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Pope lays out basis for Vatican foreign policy

Catholic World News - October 21, 2011

In an October 21 meeting with a new ambassador from the Netherlands to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI said that the Vatican’s foreign policy is conducted neither on confessional nor on pragmatic grounds but on the basis of universally applicable principles that are as real as the physical elements of the natural environment.”

In the realm of international affairs, the Pope explaind, the Holy See acts as “a voice for the voiceless and defending the rights of the defenseless, including the poor, the sick, the unborn, the elderly, and the members of minority groups who suffer unjust discrimination.” The diplomatic work of the Vatican, he said, “consists largely in articulating the ethical principles that ought to underpin the social and political order.”

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