Vatican Diplomacy Making a Difference

Vatican Diplomacy Making a Difference
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This past June 25, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See's Secretary for Relations with States -- usually dubbed the "Vatican's foreign minister" -- told a press conference that he and his colleagues didn't believe that the Vatican's speaking out publicly on the massive repression underway in Hong Kong "would make any difference whatever." I beg to disagree. Vocal Vatican advocacy for such basic human rights as religious freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and freedom of the press in Hong Kong could indeed make a difference. Let me count the ways. 

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