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By BETH GRIFFIN Catholic News Service NEW YORK - Pope Francis' visit to the United Nations Sept. 25 will be an act of validation and appreciation for the organization's role in minimizing conflicts, scourges and untold suffering in the world through preventive diplo- macy and peacekeeping, according to the Vatican's U.N. nuncio. Nonetheless, the pope's 30-minute address to the General Assembly will leave some listeners happier than others, because even significant issues may merit only a sentence or two in the speech, Archbishop Bernardito Auza said. Archbishop Auza, the Holy See's per- manent observer to the United Nations, spoke at the observer mission's head- quarters in Manhattan Sept. 9. The pope's two-and-a-half-hour visit will be the shortest of five papal visits to the world body since 1965. In con- trast, St. John Paul II spent four and a half hours at the U.N. both in 1979 and 1995. Archbishop Auza said the upcom- ing papal stay was truncated because of the U.N.'s tight schedule and overwhelm- ing international participation in open- ing events for the 70th meeting of the General Assembly and the Sustainable Development Summit. At the United Nations, Pope Francis will meet publicly and privately with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Archbishop Auza said the private meeting may be the "most solid part of the event," where "they say things they don't want to say publicly." The pope and the U.N. chief will have what he described as a "Nine and Nine" meeting - which will include the two leaders and each one's closest collabo- rators, Archbishop Auza said. Pope Francis also will hold so-called bilateral meetings with the presi- dent of the 69th and 70th sessions of the U.N. General Assembly, Sam Kutesa of Uganda, and Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark, respectively. The final bilateral meeting will be with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is president of the U.N. Security Council for the month of September. In a break with protocol and a nod to complex logistics, Pope Francis will greet U.N. staff at the entrance of the Secretariat Building before he addresses the General Assembly. In the past, visit- ing popes began with their address to the General Assembly, conducted bilateral exchanges and then met the staff. Without speculating on the specific contents of the pope's speech to the General Assembly, Archbishop Auza said predictable topics include the impor- tance of the United Nations, the post-2015 development agenda summit that begins immediately after the pope's address, cli- mate change, eradication of poverty and universal access to health care. At the same time, everyone knows that Pope Francis is a man of surprises and so I think everyone is going to be lis- tening attentively when the Holy Father comes, since no one except the Holy Spirit knows exactly what he will say," Archbishop Auza told Catholic News Service in response to questions submit- ted before the briefing. Archbishop Auza said the pope will deliver his address in Spanish. He will likely decry terrorist groups who claim to commit violence in the name of reli- gion or God, which is "anathema" to the pope. While he may talk about migrants, the pope will probably speak his "most interesting words" on that topic in Philadelphia, where he is "not con- strained by proto- col," Archbishop Auza said. The papal nun- cio said the Holy See Perma nent Observer Mission provided input to the Vatican about present issues fac- ing the United N a t i o n s " a n d things we thought would be helpful" as the pope prepared for his visit. The Holy See is one of two perma- nent observers at the U.N. The other is Palestine. The Vatican's Permanent Observer Mission was established in 1964 and its status formally defined in a 2004 Continued on page 18: FRANCIS Editor's note - Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will lead the diocesan dele- gation to the Holy Father's visit to the United States. See page 18 for a complete listing of the pope's scheduled visits to Washington, D.C., New York City and Philidelphia. Photos and reflections from members of the delegation will be pub- lished in future issues of Catholic Times. ct.dio.org Vol. 119 No. 19 September 20, 2015 Pope Francis challenged to address myriad issues in U.N. address CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz Pope Paul VIs address to the U.N. General Assembly in New York City in 1965 is depicted in a stained-glass window at the Immaculate Conception Center in Doug- laston, N.Y. Oct. 4 will mark the 50th anniversary of the speech. Pope Francis will address the General Assembly Sept. 25. Pope Francis' full U.S. itinerary PAGE 18 His Excellency Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki By the Grace of God and the Favor of the Apostolic See Cjtipq!pg!Tqsjohfme! in Illinois Ars crescendi in Dei gratia A Pastoral Letter To the Clergy and Faithful of uif!Ejpdftf!pg!Tqsjohfme in Illinois On Building a Culture of Growth in the Church Bishop's Pastoral Letter inserted in this issue Index Annual Catholic Services Appeal PAGES 1A-4A This issue was mailed on Sept. 16, 2015 Bishops column page 2 News Roundup page 3 Comment & Dialogue pages 4-5 Word & Worship page 6 Next Generation page 7 Diocesan Life pages 8-13 Datebook page 12 World/National pages 13,17-19 Arts & Entertainment pages 14-15 Classifieds --------------page18

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