Pope Calls for Greater International Commitment to Children

VATICAN CITY, MAY 8, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II appealed to the international community for greater commitment to children, as a United Nations children´s summit got under way in New York.

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The three-day summit is focusing on the improvement of children´s situations worldwide.

“This important meeting calls attention to the plagues that continue to afflict children, the precious but also vulnerable treasure of the human family,” the Holy Father said at the end of today´s general audience at the Vatican. “I am thinking of the wars, the poverty, the abuses and injustice of all kinds of which they are victims.”

Addressing pilgrims in St. Peter´s Square, the Pope continued: “During these days, in which representatives of countries from all over the world are meeting to reflect on the conditions in which these children find themselves, I invite everyone to pray for the good result of the works.”

“I also hope that this appointment will result in a renewed commitment of the international community in favor of children, so that all social action that affects them is inspired in an authentic promotion of human dignity and full respect of their fundamental rights,” the Pope concluded.

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