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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

"Pope questions United Nations president about globalisation," Ekklesia, June 20, 2006.

Pope Benedict XVI, leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, has met with Jan Eliasson, president of the 60th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, and foreign minister of Sweden.

At an audience on Saturday (17 June 2006), the Pope is reported to have raised concerns about the impact of neoliberal-driven globalisation – which has been criticised by church leaders (notably through a ‘confessional process’ organised by the World Council of Churches and global Lutheran and Reformed bodies) of being negligent of the poor and over-determined by corporate economic interests.

According to Joaquin Navarro-Valls, director of the Holy See press office, the conversations between the pontiff and Mr Eliasson touched on “the shortcomings” of globalisation, but focussed “particularly [on] the scant recognition of the religious dimension”.

Without the contribution of religious values, even human rights could lose consistency, the Pope declared.
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