NEW YORK (CNS): The Vatican’s secretary of state reaffirmed Church support for the United Nations in an address on the final day of the September 6-8 Millennium Summit, but said “reforms will be necessary”.
The gathering drew an unusually large number of presidents, prime ministers and other national leaders to UN headquarters in New York. Cardinal Angelo Sodano said he brought them the encouragement of Pope John Paul II to “reaffirm their confidence in the work of the United Nations”.
“It is the fervent hope of the Holy See that at the dawn of the third millennium the UN will contribute to the building of a new civilisation for the benefit of all mankind, a civilisation which has been called the ‘civilization of love’,” he said, speaking in French.
But Cardinal Sodano said it was a duty of the United Nations to guarantee the equality of its members, and this would require reforms “to adapt the UN structure to present realities and to reinforce the legitimacy of its action”.