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Pope Francis to call for peace in United Nations address

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Pope Francis is expected to focus on the need for peace in a conflict-torn world facing the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War when he addresses the United Nations later this month.

The Vatican said the Pope's two-and-a-half hour address, in his native Spanish, to world leaders at the 193-member general assembly on September 25 will likely stress poverty and bad government as drivers of conflict and migration. The address will be the fifth made by a Pope to the UN.

The Vatican's UN ambassador Archbishop Bernardito Auza said the plight of tens of thousands of migrants seeking safety and a new life in Europe will be touched on in the Pope's speech because it is an international issue and "a universal problem".

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