Switzerland: The UN celebrates “John Paul II and Human Rights”

Source: FSSPX News

John-Paul II in UN, in 1995.

A celebration dedicated to “The Promotion of Human Rights by John Paul II” took place on June 20 in the Palace of Nations in Geneva.  It had been organized the Permanent Mission of the Holy See and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland with the United Nations in Geneva, in collaboration with the Polish Catholic Mission in Switzerland.

After words of welcome pronounced by the General Director of the Office of the United Nations in Geneva, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, by the Apostolic Nuncio Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer at the UN, and by the Polish ambassador to the UN, Remigiusz A. Henczel, the participants were able to listen to a message from Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State of the Holy See, and to attend a showing of a documentary film entitled “John Paul II and Human Rights”.

Then a round table brought together the ambassador from Poland to the Holy See, Hanna Suchocka, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyons, and Mordechay Lewy, ambassador from Israel to the Holy See.  After a piano concert with works by F. Chopin and I. J. Paderewski, the participants were able to visit an exposition of postage stamps from countries throughout the world on the theme of the “pilgrim pope”.  (Source : Apic – DICI n° 237 du 25/06/11)