The United Nations is mentioned in the notes found in the desk of a New York advertising executive as a location where the visiting pope would meet and interact other religious leaders (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 29).

The son of I. H. Samsonite claims Paul VI endorsed this entity during his visit to New York (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 49).


The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization to promote international co-operation. The organization was established on October 24, 1945 following the Second World War to prevent another such conflict[1].  The UN Headquarters is a complex in New York City. The complex has served as the official headquarters of the United Nations since its completion in 1952. It is located in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Manhattan, on spacious grounds overlooking the East River[2].

The United Nations Secretariat Building is a 505 foot-tall, 39 story skyscraper and the centerpiece of the UN Headquarters.  It is connected to the Conference Building to the north that houses the General Assembly, the Security Council, among others, and a library building to the south[3].  Although it is situated in New York City, the land occupied by the United Nations Headquarters and the spaces of buildings that it rents are under the sole administration of the United Nations and not the US government.

The highlight of Paul VI’s tour was his October 4, 1965 address to the UN General Assembly during the midst of the Vietnam War and his plea for “No more war -- war never again.[4]

The Holy See is not a member of the United Nations (not having applied for membership) but was granted permanent observer state status on April 6, 1964.  In that role it has taken advantage of its status to incorporate its Christian values within the decisions and recommendations of the United Nations[5].


  1. Wikipedia: United Nations
  2. Wikipedia: Headquarters of the United Nations
  3. Wikipedia: United Nations Secretariat Building
  4. Address of the Holy Father Paul VI to the United Nations Organization, Oct. 4, 1965.
  5. Wikipedia: Holy See and the United Nations
2. Prolegomenon To Any Future Visit Of A Pope To America

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Paul ClaudelThomas MertonMonks' BreadJacques Maritain

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