"MUCH WORK REMAINS IN MANY DIFFERENT AREAS"
agrees with the report that a great deal of progress has been achieved
in the fields of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care. Nevertheless,
while the pandemic seems to be under control in certain countries,
many other countries appear to be almost helpless in tackling the
spread of HIV/AIDS.” This was the gist of the address deliverd
by Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See's permanent observer
to the United Nations, on Monday October 2, 2006 to the General
Assembly session of the the “Report of the Secretary-General
on the Work of the Organization.”
Archbishop Migliore calls
for the United Nations to continue to move from commitments to action,
and continue the process of transforming itself into an institution
ready for the challenges of the 21st century. Below is the Archbishop's
we consider the secretary-general's report on the work of the Organization,
my delegation would like to thank him, as well as his staff, for
their work in the field and on this comprehensive report.
is often said, "reform" is not an event but rather a process,
and this year marks an important occasion to ensure that these processes
continue. To this end, we welcome the secretary-general's efforts
in continuing to press for reform. In particular, the creation of
a mediation support capacity within the Department of Political
Affairs is an example of how existing structures can be successfully
modified to address global needs. However, despite the progress
made, much work remains in many different areas.
share the secretary-general's views on the importance of conflict
prevention and responsibility to protect. At the same time, we would
like to stress the need to interconnect more explicitly and more
effectively the areas of security and development. The present lack
of progress in the fields of development aid and trade reform threatens
everyone's security and well being. By contrast, the fulfillment
of the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] promises economic progress,
the alleviation of poverty, a reduction in terrorism and increased
recent conferences and meetings on disarmament, my delegation has
expressed its deep concern for the stagnation of the multilateral
negotiations on disarmament and nonproliferation. The whole U.N.
system should grasp the opportunity to acknowledge the links between
disarmament, development and humanitarian concerns, and commit itself
to strategies and programs to reduce the demand for arms and armed
the area of humanitarian assistance, the establishment of the Central
Emergency Response Fund and the innovative cluster coordination
system are important modifications to the existing humanitarian
assistance system. My delegation looks forward to closely following
their developments. In coordinating humanitarian relief, the United
Nations should continue to play a leading role in balancing the
autonomy of civil society actors with the need to provide effective
aid to the most vulnerable.
delegation agrees with the report that a great deal of progress
has been achieved in the fields of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment
and care. Nevertheless, while the pandemic seems to be under control
in certain countries, many other countries appear to be almost helpless
in tackling the spread of HIV/AIDS. We would do well to face this
issue with more focused initiatives, learning, for example, from
the specific action taken in the field of foreign debt with the
highly indebted poorest countries (HIPCs). The concentration of
our financial, logistical and human resources would enable the countries
most affected by HIV/AIDS to put an end to this scourge and consolidate
the hope that humankind will overcome the pandemic worldwide.
President, while greater action is needed to ensure that all the
commitments of 2005 are fulfilled, it is important to understand
the breadth of the commitments that were made. The World Summit
Outcome Document was a carefully negotiated and well-crafted document
that sought to balance strongly held views. Therefore, it is of
the utmost importance that when implementing this document, we ensure
that respect for this delicate balance be maintained. To this end,
it is important to reaffirm that "ensuring access to reproductive
health by 2015," as referenced in Paragraph 24, was seen by
our leaders as a means of achieving the target of reducing maternal
mortality rather than being a target in and of itself.
it is our sincere hope that this session of the General Assembly
will continue to move from commitments to action, and the United
Nations can continue the process of transforming itself into an
institution ready for the challenges of the 21st century.
you, Madam President.
OF THE SAINTS
MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
Today we begin our new year at the Eucharistic Celebration. We thank God for Mary, Jesus' mother, who brought the Savior into the world. Because she is the mother of Jesus, God's Son, she truly is the Mother of God.
ST. BASIL AND ST. GREGORY NAZIANZEN
Sts. Basil and Gregory were born in Asia Minor in the year 330. This area is modern-day Turkey. Basil's grandmother, father, mother, two brothers and a sister are all saints.
St. Genevieve was born around 422 in Nanterre, a small village four miles from Paris. While still very young, she desired to devote her life to Jesus.
ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON
St. Elizabeth was called "Mother Seton" by everyone knew her by when she died on January 4, 1821, in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
ST. JOHN NEUMANN
St. John Neumann was not only quiet, he was short-five feet, two inches tall. His eyes were very kind and he smiled a lot.
BLESSED ANDRE BESSETTE
St. Alfred Bessette was born on August 9, 1845, not far from Montreal, Canada. He was the eighth of twelve children.
ST. RAYMOND OF PENYAFORT
St. Raymond was born between 1175 and 1180 in a little town near Barcelona, Spain. He was educated at the cathedral school in Barcelona and became a priest. .
St. Thorfinn's life were discovered in details long after his death. He died in 1285, in a monastery in Belgium. Fifty years later, his tomb was accidentally opened during some construction work.
ST. JULIAN AND ST. BASILISSA
St. Julian and St. Basilissa were husband and wife. They lived in the early part of the fourth century.
St. William came from a wealthy French family. Even as a boy, he did not waste time fooling around or being idle.
St. Theodosius was born in Asia Minor in 423. As a young man, he set out on pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
ST. MARGUERITE BOURGEOYS
St. Marguerite was born in Troyes, France, on April 17, 1620, but spent most of her eighty years in Montreal, Canada.
ST. HILLARY OF POITIERS
St. Hilary was born into a pagan family on 315 in Poitiers, a town in France. His family was rich and well-known. Hilary received a good education.
St. Macrina and her husband learned the high price of being true to their Christian beliefs.
ST. PAUL THE HERMIT
St. Paul was born into a Christian family in the year 229. They lived in Thebes, Egypt. Paul's parents showed him by their own lives how to love God and worship him with one's whole heart. Paul
ST. BERARD AND COMPANIONS
Six Franciscan friars accepted from St. Francis of Assisi an assignment to go to Morocco. They were to announce Christianity to the Muslims.
ST. ANTHONY OF EGYPT
St. Anthony was born in 251 in a small village in Egypt. When he was twenty years old, his parents died. They left him a large estate and placed him in charge of the care of his young sister.
Blessed Christina lived in the sixteenth century. She was born in Abruzzi, Italy. Her baptismal name was Matthia. As she grew up, Matthia felt the call to a life of prayer and penance.
St. Canute was a strong, wise king of Denmark. He lived in the eleventh century. Canute was a great athlete, an expert horseman, and a marvelous general.
ST. FABIAN AND ST. SEBASTIAN
St. Fabian was a pope who died a martyr in 250. It was during the persecution by Emperor Decius.
St. Agnes was a Roman girl who died in 304. She was just twelve years old when she suffered martyrdom for her faith.
ST. VINCENT OF SARAGOSSA
St. Vincent was martyred in Spain in 304. This was the same year that Agnes was martyred in Rome.
ST. JOHN THE ALMSGIVER
St. John was a dedicated Christian nobleman. He used his wealth and position to help poor people. After his wife passed away, John became a priest and bishop. In 608, he was consecrated the patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt.
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES
St. Francis was born at the de Sales castle in Savoy, France, on August 21, 1567. His wealthy family provided him with an excellent education. By the age of twenty-four, Francis was a Doctor of Law.
CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL
St. Paul lived at the time of Jesus but as far as we know they never met. Paul was first called Saul. As a young man, he was a very bright student of the Hebrew religion.
ST. TIMOTHY AND ST. TITUS
St. Timothy was born in Lycaonia in Asia Minor. His mother was a Jew and his father was a Gentile.
ST. ANGELA MERICI
St. Angela was born in the small Italian town of Desenzano, Italy, around 1474. Her parents died when she was ten. She and her only sister, who was three years older, loved each other very much.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
St. Thomas lived in the thirteenth century. He was the son of a noble family of Italy. He was very intelligent, but he never boasted about it. He knew that his mind was a gift from God.
St. Gildas was born around the year 500 in Britain. He set out as a young man to practice a self-sacrificing lifestyle.
St. Bathildis was a frightened, Christian English girl could have never imagined what her future would be like.
ST. JOHN BOSCO
St. John Bosco was born in Turin, Italy, on August 16, 1815. His parents were poor farmers. When John was two, his father died. John's mother struggled to keep the family together.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?