UN has ‘no power’, says Pope Francis

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Pope Francis gave a detailed interview to Argentina’s national news agency Télam. Questions and discussions were conducted in the native language of Pope Francis, Spanish.

The pontiff answered questions on various topics including climate change, the pandemic, poverty and his own decade of the papacy.

At one point in an interview, Pope Francis was asked about the vitality and longevity of “multilateral organizations” and whether they could influence the world. In particular, the pontiff spoke about the role United Nations and dismissed the organization as powerless.

“After World War II, the United Nations was given credibility. I’m not going to offend anyone, I know that very good people work there, but at the moment the UN has no right to defend its authority,” said the pope.

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Pope Francis arrives for a ceremony at the Maronite Cathedral of Our Lady of Mercy in Nicosia, Cyprus on Thursday, December 12.  2, 2021.

Pope Francis arrives for a ceremony at the Maronite Cathedral of Our Lady of Mercy in Nicosia, Cyprus on Thursday, December 12. 2, 2021.
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Pope Francis stated that he did not mean to point the finger or offend anyone with his observation, and that the UN can sometimes offer substantial help, but ultimately the UN charter does not allow it to be very helpful.

He continued: “It helps to prevent wars and I think of Cyprus where the Argentine troops are cooperating. But in order to stop a war, to resolve a conflict like the one we are seeing now in Europe, or like others around the world, she has no power. I don’t want to offend. It’s just that its constitution doesn’t give the organization that kind of power.”

An English translation of the interview was provided Official press office of the Vatican.

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Pope Francis delivers a sermon during the Epiphany Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, Jan.  December 6, 2022 in Vatican City, Vatican City.

Pope Francis delivers a sermon during the Epiphany Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, Jan. December 6, 2022 in Vatican City, Vatican City.
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Last month, Pope Francis to dispel any rumors about the upcoming resignation from the papacy.

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At a meeting with more than a dozen Catholic bishops visiting the Vatican from Brazil, Pope Francis discussed his health and plans for the future of his reign. The pope told visiting Archbishop Roque Paloschi that resigning as Holy See “doesn’t cross his mind,” according to a Portuguese publication. Official Vatican News Service.

However, the pope did not pretend to be healthy, reportedly telling bishops that he was facing many challenges, but that he would like to live the life God gave him to the end.