United Nations ‘has no energy,’ Pope Francis says

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Pope Francis spoke to Argentina’s nationwide information company, Télam, in a longform interview. The questions and dialogue have been performed in Pope Francis’s native language, Spanish.

The pontiff fielded questions on a wide range of subjects together with local weather change, the pandemic, poverty and his personal decade of the papacy. 

At one level within the interview, Pope Francis was requested in regards to the endurance and longevity of “multilateral organizations” — and whether or not they’re able to have an effect on peace. Notably, the pontiff spoke in regards to the position of the United Nations and dismissed the group as powerless.

“After World War II, trust was placed in the United Nations. It is not my intention to offend anybody, I know there are very good people working there, but at this point, the UN has no power to assert its authority,” the pope mentioned.

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Pope Francis arrives to attend a ceremony at the Maronite Cathedral of Our Lady of Graces in Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. 

Pope Francis arrives to attend a ceremony on the Maronite Cathedral of Our Girl of Graces in Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. 
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Pope Francis acknowledged that he didn’t imply to level fingers or offend anybody with the statement — and that the UN can sometimes provide significant assist — however finally the constitution of the UN doesn’t enable it to be of a lot use.

He continued, “It does help to prevent wars, and I’m thinking of Cyprus, where Argentine troops are collaborating. But in order to stop a war, to resolve a conflict like the one we are seeing in Europe right now or like others around the world, it has no power. I don’t mean to offend. It is just that its constitution does not give the organization that kind of power.”

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An English translation of the interview was made accessible by the Vatican’s official press outlet.

Pope Francis holds his homily during  a Mass on  the Solemnity of the Epiphany at St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 6, 2022, in Vatican City, Vatican. 

Pope Francis holds his homily throughout  a Mass on  the Solemnity of the Epiphany at St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 6, 2022, in Vatican Metropolis, Vatican. 
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Final month, Pope Francis put to mattress any rumors of an upcoming resignation from the papacy.

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In a gathering with over a dozen Catholic bishops visiting the Vatican from Brazil, Pope Francis mentioned his well being and plans for the way forward for his reign. The pope instructed visiting Archbishop Roque Paloschi that resigning from the Holy See “does not cross his mind,” in keeping with the Portuguese version of the Vatican’s official news service.

Nevertheless, the pope didn’t feign nice well being, reportedly telling the bishops that he was dealing with many challenges, however that he wished to reside the life God gave him till the tip.

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