I admit it. I'm not a big fan of the United Nations. To me, it seems ineffective and indecisive.
But after spending a week in New York at a conference exploring the Holy See Mission to the United Nations, I have a better understanding of the organization. I certainly disagree with its stance on some issues -- for example its support of abortion. But at the same time I appreciate the fact that the U.N. gives a voice to smaller nations that would otherwise be ignored and tossed to the side by much larger and richer nations.
But what I will take most from the experience is a deeper understanding of the importance of the presence of the Catholic Church at the U.N. It became clear to me that it is crucial that the Church is there: to speak for the voiceless, to object to population control, to condemn abortion, to protect the dignity and rights of the person.
This Sunday, Salt + Light will offer a glimpse into the Holy See Mission at the United Nations. Last June Salt + Light brought you a Catholic Focus on the Holy See at the UN, but this Sunday's 30 minute production provides a more in-depth look at the work of the Mission, examining the relevance of the Church at an international body like the U.N. We look at Pope John Paul II's 1995 U.N. address, we speak with the Apostolic Nuncio to the United Nations, His Excellency, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, as well as other members of the Holy See Mission, and follow four conference participants; tracking their thoughts on the Holy See Mission and the United Nations at the beginning, throughout, and at the end of the conference.
Join us Sunday, at 9pm ET, for "Mission to the UN," and explore the impact and important responsibility, the Catholic Church has on the world stage.