We have $162,325 to go in our Fall Campaign. Every penny is used to strengthen the Church. See details!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Comparing Vatican diplomatic offensives on Syria in 2013, Iraq in 2003

Catholic World News - 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.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

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 seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($162,325 to go):
$200,000.00 $37,674.72
81% 19%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

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!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Free eBook: Pope Francis' Catechesis on the Family 22 hours ago
The headlines say Gov. Brown is Catholic. He says he's not sure what that means. 23 hours ago
Archbishop predicts Synod won't change Church teaching. Why am I not reassured? 24 hours ago
A different tone at this Synod? October 6
Church Fathers: St. Clement of Alexandria, Part I October 6

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
In Cuba, Pope emphasizes service to the vulnerable, praises thaw in US-Cuban relations CWN - September 21
Pope challenges America in speech to US Congress CWN - September 24
As Synod opens, Pope calls on Church to defend ‘unity and indissolubility’ of marriage bond CWN - October 5