Pope Francis to address refugee crisis in UN speech

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(Worthy News) - Pope Francis is expected to focus on the need for peace in a conflict-torn world facing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II when he addresses the United Nations later this month, the Holy See said Wednesday.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican's apostolic nuncio and UN ambassador, said the pope's address, in his native Spanish, to the 193-member General Assembly on Sept. 25 will likely stress poverty and bad government as drivers of conflict and migration.

He said the plight of tens of thousands of migrants seeking safety and a new life in Europe will be touched on in the pope’s UN speech because it’s an international issue and “a universal problem.”

The archbishop said Francis' 2 1/2-hour visit to the United Nations will be the fifth by a pope and the shortest because of time constraints. [ Source ]

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