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Vatican envoy calls for UN action against terrorism

October 05, 2016

In an October 5 address to a UN session on combatting terrorism, Archbishop Bernardito Auza called for international action to “deny terrorists access to cyber-technologies to recruit new adherents” and to finance their activities.

The Vatican’s permanent observer at UN headquarters in New York said that vigorous steps are needed to stop terrorists. However, he said, these measures should be respectful of human rights, and must not interfere with the delivery of humanitarian aid to the affected populations.

Archbishop Auza said that education—and especially education that introduces young people to different cultures—is an effective means of reducing the appeal of extremist ideologies. He also emphasized the role of religious leaders, who “must take the lead in rejecting the narratives and ideologies that engender radicalization, hatred and extremism.”

 
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