In his speech, the Pope also referred to Ukraine saying that people should take precedence over partisan interests, reports TSN.

‘Not only in cases of religious or cultural persecution, but in every situation of conflict, as in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, South Sudan and the Great Lakes region, real human beings take precedence over partisan interests,” said the Pope.

The pontiff also spoke about religious conflicts, damage done by drug trafficking and global climate changes.

He called on the nations of the world to abandon nuclear weapons.

After addressing the UN General Assembly, Pope Francis and other religious leaders held a prayer service outside the 9/11 Memorial.