Comparing Vatican diplomatic offensives on Syria in 2013, Iraq in 2003
CWN - September 06, 2013
John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter compares the Vatican's all-out diplomatic effort for peace in Syria with the similar effort launched by Pope John Paul II to prevent forestall the war in Iraq.
In each case, Allen observes, the Pope issued strong public statements, the Vatican summoned diplomats to a special briefing, and ranking prelates denounced the plans for war.
Still to be determined, Allen writes, is whether Pope Francis will send a special envoy to Washington in an attempt to persuade President Obama not to intervene-- as Pope John Paul II sent Cardinal Pio Laghi to plead with President Bush. Also it is not yet clear whether the new US ambassador to the Holy See, Ken Hackett, will be as energetic in defending American policy as his predecessor, Jim Nicholson, was during the Iraq war.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our March expenses ($27,241 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!