US embassy cable - 01VATICAN4075

VATICAN VERBATIM

Identifier: 01VATICAN4075
Wikileaks: View 01VATICAN4075 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Vatican
Created: 2001-08-03 12:35:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PREL PHUM EAID IS RW CH VT
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.


 
UNCLAS VATICAN 004075 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT. FOR EUR/WE (DEAN), EUR/PD/PA, AF/C, WHA/AND, WHA/CEN, 
WHA/CAR, WHA/BSC, EAP/CM, DRL/IRF 
 
FROM EMBASSY VATICAN/MESSAGE NO. 130/01 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL, PHUM, EAID, IS, RW, CH, VT 
SUBJECT: VATICAN VERBATIM 
 
 
1.   THE JULY 27 - AUGUST 03 EDITION OF NEWS AND VIEWS FROM 
VATICAN CITY. 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
PAGE 02        VATICA  04075  051244Z 
 
CONTENTS: 
 
- POPE RECEIVES YASSER ARAFAT 
- VATICAN RECEIVED NO EXTRADITION REQUEST FOR RWANDAN PRIEST 
- VATICAN SAYS CHINA RELEASES BISHOP 
- VATICAN GIVES $1.7 MILLION TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES 
 
--------------------------- 
POPE RECEIVES YASSER ARAFAT 
--------------------------- 
 
2.   POPE JOHN PAUL II RECEIVED PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY 
PRESIDENT, YASSER ARAFAT AUGUST 02 AT THE PAPAL SUMMER 
RESIDENCE AT CASTEL GANDOLFO. AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT RELEASED 
BY THE VATICAN AFTER THE MEETING SAID THE TWO LEADERS 
DISCUSSED THE PRESENT STATE OF THE PEACE PROCESS. ALSO ON 
THE AGENDA WAS THE CONTINUING VIOLENCE WITH ITS RESULTING 
VICTIMS. THE STATEMENT SAID THAT THE POPE STRESSED THE 
NECESSITY OF ENDING ALL FORMS OF VIOLENCE AND CONTINUING THE 
NEGOTIATIONS WHICH, WITH THE HELP OF THE INTERNATIONAL 
COMMUNITY, WAS THE ONLY HOPE FOR ACHIEVING PEACE. 
 
--------------------------------------------- --------- 
VATICAN HAS RECEIVED NO "JUDICIAL REQUEST" FOR RWANDAN 
PRIEST ACCUSED OF GENOCIDE 
--------------------------------------------- --------- 
 
3.   VATICAN SPOKESMAN, JOAQUIN NAVARRO-VALLS, ANNOUNCED 
JULY 27 THAT THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR RWANDA 
HAD NOT ISSUED A "JUDICIAL REQUEST" TO THE VATICAN OR THE 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
PAGE 03        VATICA  04075  051244Z 
ARCHDIOCESE OF FLORENCE TO HAND OVER A RWANDAN PRIEST 
ACCUSED OF GENOCIDE. COMMENTING ON AN EARLIER DECISION BY 
ITALIAN AUTHORITIES NOT TO HAND OVER FATHER ATHANASE SEROMBA 
WHO HAS BEEN WORKING IN A PARISH IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF 
FLORENCE SINCE 1997, NAVARRO-VALLS OPINED THAT "APPARENTLY" 
THE COURT'S EXTRADITION REQUEST PROVIDED INADEQUATE EVIDENCE 
OF WRONGDOING TO JUSTIFY ARRESTING THE PRIEST. NAVARRO-VALLS 
DID NOT SAY WHETHER THE VATICAN CONSULTED WITH THE ITALIAN 
GOVERNMENT ON THE CASE. (NOTE. IN 1996, POPE JOHN PAUL II 
APPEALED TO RWANDAN CATHOLICS WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THE 
GENOCIDE "TO HAVE THE COURAGE TO ASSUME THE CONSEQUENCES OF 
THE DEEDS COMMITTED AGAINST GOD AND NEIGHBOR." OTHER VATICAN 
AGENCIES HAVE SAID PREVIOUSLY THAT THE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST 
FATHER SEROMBA SEEMED PART OF A CAMPAIGN TO DISCREDIT THE 
CATHOLIC CHURCH IN RWANDA. END NOTE). 
 
------------------------------------------- 
VATICAN ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF CHINESE BISHOP 
------------------------------------------- 
 
4.   VATICAN MISSIONARY NEWS AGENCY "FIDES" ANNOUNCED AUGUST 
02 THAT AUTHORITIES IN CHINA HAVE RELEASED A CATHOLIC BISHOP 
THEY ARRESTED 18 MONTHS AGO. THE STATEMENT SAID JOSEPH ZHANG 
WEIZHU, "UNOFFICIAL" BISHOP OF XINXIANG IN HENAN, WAS 
ARRESTED WITHOUT CHARGES ON JANUARY 25, 2000 AND RELEASED 
SOMETIME IN JULY. LOCAL CATHOLICS TOLD FIDES THAT BISHOP 
ZHANG WAS RELEASED BECAUSE HE SUFFERS SERIOUS HEALTH 
PROBLEMS. 
 
------------------------------------ 
VATICAN GRANTS TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
PAGE 04        VATICA  04075  051244Z 
------------------------------------ 
 
5.   A FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED BY POPE JOHN PAUL II TO HELP 
INDIGENOUS AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITIES IN POOR RURAL 
AREAS OF THE CARIBBEAN AND LATIN AMERICA HAS APPROVED GRANTS 
TOTALING SOME US DOLLARS 1.8 MILLION. THE FOUNDATION'S 
FUNDING COMES MOSTLY FROM THE ITALIAN BISHOPS CONFERENCE. 
GRANTS FOR 215 PROJECTS IN 19 COUNTRIES WERE APPROVED DURING 
AN EARLY JULY ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL MEETING. IN A STATEMENT 
RELEASED AUGUST 01, THE VATICAN SAID THAT THESE FOCUSED ON 
AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, ARTISANS AND SMALL BUSINESSES, AND 
EDUCATIONAL AND COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS. MERANTE 
 


Latest source of this page is cablebrowser-2, released 2011-10-04