Pope Benedict and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Print
Written by Sherry   
Tuesday, 15 April 2008 16:29
Mary Ann Glendon, the new US Ambassador to the Vatican was on hand to greet the Pope when he arrived this afternoon at Andrew's Air Force Base.

But her presence was significant in more than one way. In her former life, Glendon was not only Professor of Law at Harvard University, she is also an expert in the history of international human rights law and wrote A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This is significant because the Universal Declaration of Human Rights emerged out of and was heavily influenced by Catholic Social Teaching, Catholic intellectuals like Jacques Maritain helped draft it, and 2008 marks its 60th anniversary. It's worth reading the UDH's 30 articles to see how the Catholic understanding of the human person permeates it all. It is supposedly the most translated document in human history.

Russell Shaw has a nice introductory piece on the UDHR and its importance for the Pope and his upcoming address to the UN.