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UN leader invites Pope to New York headquarters April 18, 2007

Pope Benedict XVI met on April 18 with Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the UN, who invited him to visit the New York headquarters of the international body.

In a brief statement about the Wednesday-evening meeting, the Vatican said that the 20-minute conversation had focused on cooperation between the Church and the UN. The Vatican statement acknowledged the UN official's invitation for a papal visit to headquarters in New York, but did not indicate the Pontiff's response.

Ban Ki-moon, a South Korean diplomat who succeeded Kofi Annan in January 2007 as Secretary General, was meeting with the Pope for the first time. He was accompanied by his wife.

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