The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, has told the UN in New York that member states should solve the world’s crises together.
Benedict XVI, the third pope to address the UN, said the world was still subject to “the decisions of a few”, without naming countries. He urged states to protect their people from “grave and sustained” human rights abuses or face outside intervention.
The Pope later visited a synagogue as part of his six-day US tour. Pope Benedict visited Park East synagogue, just hours before the start of the Jewish Passover, becoming the first leader of the Roman Catholic church to visit a Jewish place of worship in the US.
His agenda in New York, his last stop before returning to Rome, also includes visiting Ground Zero and celebrating Mass at Yankee Stadium.
Pity his says that in the country that became an example of exactly the opposite!
Pope Benedict XVI has received an unprecedented presidential greeting from George W Bush after arriving for his first official visit to the US.
Mr. Bush and his wife Laura were waiting on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base when the Pontiff’s plane touched down. During his six-day visit, the head of the Catholic Church will address the UN and lead prayers at Ground Zero.
Before arriving the Pope told reporters on board his plane that he was “deeply ashamed” of sexual abuse by US clergy. Pope Benedict, who was elected three years ago, vowed to work against a recurrence of the crisis, which tarnished the Church’s reputation, saying “we will absolutely exclude pedophiles from the sacred ministry”.
In recent years, the US Catholic Church, which has around 65 million followers, has paid $2bn (£1bn) to settle clergy sexual abuse cases. The damage limitation over past scandals is not the main purpose of the Pontiff’s first trip to the US though.
So this is it, the Pope is not going to talk about Iraq and George W. Bush will avoid …children! What a …blessing!