#894 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 18 May 2014.
In a bold move, Pope Francis has encouraged the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon and other UN executives to promote “a true, worldwide ethical mobilization” that will spread and put into practice a shared ideal of fraternity and solidarity, especially with regard to the poorest and those most excluded.”
The Argentinian pope also reminded UN leaders of the story recounted in Luke 19:1-10, the encounter between Jesus and a rich tax collector Zacchaeus, as a result of which Zacchaeus made a radical decision of sharing and justice, because his conscience had been awakened by the gaze of Jesus.
According to Pope Francis,
today, in concrete terms, an awareness of the dignity of each of our brothers and sisters whose life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death must lead us to share with complete freedom the goods which God’s providence has placed in our hands.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.