US embassy cable - 01VATICAN3571

VATICAN VERBATIM

Identifier: 01VATICAN3571
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Origin: Embassy Vatican
Created: 2001-07-06 13:41:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PREL PHUM ECON EAID TBIO SOCI KN PHUM ECON EAID TBIO SOCI KN VT VTPREL
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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 VATICAN 003571 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT. FOR EUR/WE (VAN CLEVE), EUR/PD/PA, EAP/K, DRL/IRF 
 
FROM EMBASSY VATICAN/MESSAGE NO. 111/01 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
 
TAGS: PREL, PHUM, ECON, EAID, TBIO, SOCI, KN, PHUM, ECON, EAID, TBIO, SOCI, KN, VT, VTPREL 
SUBJECT: VATICAN VERBATIM 
 
REF: A) VATICAN 3027; B) VATICAN 3442; C) VATICAN 1244 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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1.   (U) THE JUNE 30 - JULY 06 EDITION OF NEWS AND VIEWS 
FROM VATICAN CITY. 
 
CONTENTS: 
 
- G8: GENOA'S ARCHBISHOP REJECTS VIOLENT PROTESTS 
- REPORT ALLEGES MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS SUFFER PERSECUTION 
- POPE ENCOURAGES ETHICAL USE OF XENOTRANSPLANTS 
- CARITAS OFFICIALS SAYS FOOD AID FOR NORTH KOREA CRUCIAL 
- MOTOWN CARDINAL BOOGIES AT "BEST EVER" JULY 4 EVENT 
 
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G8: GENOA'S CARDINAL ARCHBISHOP WANTS NON-VIOLENT PROTESTS 
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2.   (U) GENOA'S ARCHBISHOP, CARDINAL DIONIGI TETTAMANZI, 
HAS REJECTED VIOLENT PROTESTS AGAINST THE G8 SUMMIT LATER 
THIS MONTH (REFTELS A AND B). IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CENTER- 
LEFT ITALIAN DAILY "LA REPUBBLICA," THE CARDINAL DESCRIBED 
THE "SEATTLE PEOPLE" AS A NEW CULTURAL PHENOMENON. INSISTING 
THAT ORDINARY PEOPLE MUST HAVE A MEANS OF VOICING THEIR 
OPINIONS AND INFLUENCING THE ECONOMIC PROCESS, HE ALSO SAID 
THAT VIOLENCE IS NOT THE APPROPRIATE WAY TO ACHIEVE THAT 
END. MEANWHILE, THOUSANDS OF YOUNG CATHOLICS ARE EXPECTED TO 
DESCEND ON GENOA JULY 7-8 FOR PRE-G8 PROTESTS. ORGANIZERS 
SAY THE YOUNG CATHOLICS ARE PROTESTING EARLY TO AVOID THE 
EXPECTED "PANDEMONIUM" DURING THE SUMMIT. A SPOKESMAN FOR 
THE CATHOLIC GROUPS SAID THEY HAD NOTHING AGAINST THE 
"SEATTLE PEOPLE" BUT THAT THEY DID NOT WANT TO RUN THE RISK 
OF BEING DRAGGED INTO "A DEGENERATION INTO VIOLENCE". THE 
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SPOKESMAN SAID VIOLENCE WAS "AGAINST OUR PRINCIPLES AND IT 
IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE." THE YOUNG DEMONSTRATORS WILL BE 
WELCOMED TO GENOA BY CARDINAL TETTAMANZI. CHARGE HAS AN 
APPOINTMENT TO SEE THE CARDINAL AND WILL REPORT SEPTEL. 
 
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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LACKING FOR MILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS 
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3.   (U) THE VATICAN-SANCTIONED RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WATCHDOG 
GROUP "AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED" ALLEGES SOME 200 MILLION 
CHRISTIANS EXPERIENCE RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION. A 400-PAGE 
REPORT, THE THIRD OF ITS KIND, PROVIDED INFORMATION OF THE 
STATUS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN EACH OF THE WORLD'S NATIONS. 
IT ALSO PROVIDED STATISTICAL INFORMATION ON NUMBERS OF 
RELIGIOUS BELIEVERS AND REFUGEES. AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED 
ESTIMATES THAT 165,000 CHRISTIANS WERE KILLED LARGELY ON 
ACCOUNT OF THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS DURING 2000. THE VIOLENCE 
WAS MOST PRONOUNCED IN INDONESIA, SUDAN, EAST TIMOR, INDIA 
AND EGYPT. ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, DISCRIMINATION AND LEGAL 
SANCTIONS AGAINST CHRISTIANS WERE MOST OBVIOUS IN CHINA, 
SUDAN, INDONESIA, NIGERIA AND TURKMENISTAN. AID TO THE 
CHURCH IN NEED ALSO POINTED OUT MORE SUBTLE FORMS OF 
DISCRIMINATION IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES. THE REPORT SAID A 
RECENT FRENCH BILL THAT CRIMINALIZES "MENTAL MANIPULATION" 
POTENTIALLY COULD BE TURNED AGAINST ANY PARENTS WHO RAISE 
THEIR CHILDREN IN A FAITH OR MONKS AND NUNS WHO LIVE IN 
COMMUNITIES THAT COULD BE VIEWED AS SECT-LIKE. 
 
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POPE WANTS ETHICS-SCIENCE PARTNERSHIP FOR XENOTRANSPLANTS 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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4.   (U) POPE JOHN PAUL II HAS ENCOURAGED SCIENTISTS AND 
ETHICISTS TO WORK TOGETHER TO RESOLVE THE MORAL ISSUES 
SURROUNDING THE TRANSPLANT OF ANIMAL ORGANS INTO HUMANS. IN 
A JULY 3 MESSAGE, THE PONTIFF SAID ANY MORAL RESPONSE MUST 
TAKE INTO ACCOUNT RESPECT FOR HUMAN DIGNITY, POSSIBLE HEALTH 
RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH TRANSPLANTING ORGANS FROM OTHER 
SPECIES AND ADEQUATE RESPECT FOR THE DONOR ANIMALS. THE POPE 
SAID XENOTRANSPLANT RESEARCH WAS IN THE INTEREST OF HUMANITY 
BECAUSE OF THE SERIOUS LACK OF AVAILABLE HUMAN ORGANS, WHICH 
HAS LED TO MANY TRANSPLANT PATIENTS DYING WHILE STILL ON 
WAITING LISTS. THE PAPAL MESSAGE COINCIDED WITH THE THIRD 
AND FINAL MEETING OF A WORKING GROUP OF THE PONTIFICAL 
ACADEMY FOR LIFE DEVOTED TO ANIMAL ORGAN TRANSPLANTS. 
 
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FOOD AID FOR NORTH KOREA CRUCIAL 
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5.   (U) THE CARITAS OFFICIAL WHO COORDINATES FOOD AID FOR 
NORTH KOREA SAYS AID IS URGENTLY NEEDED TO COMBAT THE 
EFFECTS OF DROUGHT AND FAMINE. ATTENDING AN AID CONFERENCE 
IN SOUTH KOREA, KATHI ZELLWEGER OF CARITAS HONG KONG (REFTEL 
C) SAID NORTH KOREA IS THREATENED BY A SEVERE FAMINE. 
ACCORDING TO ZELLWEGER, ONLY 5 PERCENT OF AN EXPECTED US 
 
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ACTION EUR-00 
 
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R 061341Z JUL 01 
FM AMEMBASSY VATICAN 
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 0000 
INFO EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE 
AMEMBASSY SEOUL 
AMCONSUL HONG KONG 
 
UNCLAS SECTION 02 OF 02 VATICAN 003571 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT. FOR EUR/WE (VAN CLEVE), EUR/PD/PA, EAP/K, DRL/IRF 
 
FROM EMBASSY VATICAN/MESSAGE NO. 111/01 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
 
TAGS: PREL, PHUM, ECON, EAID, TBIO, SOCI, KN, VT 
SUBJECT: VATICAN VERBATIM 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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DOLLARS 3.26 MILLION IN AID FROM INTERNATIONAL DONORS HAD 
BEEN CONFIRMED. IN ADDITION OF FOOD SHORTAGES AND 
MALNUTRITION, NORTH KOREA ALSO FACES SHORTAGES IN DRUGS AND 
MEDICAL SUPPLIES. (NOTE: SINCE 1995, THE VATICAN NGO CARITAS 
HAS DONATED SOME US DOLLARS 25 MILLION OF HUMANITARIAN AID 
TO NORTH KOREA, INCLUDING FACTORIES AND FARMING PROJECTS TO 
PRODUCE NOODLES AND SWEET POTATOES. END NOTE). ZELLWEGER 
SAID THAT IT HAS BECOME MUCH EASIER FOR AID AGENCIES TO 
OPERATE IN NORTH KOREA, ADDING THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS 
RECENTLY OPENED UP REMOTE VILLAGES TO VATICAN-BASED RELIEF 
AGENCIES. 
 
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JULY 4 EVENT: TRADE, CULTURE AND THE BOOGYING CARDINAL 
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6.   (U) POST'S JULY 4 EVENT RECEIVED WIDESPREAD COVERAGE 
FROM ROME-BASED MEDIA. WHILE SOME REPORTS DESCRIBED THE 
EVENT AS "FLASHY," THE BUFFET DINNER AND CONCERT WAS JUDGED 
BY MOST OF THE 500 GUESTS AS "THE BEST EVER." AN INCREASED 
NUMBER OF GUESTS FROM BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY MEANT THE 
EVENT'S US CORPORATE SPONSORS WERE ABLE TO PROMOTE TRADE 
OPPORTUNITIES. US CULTURE WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY THE PRESENCE OF 
THREE MASTER CHEFS, FLOWN IN FROM CALIFORNIA AND WASHINGTON 
DC, WHO PROVIDED GUESTS WITH A TASTE OF FINE AMERICAN 
CUISINE. FORMER SUPREME MARY WILSON AND HER BAND GAVE A 
ROUSING PERFORMANCE OF SOUL AND ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC. WHILE 
THE MOST OF THE NORMALLY SOLEMN VATICAN GOVERNMENT GUESTS 
LIMITED THEMSELVES TO TAPPING THEIR FEET, THE 74-YEAR OLD 
GOVERNOR OF VATICAN CITY, US CARDINAL EDMUND SZOKA, BOOGIED 
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ENTHUSIASTICALLY THROUGHOUT WILSON'S HOUR-LONG PERFORMANCE. 
(NOTE: CARDINAL SZOKA WAS ARCHBISHOP OF DETROIT PRIOR TO HIS 
VATICAN APPOINTMENT AND HAS KNOWN MARY WILSON SINCE SHE WAS 
A CHILD. END NOTE). MERANTE 
 
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