Pope Paul VI addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Monday(4 October), in a moving and eloquent plea for world peace and disarmament.
Arrival, greeting, and two excerpts of the papal address. The official English translation of the excerpts is given below:
"It is pride, no matter how legitimate it may seem to be, which provokes tension and struggles for prestige, for predominance, colonialism, egotism; that is, pride disrupts brotherhood. And now our message reaches its highest point, which is, at first, a negative point. You are expecting us to utter this sentence, and we are well aware of its gravity and solemnity: Not the ones against the others, never again, never more! It was principally for this purpose that the organization of the United Nations arose: against war, in favor of peace! Listen to the lucid words of the great departed John Kennedy, who proclaimed, four years ago: 'Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.'
Respect for life, even with regard to the great problem of birth, must find here in your assembly its highest affirmation and its most reasoned defense. You must strive to multiply bread so that it suffices for the tables of mankind, and not rather favor an artificial control of birth, which would be irrational, in order to diminish the number of quests at the banquet of life. It does not suffice, however, to feed the hungry, it is necessary also to assure to each man a life conformed to his dignity. This too you strive to perform. We may consider this the fulfilment before our very eyes, and by your efforts, of the prophetical announcement so applicable to your institution: 'They will melt down their swords into ploughshares, their spears into pruning forks.'"
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Background: Pope Paul VI addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Monday(4 October), in a moving and eloquent plea for world peace and disarmament. The Pontiff spoke in French.
Upon arrival at the United Nations headquarters, the Pontiff was greeted by Secretary General U Thant. He spent a moment in the meditation room; then went to the General Assembly Chamber for his address.