“I approve of the initiative of global solidarity that are demonstrating the leaders” but, given the seriousness of the migratory crisis, “I expect them to do more”. Those are the words of the general secretary of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, reported during an interview on a Catholic radio station on the occasion of the forthcoming visit of the Pope to the palace of the UN, planned on September 25. “People are fleeing from wars and persecutions, looking for freedom and better opportunities and they must be protected,” added the secretary. The migration unprecedented inflow that is affecting the old continent, ‘is a challenge for the world and for Europe, the continent that has in the past benefited from this type of migration”.
On the visit of Bergoglio and on the speech that the Pontiff will offer in the general assembly of the glass palace, the secretary commented: “We look forward with great enthusiasm to the visit of His Holiness, Pope Francis. This will be my fourth meeting with the Pope, but his first visit to the United Nations. In the history of the relations between the UN and the Vatican, I think that this is the first case in which a Pope visits the United Nations during the work of the General Assembly”. Francis, says Ban Ki-moon, “is a humble and an incredibly human person, and a man whose voice has a great moral importance. In particular, in this world that is going through so many conflicts, so many refugees and migration, many violations of human rights, the problem of climate change, we really need to have a strong voice that appeals to moral values, as that of the Pope”. “I am grateful to him – concludes the general secretary – for his merciful guidance that aims at peace and at humanity’s wellbeing”.