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Your Eminence, Cardinal Egan, Your Excellency, Archbishop Migliore, Pastor Robbins, Father Chang, Dear friends,
Every year before the start of the General Assembly, the United Nations community has the privilege of attending this beautiful prayer service. For that, my colleagues and I are deeply grateful.
But even more important, we in the UN value your efforts all year round. By reaching out with a message of peace and solidarity, you promote some of the very principles that guide the United Nations.