Vatican City, 13 November 2013 (VIS) – The book “La diplomazia pontificia in un mondo globalizzato” (“Papal Diplomacy in a Globalised World”), written by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B., camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, was presented yesterday afternoon in the New Synod Hall. The speakers in the presentation were Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.
The volume gathers together addresses given by Bertone during his seven years in the service of the Holy See. It is enriched by a preface written personally by Pope Francis, described by the Cardinal as “inspired thoughts which do not fail to surprise me and which, I believe, will surprise you with his broad-ranging diplomatic vision”.
The second part of the book is dedicated to diplomats, both former ones and those in formation at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Archbishop Mamberti remarked that these representatives of the Pope are not merely ambassadors as they are not “strangers” where they work. “We must not forget that papal diplomacy, before being a vehicle for dialogue between civil and ecclesiastical communities, is 'first and foremost a tool of intra-ecclesial cohesion', a sign of that 'concern for all the Churches' that the Bishop of Rome has always demonstrated, so that 'the yardstick of the life of the Servants of the Church … is formed, while within the limits inherent in the conditions and possibilities of each person, from the silent and generous dedication to the Body of Christ and to lasting service to the cause of mankind”.