(Vatican Radio) The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has welcomed the visit to UN Headquarters by Pope Francis, scheduled for September 25th. In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, the Secretary-General says, “His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the United Nations Headquarters on the morning of 25 September 2015.”
The Statement goes on to say, “The Secretary-General welcomes the visit of Pope Francis as an important part of a historic year in which the United Nations marks its 70th anniversary and in which Member States will take major decisions about sustainable development, climate change and the future peace and well-being of humankind.”
During the visit, Pope Francis will address the United Nations General Assembly, hold meetings with the Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly, as well as participate in a town hall gathering with United Nations staff.
Ban’s statement concludes, saying, “The Secretary-General is confident that His Holiness Pope Francis' visit will inspire the international community to redouble its efforts to achieve human dignity for all through ensuring greater social justice, tolerance and understanding among all of the world's peoples.”