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Title: BIWEEKLY ACTIVITIES REPORT APRIL 1-15.

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02VATICAN21462002-05-03 14:00:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vatican
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 VATICAN 002146 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FOR EUR (BRADTKE) EUR/WE (MENNUTI) 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/03/2012 
TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM KWMN EAGR PGOV PHUM KWMN EAGR VT VTPREL
SUBJECT: BIWEEKLY ACTIVITIES REPORT APRIL 1-15. 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: AMBASSADOR JIM NICHOLSON, REASON E.O.12958 1.5 (B,D) 
 
¶1.  (C)  THIS CABLE REPORTS ON EMBASSY VATICAN'S ACTIVITIES 
FOR THE PERIOD APRIL 1-15, 2002.  IT IS INTENDED TO 
SUMMARIZE, BUT NOT EXHAUSTIVELY REPORT, OUR ACTIVITIES DURING 
THE MONTH.  COVERED IN THIS CABLE ARE: 
 
-- AMBASSADOR DELIVERS GLOBALIZATION SPEECH 
-- AMBASSADOR/FM TAURAN ON MEPP 
-- PRESENTING IRF REPORT 
-- AMBASSADOR HOSTS LIBRARY OF CONGRESS AND VATICAN MUSEUMS 
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WORKING LUNCH, MEETS US BISHOPS ON MIGRATION. 
-- DCM ACTIVITIES/ POPE'S HEALTH 
-- POLITICAL SECTION ON MADAGASCAR 
-- REPORTING: MIDDLE EAST/ISRAEL PALESTINIAN VIOLENCE/POPE'S 
HEALTH/MADAGASCAR. 
 
¶2.  (U)  AMBASSADOR DELIVERS GLOBALIZATION TALK:  AMBASSADOR 
PARTICIPATED IN 04/05 PANEL DISCUSSION OF THE ETHICS OF 
GLOBALIZATION AT SEMINAR SPONSORED BY PONTIFICAL ACADEMY FOR 
SOCIAL SCIENCES, ORGANIZED BY CANADA AMB. LICARI AND POLAND 
AMB. SOCHOWSKI.  AMBASSADOR'S PRESENTATION TRACKED CLOSELY 
WITH THEMES ENUNCIATED BY THE PRESIDENT AND U/S LARSON IN 
LEAD-UP TO MONTERREY. 
 
¶3.  (C)  AMBASSADOR WAS CALLED IN 04/02 BY VATICAN FM TAURAN 
AFTER PALESTINIAN GUNMEN OCCUPIED THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY 
IN BETHLEHEM.  TAURAN EARLIER HAD CALLED IN ISRAELI 
AMBASSADOR LAMDAN. BOTH MEETINGS WERE WIDELY REPORTED IN 
VATICAN AND ITALIAN PRESS. 
 
¶4. (U)  PRESENTING THE IRF REPORT: AMBASSADOR HOSTED LUNCH 
FOR PONTIFICAL COMMISSION FOR INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE 
ARCHBISHOP MICHAEL FITZGERALD AND TWO OF HIS STAFF.  THE 
LUNCH WAS TO PRESENT BOUND COPIES OF THE INTERNATIONAL 
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REPORT FOR 2001, AND TO EXPLORE POSSIBLE 
FUTURE CONTACTS WITH THE INCOMING AMBASSADOR AT LARGE FOR 
INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM (SEPTEL).  FITZGERALD, 
NORMALLY FRIENDLY AND OPEN, MADE A POINT OF COMPLAINING ABOUT 
US POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. 
 
¶5.  (C) AMBASSADOR DISCUSSED VATICAN SECURITY EFFORTS WITH 
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AMCIT CARDINAL EDMUND CASIMIR SZOKA, PRESIDENT OF THE 
GOVERNATORATO OF VATICAN CITY, FAMILIARLY CONSIDERED THE 
MAYOR-EQUIVALENT. AMBASSADOR BROACHED POSSIBILITY OF USG 
MATERIAL ASSISTANCE. 
 
¶6.  (U) AMBASSADOR AND STAFF MET WITH U.S. BISHOP THOMAS 
WENSKI, HEAD OF REFUGEE SERVICES FOR THE U.S. CATHOLIC 
BISHOPS CONFERENCE, WHO ENTHUSIASTICALLY ENDORSED THE 
ANTI-TRAFFICKING CONFERENCE POST IS PLANNING FOR MAY. 
 
¶7.  (U) AMBASSADOR HOSTED A WORKING LUNCH 4/15 FOR JORGE 
MEJIA, THE ARGENTINE CARDINAL AND HEAD OF THE VATICAN 
MUSEUMS, AND LIBRARY OF CONGRESS OFFICIALS, CONTINUING 
DISCUSSIONS FROM A MORNING MEETING ATTENDED BY POL/ADMINOFF. 
THE LOC DELEGATION, HEADED BY CHIEF OF STAFF JO ANN C. 
JENKINS, HAD MET WITH CARDINAL MEJIA AND DON RAFFAELE FARINA, 
PREFECT OF THE VATICAN LIBRARY IN REGARD TO LOC OFFER TO 
ASSIST THE VATICAN WITH ACCELERATED DIGITALIZATION AND 
INTERNET DIFFUSION OF VATICAN HOLDINGS. THE VATICAN WELCOMED 
THE INITIATIVE YET NOTED IT MUST EXPLORE CURRENT CONTRACTUAL 
OBLIGATIONS THAT APPEAR TO OFFER EXCLUSIVE U.S. INTERNET 
RIGHTS TO A COMMERCIAL FIRM FOR UP TO FIFTEEN YEARS. 
 
¶8.  (U) DCM MEETINGS: 
 
-- ON APRIL 8 DCM ATTENDED A PRESENTATION ON "THE RIGHTS OF 
MAN IN THE TEACHINGS OF THE CHURCH", HOSTED BY CARDINAL VAN 
THUAN (PRESIDENT OF JUSTICE AND PEACE).  MAJOR THEME WAS THAT 
THE CHURCH IS THE PRIME DEFENDER OF HUMAN RIGHTS AROUND THE 
WORLD. 
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-- DCM ATTENDED BEATIFICATION CEREMONY APRIL 14.  IT WAS A 
STATE EVENT LASTING THREE HOURS.  THE POPE APPEARED WEAKER 
THAN HE DID AT EASTER SERVICES, BUT DID TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE 
IN THE CEREMONY.  BEATIFIED WERE SIX INDIVIDUALS, INCLUDING A 
NICARAGUAN.  IN ATTENDANCE WERE THE PRESIDENTS OF BOTH COSTA 
RICA AND NICARAGUA. 
 
¶9. (C)  POLITICAL SECTION MEETINGS: 
 
-- POLOFF MET 04/15 WITH VATICAN MADAGASCAR DESK MONSIGNOR 
CAVALIERE, AT REQUEST OF AF/E DIRECTOR (REFTEL).  CAVALIERE 
WAS NOT WELL BRIEFED ON DEVELOPMENTS IN MADAGASCAR AND SEEMED 
SURPRISINGLY UNINTERESTED. 
 
¶10. (C)  REPORTING: VATICAN 1639 - MEPP: POPE GRAVELY 
CONCERNED; VATICAN 1685 - FRAIL PONTIFF MUSTERS THE GOODS AT 
EASTER: VATICAN 1674 - GROWING CONCERN WITH M/E DEVELOPMENTS; 
VATICAN 1718 - FRANCISCANS TO ESCORT PALESTINIAN FIGHTERS 
FROM BETHLEHEM; VATICAN 1738 - VATICAN TELLS AMBASSADOR 
POWELL IS NEEDED IMMEDIATELY; VATICAN 1921 VATICAN CLUELESS 
 
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FOR EUR (BRADTKE) EUR/WE (MENNUTI) 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/03/2012 
TAGS: PREL PGOV PHUM KWMN EAGR PGOV PHUM KWMN EAGR VT VTPREL
SUBJECT: BIWEEKLY ACTIVITIES REPORT APRIL 1-15. 
 
ON MADAGASCAR. 
NICHOLSON 
 
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