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Promoting peace is true instrument of defense, Vatican ‘foreign minister’ tells Philippine diplomats

July 09, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States and International Organizations, addressed diplomats at the Philippines’ Foreign Service Institute and “defense is not solely about military might but also about fostering institutions and promoting agreements between peoples.”

Archbishop Gallagher’s remarks came amid increasing tensions with China in the South China Sea dispute. Earlier in his trip to the Philippines, the prelate called for respect for international law as a means of resolving the dispute.

In his address to diplomats, Archbishop Gallagher also discussed the principles of Vatican diplomacy—principles, he said, that “prioritize the welfare of all humanity, uphold human dignity, and advocate for lasting peace,” while defending “the common good, solidarity among nations, and subsidiarity.”

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