INTERNATIONAL MARIE SMITH DEC 10, 2018 | 7:37PM WASHINGTON, DC
Pope Francis sent a message today, Human Rights Day, to an international conference in Rome on human rights—“Human Rights in the Contemporary World: Achievements, Omissions, Negations”—with words that apply to the world and especially to policy makers.
“Human rights must at the center of all policies even when it means going against the grain,” Pope Francis exhorted.
In reference to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on its the 70th Anniversary, Pope Francis noted that “the Family of Nations wished to acknowledge the equal dignity of every human person, from which fundamental rights and freedoms derive that, in as much as rooted in the nature of the human person — inseparable unity of body and soul — are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interconnected.”
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