People come first, human life is sacred, pope insists at U.N.

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September 25, 2015

Pope Francis addresses the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York Sept. 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-UN Sept. 25, 2015.

Pope Francis addresses the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York Sept. 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — Dealing with war, development, the economy or environmental concerns, bureaucrats and diplomats always must remember that the lives of real children, women and men are at stake, Pope Francis told the United Nations.

Helping to celebrate the organization’s 70th anniversary, Pope Francis visited its headquarters Sept. 25 and pleaded with government leaders and U.N. officials to keep the dignity and sacredness of every human life and the value of all creatures at the center of their concern.

“Above and beyond our plans and programs,” he told the U.N. General Assembly, “we are dealing with real men and women who live, struggle and suffer and are often forced to live in great poverty, deprived of all rights.”

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