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UN Secretary General sends 'heartfelt congratulations'

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has offered his "heartfelt congratulations" to Pope Francis. In a statement he said:

I look forward to continuing cooperation between the United Nations and the Holy See, under the wise leadership of His Holiness Pope Francis.

We share many common goals – from the promotion of peace, social justice and human rights, to the eradication of poverty and hunger – all core elements of sustainable development.

We also share the conviction that we can only resolve the interconnected challenges of today’s world through dialogue. I am certain that His Holiness will continue to build on the legacy of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, in the promotion of inter-faith dialogue ...

– Ban Ki Moon, United Nations Secretary-General