Peace and Security in Africa
On May 19, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, submitted a statement to the Security Council Open Debate on Peace and Security in Africa, being held virtually.
Archbishop Caccia began his remarks by noting the noble aims of the Silencing the Guns initiative. He regretted that it had not yet been achieved but urged relevant parties to persevere toward this end. He shared Pope Francis' reflection that "today's scandal" is the fact that while the social and economic crisis stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic remains severe, armed conflict continues to rage.
Archbishop Caccia welcomed the humanitarian assistance delivered to the region and called for a prioritization of quality education for African children. Poor or no education, he said, "increases the risk of extreme poverty and manipulation by or enrollment into militias." He also mentioned the Catholic Church's efforts in the provision of education, health care, and peace building in the region.
To read his remarks, click here.
CELEBRATING GRADUATIONS — On May 19, staff and interns celebrated the college graduations of Jose Melendez and Kayla Auza, pictured here. Jose, from Nicaragua, graduated from Keiser University with a major in Political Science. Kayla, from Texas, graduated from Fordham University where she majored in American Studies and had minors in Russian and History. The staff and fellow interns wish them all the best. Congratulations!
Path to Peace Gala, 2021
SAVE THE DATE — The annual Path to Peace Gala will be held at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan on November 16th, 2021, from 6-10 pm. The honoree will be His Excellency António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations.