

 

 

 

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Today, in concrete terms, an awareness of the dignity of each of our brothers and sisters whose life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death must lead us to share with complete freedom the goods which God’s providence has placed in our hands, material goods but also intellectual and spiritual ones, and to give back generously and lavishly whatever we may have earlier unjustly refused to others.

 

 

 

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The account of Jesus and Zacchaeus teaches us that above and beyond economic and social systems and theories, there will always be a need to promote generous, effective and practical openness to the needs of others. Jesus does not ask Zacchaeus to change jobs nor does he condemn his financial activity; he simply inspires him to put everything, freely yet immediately and indisputably, at the service of others.

 

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Consequently, I do not hesitate to state, as did my predecessors (cf. JOHN PAUL II,Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 42-43; Centesimus Annus, 43; BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 6; 24-40), that equitable economic and social progress can only be attained by joining scientific and technical abilities with an unfailing commitment to solidarity accompanied by a generous and disinterested spirit of gratuitousness at every level.

 

 

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A contribution to this equitable development will also be made both by international activity aimed at the integral human development of all the world’s peoples and by the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society.

 

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Consequently, while encouraging you in your continuing efforts to coordinate the activity of the international agencies, which represents a service to all humanity, I urge you to work together in promoting a true, worldwide ethical mobilization which, beyond all differences of religious or political convictions, will spread and put into practice a shared ideal of fraternity and solidarity, especially with regard to the poorest and those most excluded.

 

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Invoking divine guidance on the work of your Board, I also implore God’s special blessing for you, Mr Secretary-General, for the Presidents, Directors and Secretaries General present among us, and for all the personnel of the United Nations and the other international Agencies and Bodies, and their respective families.

 

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Thank you very much.”


Franciscus

Jorge Mario Bergoglio

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© Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Nota Bene:

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The Pope holds a moral microphone more powerful than that of any man on earth.

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When the pope speaks, the world listens.

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Yet, what does the world hear when he speaks?

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Yet more so, how many actually hear or read his words for themselves?

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Since the Pope’s words are heard the world ’round, his words are taken prisoner by many different, and conflicting, groups to impart Holy legitimacy to their secular causes.

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Such, very often, conscious, misinterpretation of Pope’s words is errant and evil.

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As a record, we have now seen and heard the words Pope Francis actually spoke at Roma 9th Day of May, 2014, to the United Nations envoys concerning poverty and responsibility.

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Words that leave an impression far, far different from those which, we are told to believe, represent the Pope’s true words.

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The Pope has such a massive moral microphone that everybody wants to be party to it:

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For both good and ill intent.

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I have very high hopes for Papa Francis to be God’s Light on Earth to show the world out of the darkness in which so many of us now live.
 
Papa is not well and I hope he has many years yet with us.  I was very worried of him Holy Easter Week, then quickly followed by the canonizations of Saints John and John Paul.
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He looked thoroughly exhausted.  I met him many times in Argentina and was impressed with the notion that I was in the presence of a very rare man.
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Very rare.
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Papa is not discussing the silly trivia of politics that so consumes this city, the UN, Brussels and elsewhere.
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Instead, he is discussing life itself and how to try to live as Jesus lived His Life.
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Papa transcends the mundanity of the day-to-day of modern man.
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He lifts us up to a higher plane:
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To breathe air, we do not yet know how to breathe.
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This particular Pope is on the level of a mystic–which is very, very, rare–very rare–His significance to us is not really even religious in nature–it is more a mysticism–it is very apparent when you meet him in person–he views himself as being a man sent to be an example to all of us how to life a proper life–he won’t live long and while he does, we should pay his example to us careful attention because men like him come among us very rarely.

 

Pope Francis  with U.N. Secretary General Ban 9th May, 2014.

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