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Gospel diplomacy

· Cardinal Secretary of State on 25 years of diplomatic relations with Romania ·

“The Holy See wishes to cooperate with Romania to strengthen bilateral relations and to promote harmony and peace in the world”. This hope was expressed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, on Wednesday afternoon, 18 March. 

The address was given at at the Palazzo della Cancelleria in Rome, at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Romania and the Holy See.

In the presence of Bogdan Aurescu, Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Cardinal recalled his March 2004 visit to Bucharest, as Undersecretary for Relations with States, for bilateral consultations between deputy foreign ministers. He emphasized that “the Holy See, as the central organization of a community of believers, is not a political power, nor does it have political power. Its diplomacy does not pursue commercial, economic, financial or military interests”. On the contrary, “the Church preaches the Gospel”, which contributes to “strengthening peace in every part of the world”. As “testimony of the activity diligently undertaken by the Holy See in favour of peace”, Cardinal Parolin quoted the authoritative voice of Pius XII before, during and after the Second World War, the Encyclical of John XXIII Pacem in Terris, the teachings of the Second Vatican Council in the Constitution Gaudium et Spes, and the countless appeals of the subsequent Popes. Additionally, he added, “through the same Gospel of Christ, the Church announces and proclaims the freedom of the children of God. Indeed, peace can be achieved” only if the good of the people and the dignity of mankind are protected.

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