- May 28, 2020
The Holy See is working through nongovernmental channels to bring U.S. and Russian negotiators together to discuss new reductions in the countries’ nuclear weapons arsenals, an official with the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development said during a visit to The Catholic University of America.
A retired high-ranking Vatican diplomat weighs in on North Korea, migration in the U.S., and Laudato si.
One of the Vatican’s top diplomatic voices has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent decision to end the Temporary Protected Status of thousands of Haitians taking refuge in the U.S., saying the country isn’t yet ready for the influx after a slew of natural disasters devastated the island nation.
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi has called on people to embrace nuclear disarmament in the same way they have taken action to protect the environment, especially since Pope Francis issued his encyclical “Laudato Si'” in 2015. He admitted that with the end of the Cold War, people feel a reduced sense of urgency about the threat of nuclear war. “But the risk remains and protection of civilization needs to be promoted,” he said.
Speaking about the U.S.-North Korea crisis, Italian Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s former permanent observer to the United Nations, said that the situation shows how international relations can easily break down when there is a determination “to violate the minimum standard of common sense in dealing with other people.”
“Christians [in the Middle East] are hit by war, and because they are Christians,” said Bence Rétvári, Hungary’s Vice Minister for Human Capacities. “We’re like a brother who sees that his sister’s house is on fire, and we need to go put out the fire and then help rebuild the house.”