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Vatican’s UN Diplomat Speaks About Pope Francis’ Diplomacy  

The Dean and faculty of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations were honored to host a lecture and celebration titled "Pope Francis' Diplomacy" on Ash Wednesday, March 1.

His Excellency, The Most Reverend Bernardito C. Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, offered his experience as a Vatican diplomat and commented on the diplomatic priorities of Pope Francis.

Vatican"In the history of the Church," Archbishop Auza explained, "we don't talk of ruptures or new starts. We talk of continuity – as seamless as possibility – of a journey guided by perennial doctrine discerned in the context of a world in constant flux. We love the image of Saint Peter's boat sailing resolutely forward although battered by gales and tossed about by the waves. Holy See diplomacy is a ministry and task carried out in the secular world by the Church and in the name of the Church. Thus, like all Church ministries and actions, it is also bound by the principle of salus animarum suprema lex ['The salvation of souls is the supreme law of the Church']."

Full transcript of Archbishop's Auza's speech.

The event, cosponsored by the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, provided community members with an opportunity to engage with the Apostolic Nuncio to the UN and the new leader of the Newark Archdiocese, Joseph William Cardinal Tobin. The event explored the role of the long tradition of Vatican's diplomatic efforts around the world and its effect in the modern world in the spirit of Pope Francis.

VaticanThe School of Diplomacy and International Relations is celebrating a renewed partnership with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations. With support from the School's John Paul II Scholarship, this program will enable Diplomacy students from Seton Hall University to do internships at the Holy See's Mission, providing them a hands-on opportunity to apply the theory and concepts that they learn in the classroom to the actual events and processes of international affairs. This partnership will help students to not only learn about but to participate in the diplomatic work of the Catholic Church in the world and be able to model their diplomatic career in that light.

Categories: Nation and World

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