Vatican urges U.N. to seek equitable sharing of space technology

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October 20, 2015

Vatican nuncio to United Nations smiles during interview with Catholic News Service in New York City

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Vatican nuncio to the United Nations, smiles during an interview with Catholic News Service at the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the U.N. in New York City. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — The information and services that space technology provides must be shared as much as possible by the countries of the world to reduce the risk that economic and social inequalities will widen, a Vatican official told the United Nations.

The “opening of outer space for scientific and peaceful research be for the benefit of all of us,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See’s permanent observer to the U.N., said Oct. 19 during a meeting of the General Assembly.

The archbishop pointed to Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home,” as well as St. Francis’ “The Canticle of the Creatures” for words to help the world understand that space also is the common home of the human family.

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