Tag Archives: Vatican diplomacy

Mental health has a spiritual element, Holy See reminds UN

The Holy See’s representative to the United Nations appealed Wednesday to the Human Rights Council to couple psychological treatment with spiritual care. In response to a recent report on mental health issued by the council’s special rapporteur, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovich agreed that the report “rightly promotes the adoption of an integrated bio-medical, psycho-social, and community-based

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Cardinal Zen urges prayer for Christians in China

As Chinese Catholics celebrate the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, Cardinal Joseph Zen has asked for prayers on behalf of Christians in the country, who often face difficulty and even persecution for their faith. “In the history of the Church, Our Lady, Help of Christians always came to help the Church in difficulty,”

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Cardinal who stopped 1978 war reflects tireless Vatican diplomacy

Although largely forgotten today, Italian Cardinal Antonio Samoré played a key role in notching one of the Vatican’s signature diplomatic victories by preventing a war between Chile and Argentina in 1978. His legacy illustrates the key role that Vatican diplomacy has often played on the global stage.   Pope Francis’s diplomatic efforts are often hailed

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‘Genuine religious faith’ is a force against terrorist savagery, Holy See tells UN

The papal nuncio to the United Nations on Wednesday stressed the religious rejection of the “utter savagery” of terrorism and violence. “Genuine religious faith is in fact a source of unity and strength against fundamentalist terrorism and encourages individuals and societies to opt for non-violent means to air their grievances and to obtain justice,” Archbishop

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Holy See expresses cautious support for UN development goals

The Holy See on Tuesday expressed its “strong support” for the 2030 United Nations development agenda, but added it has “firm reservations” about some items in the agenda document. “This Agenda is a clear sign that, in spite of differences in some areas, the international community has come together and affirmed its commitment to eradicate

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