Ban to discuss issues from poverty to climate change with Benedict
(dpa) - UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that he plans to bring up issues of
"common concern" when Pope Benedict XVI visits UN headquarters on
"I am looking forward to meeting with His Holiness again, so that we can continue our discussion on issues of common concern, such as poverty reduction, climate change, disarmament and the dialogue among civilizations," Ban told reporters as the UN prepares to welcome Benedict.
Benedict will spend about three hours at the UN. His schedule includes an address to the UN General Assembly and a meeting with UN staff and foreign dignitaries. His stop will be the fourth papal visit to the UN after Paul VI in 1967 and John Paul II in 1979 and 1995.