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Vatican releases new book for diplomats/scholars

The Vatican has released an 800 page book of major addresses by Vatican diplomats from 1970 to 2000.

The book, entitled Words that Matter was released by Archbishops Jean-Louis Tauran, secretary for Relations with States, and Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The book was edited by Archbishop Andre Dupuy, apostolic nuncio in Venezuela.

Archbishop Tauran said he hoped that leaders and diplomats will be inspired by this book "in their search for reasonable, peaceful, fair and impartial resolutions, capable of solving conflicts and of banning force from international life. May this book help (people) to better understand the basic reason for the presence of the Holy See in the midst of the community of Nations: to be the voice that human consciences await!"

Archbishop Martino affirmed that the volume, nearly 800 pages long, covers topics that go from "the right to religious freedom to social development, from the right to peace to the right to life, from the rights of women and children to the rights of refugees."

For his part, Archbishop Dupuy made it clear that this "is a work instrument meant for experts in international law, a text for diplomats to consult and for whoever wishes to better know the Holy See's position on certain international questions."


01 Jul 2003