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Vatican envoy urges UN: put policy focus on family

December 03, 2014

Speaking to a UN session marking the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family, Archbishop Bernardito Auza said that government policies should be designed to promote strong family life.

Archbishop Auza, the Vatican’s representative at UN headquarters in New York, called attention to a report from the UN Secretary General noting that “families are rarely the focus of major policy initiatives.” While it is understandable that government policies focus on the needs of women or children, the archbishop said, a broader focus on family life would ultimately serve those purposes more effectively. He said that “the fight against violence and discrimination against women and girls, the empowerment of women and the promotion of the rights of the child could yield greater results if we take the more integrated approach of taking into account the family unit.”


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