Loading
Book by longtime Vatican Secretary of State published
Book by longtime Vatican Secretary of State published

.- Made public at the Holy See Press Office this morning, was a compilation of 12 speeches made by Cardinal Angelo Sodano over his nearly 16 years of service as the Vatican’s “Foreign Minister.”  The book, written in Italian, is titled “Il lieveto del Vangelo: La presenza della Santa Sede nella vita dei popoli” (The Leaven of the Gospel: The presence of the Holy See in the life of the people).

Sodano served as Secretary of State under Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, guiding Church diplomacy through the end of the Cold War, two Gulf conflicts, the war in the Balkans, and the outbreak of international terrorism in the wake of September, 11th 2001, not to mention the ever-present tensions in the Holy Land.

Presenting the book were two officials of the Secretariat of State - Monsignor Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Councilor for General Affairs, and Monsignor Pietro Parolin, Under-Secretary for Relations with States.  The two officials laid out the major themes of the work.

One of the strongest themes featured in the book and found at the heart of Sodano’s service, Msgr. Parolin pointed out, is “The central importance of human beings as the main inspiration of the Holy See’s diplomatic activity.”  

Also central are Sodano’s, “considerations on the need to place ethical values at the foundation of all forms of social structure and human coexistence,” Parolin said.

Msgr. Caccia noted that the book is filled with examples of the pastoral side of Sodano’s ministry.  “From between the lines,” Caccia said, “there emerges a desire to answer a question…on the meaning and significance of the Holy See’s presence in the life of peoples.”

“From the very opening pages Cardinal Sodano illustrates the pastoral mission of the Holy See, that aims ‘to introduce the leavening of Christianity into the life of nations,’” Caccia noted.

Quoting from the text, Caccia pointed out that, “The Church has no other raison d’etre in the world than that of continuing the work of the Lord.  She has, in fact, been well defined as Christ…prolonged over the centruries.”

“This is even truer in our own times,” Msgr. Caccia concluded, “when the greatest challenges are not economic or technical, but first and foremost ethical and spiritual.”

Cardinal Sodano will step down from his post on September 15th, being replaced by another Italian, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Exorcism or prayer of liberation?
Jul
23

Liturgical Calendar

July 23, 2014

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:1-9

Gospel
Date
07/23/14
07/20/14
07/19/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 1:1, 4-10
Gospel:: Mt 13: 1-9

Saint of the Day

St. John Cassian »

Saint
Date
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:1-9

Homily
Date
07/23/14
07/21/14
07/20/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: