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Ethical insight of religious leaders

NEW YORK (CNS): Religious leaders have a distinctive role in appealing to the conscience of world leaders that there be an ethical approach to development issues, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Ireland, said in a lecture at the United Nations on March 3.

But the archbishop, who was formerly Vatican nuncio to UN agencies in Geneva, said religious insights could also provide “a framework within which believers and non-believers alike can work”.

Archbishop Martin, who is also a former Vatican justice and peace official, gave the main address at an event sponsored by the Vatican’s UN mission in connection with a week-long meeting to prepare for the next session of the Commission on Sustainable Development from April 11-22 in New York.

Archbishop Martin noted that this year was the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council document Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, and said he was presenting his reflections in accordance with its “method of dialogue”.

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