International Cooperation to Combat
Illicit Financial Flows and Strengthen
Good Practices and Asset Returns
On May 16, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN gave an intervention during the High Level Meeting on International Cooperation to Combat Illicit Financial Flows and Strengthen Good Practices and Asset Returns, which took place at UN headquarters in New York.
In his statement, Archbishop Auza said that illicit financial flows (IFF) harm the development especially of poorer nations by depriving them of needed developmental resources, encouraging criminal activity, undermining the rule of law and political stability, promoting human trafficking and catalyzing the exploitation of natural resources by extractive industries. Combating IFFs, he added, requires strong international cooperation and the recognition that the problem is not just technological or financial, but ethical.
The statement can be found here
Getting Ready for the May 22 Path to Peace Gala
On Wednesday, May 22, at 7 pm at the Pierre Hotel in New York, the Path to Peace Foundation will hold its annual Gala Dinner benefitting the work of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. The Path to Peace Foundation was founded by Cardinal Renato Martino in 1991 to support the work of the Holy See Mission, help promote Catholic Social Teaching and support humanitarian causes in the developing world.
This year’s Gala honors the work of Aid to the Church in Need, especially its promotion of religious freedom and defense of persecuted Christians across the globe. Accepting the 2019 Path to Peace Award on behalf of Aid to the Church in Need will be Dr. Thomas Heine-Geldern, its international Executive President.