United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered strong praise of Pope Francis in an interview with Vatican Radio.
The Pontiff is scheduled to address the United Nations on September 25.
The Pope “is a man of humility and humanity, and he is a man of moral voice, and purpose,” said Ban. “Particularly at a time in which this world is experiencing many conflicts– refugees, migration, human rights abuses, climate change– we really need such a strong moral voice as the Pope’s.”
“On [this] occasion, during which more than 150 heads of state and government of the world are gathering, therefore, you cannot expect any greater, more significant and important gathering of the world’s leaders, including the Pope,” Ban added. “I’m grateful for his compassionate leadership for peace and humanity.”