VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In a video message to the United Nations, Pope Francis said the COVID-19 pandemic has put the international community at a crossroads and that it’s up to U.N. leaders to decide whether to choose the path of multilateralism and dialogue or nationalism and individualism.

“We are faced, then, with a choice between two possible paths,” the pontiff said on the occurrence of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (Sept. 25).

On one side, he said, there is “a solidarity grounded in justice and the attainment of peace and unity within the human family, which is God’s plan for our world,” while the other path, he warned, “emphasizes self-sufficiency, nationalism, protectionism, individualism and isolation.

“It must not prevail,” he added.

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