UN could be great: Lombardi

The United Nations must commit itself to fulfilling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights if it is to be a "great" organisation, a Vatican spokesman has said.

Zenit reports Vatican Press office director Fr Federico Lombardi made this statement on his weekly television address where he reflected on Pope Benedict's speech to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See.

Fr Lombardi said Pope Benedict asserted the international community must respond to the world's desire for peace and justice.

"A climate of peace, security and stability are necessary for equitable and sustainable development," Fr Lombardi said.

"Not only this, but it is necessary to work on the solid basis of that which is permanent and essential to the human person, of his greatness and dignity.

"The roles of international institutions such as the United Nations could then be great, if they commit themselves to the putting into practice the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," he said.

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15 Jan 2008