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Archbishop Bernardito Auza ©Holy See Mission

Archbishop Bernardito Auza ©Holy See Mission

Archbishop Auza Says Terrorism Must Be Combatted “Wherever It Is, Whatever Its Banner”

‘The respect of the right to assemble and of freedom of expression is vital to defeat violent extremism…’

“Terrorism is a threat to us all, we must also combat it wherever it is, whatever is its banner, and whatever are its means,” said on June 29, 2018, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the United Nations in New York, at the high level Conference on the fight against terrorism.

Intervening at the Fourth Session on the implementation of the United Nations global anti-terrorist strategy, the Archbishop encouraged the UN to make the Rights of Man and International Humanitarian Law respected, “to impede terrorists from using abuses against the Rights of Man as excuses for their atrocious acts. Every anti-terrorist tactic that allows abuses . . . will always have the opposite effect” and will augment “local support to terrorism.”

The Holy See’s representative pleaded for the prevention of radicalization, implicating civil societies. “A good part of the success or failure of anti-terrorist strategies rests on local capacities and initiatives. Anti-terrorist efforts should involve the local populations,” in order to prevent the radicalization of young people.

“The respect of the right to assemble and of freedom of expression is vital to defeat violent extremism, because the freedom to direct expressions of protest and grief through democratic processes can do much to calm impulses to violence,” continued Archbishop Auza.

“The Holy See engages actively with the leaders of other religions and their faith communities to prevent incitements to all forms of radicalization and violence, encouraging and intensifying a sincere inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue and cooperation,” he concluded.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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