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Inherent dignity and worth of world’s women must be upheld, Vatican U.N. rep. declares

, Mar 3, 2007 (CNA) - Speaking yesterday to the United Nations’ 51st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the U.N. noted the tremendous strides which must still be made in stomping out human trafficking and new forms of “slavery” directed at women.  The archbishop also decried the gross undervaluing of women in many parts of the world and the resulting use of abortion to destroy girl babies.

Archbishop Migliore pointed out the tremendous progress made in favor of women’s rights over the years and offered the Holy See’s hope for continuing advances in the future, but pointed out the incongruities between the progress that’s been made and the “new forms of violence and slavery directed especially at women.”

“Every day,” he lamented, “violations of the rights of women, adolescents, and young girls are committed and even tolerated in many fields. Women bear the brunt of the world’s child prostitution, sexual exploitation, abuse, domestic violence, child labor and human trafficking.”

Migliore acknowledged those organizations which have worked, along with the Vatican, for an end to human trafficking and similar abuses.  The archbishop also renewed the Holy See’s call for an increased awareness of and reaction to the problem, based on a more profound understanding of the dignity of women.

“If we wish to engage in a sustained process to stop and reverse this phenomenon,” the archbishop said, “peoples and cultures will have to find common ground that can safely underpin human relations everywhere due to our shared humanity. There is still a profound need to strive to uphold the inherent dignity and worth of every human being, with special attention to the most vulnerable of society, our children and all the girls among them.”

For a concrete change, however, the archbishop emphasized a need to look at the root cause of discrimination against women, which “appears to be due to the inferior status bestowed upon women in certain places and upon female infants in particular. In some local traditions they are thought of as a financial burden and are thus eliminated even before birth.”

“In this way, abortion, often considered a tool of liberation, is ironically employed by women against women. Even those allowed to live are sometimes considered as if they were a piece of property best disposed of as soon as possible.”

“In order to put an end to the violation of human rights of trafficked women and girls, it is not enough to sensationalize their tragic plight; rather there is a need to trace the question back to the market that exists due to the demand which makes such trade possible and profitable.”

“The promotion of women will be achieved not only by the legitimate vindication of women’s rights,” Archbishop Migliore concluded. “With that there must also be established a fresh appreciation of authentically feminine values in the heart of our societies.”

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Benedict XVI names Bishop Nycz new Archbishop of Warsaw

Vatican City, Mar 3, 2007 (CNA) - The Vatican announced Saturday morning the Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to name Bishop Kazimierz Nycz as the new Archbishop of Warsaw, Poland.

Bishop Nycz was born on February 1st, 1950 in Stara Wies and was ordained a priest on May 20th 1973, for the Archdiocese of Krakow.

Nycz has long been involved in educational roles in the Polish Church.  After completing his Doctoral studies at the Catholic University of Lublin he worked for the Archdiocese of Krakow’s Office of Catechesis.  He also served for a short time as Vice-Rector of Krakow’s Major Seminary.

In 1988 Nycz was named as an Auxiliary Bishop of Krakow and was ordained to the episcopacy on June 4th of the same year.

Since November of 1999 Bishop Nycz has also served as President of the Polish Bishops Conference Commission on Catholic Education.  In June of 2004 he was named Bishop of Koszalin-Kolobrzeg and in December of the same year was named a Member of the Permanent Council of the Polish Bishops Conference.

The newly appointed archbishop steps into a troubled archdiocese.  Following the retirement of Cardinal Jozef Glemp, Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus was appointed to the seat.  However, just before his installation, Wielgus resigned his office amid charges that he had cooperated with the Communist secret police during Poland’s occupation.  Wielgus’s confession of cooperation triggered a spate of investigation and accusations against many Polish clergy members for their potential involvement with the oppressive regime.

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