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The Vatican in the Family of Nations
Diplomatic Actions of the Holy See at the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva


H. E. Pietro Parolin, António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres
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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108717038

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  • Based on a collection of statements delivered between 2003 and 2015, The Vatican in the Family of Nations provides a new understanding of the social doctrine and actions of the Catholic Church in international law and relations. These statements address contemporary issues that stir deep emotional responses, from disarmament, migrations, trade, and intellectual property to discrimination and freedom of conscience. This volume disputes irrational fears of newcomers, offers reasonable adaptations to allow for peaceful coexistence, and insists on investigating the root causes of today's conflicts and displacements. As an independent voice, the Holy See offers these reflections with the view of prioritizing the common good before confessional interests, even when their aims and ends converge. In this sense, this book is a unique collection in international literature on the intersection of theology, human rights and social issues, which opens courageous new paths for the future.

    • A unique collection in international literature documenting the official statements of the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva
    • Represents the official position of the Vatican on contemporary issues, offering new insight into the social doctrine of the Catholic Church and its contribution to the UN
    • Essential for those interested in contemporary international diplomacy and the intersection of theology, human rights and social issues
    • Serves as a historical memoir of Tomasi, the longest-serving Holy See in Geneva, and his international activity
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108717038
    • length: 896 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 47 mm
    • weight: 1.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Methodological note
    Abbreviations and acronyms
    Preface: the Holy See's diplomatic mission in today's world H. E. Pietro Parolin
    1. The human person at the center of fundamental rights and protagonist of development
    2. Freedom as the foundation of human relations and social coexistence
    3. The economy as a means, not an end
    4. The quest for peace
    5. Solidarity with all humanity
    6. People on the move: the challenge of the XXI century
    Conclusions: a beacon of inspiration for the family of nations António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres

  • Author

    Silvano M. Tomasi, Holy See to the UN and other International Organizations

    Assisted by

    Antoine Abi Ghanem, Attaché for Disarmament and Security Affairs at the Holy See Mission

    Vincenzo Buonomo, Pontificia Universita Lateranese

    Richard Gyhra, Holy See Mission to the UN

    Carlo Maria Marenghi, Holy See Mission to the UN

    Stefano Saldi, Holy See Mission to the UN

    Robert J. Vitillo, Holy See Mission to the UN


    H. E. Pietro Parolin, António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres

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