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International Power (nn.170-175). In n.172 Pope Francis quotes from his encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ when he says “The twenty-first century ‘is witnessing a weakening of the power of nation states, chiefly because the economic and financial sectors, being transnational, tend to prevail over the political. Given this situation, it is essential to devise stronger and more efficiently organized international institutions, with functionaries who are appointed fairly by agreement among national governments, and empowered to impose sanctions.’ He proceeds in n.173 to refer to the United Nations Organisation, economic institutions and international finance as being in need of reform ‘so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth’. Needless to say, this calls for clear legal limits to avoid power being co-opted only by a few countries and to prevent cultural impositions or a restriction of the basic freedoms of weaker nations on the basis of ideological differences.’ An example that exists clearly of power being co-opted by a few nations can be seen in the Security Council of the UN where a few countries have a permanent seat and a veto which strikes as being contrary to the spirit of what the United Nations is meant to be.