I just came across an interesting article by John Thavis from Catholic News Service (CNS)  regarding Wikileaks and the Vatican.  The article is entitled, “Vatican emerges from WikiLeaks as a key player on global scene.”

Below are a few quotes followed by a link to the full article.  It is worth the read. 

“If there’s one clear conclusion that can be drawn from the Vatican-related WikiLeaks disclosures, it’s that the United States takes the Vatican and its diplomatic activity very seriously…”

Quoting a U.S. Embassy cable in preparation of Pope Benedict’s first visit to the United States: “The Vatican is second only to the United States in the number of countries with which it enjoys diplomatic relations (188 and 177, respectively), and there are Catholic priests, nuns and laypeople in every country on the planet. As a result, the Holy See is interested and well-informed about developments all over the globe…”

Finally, one cable tried to sum up what the Vatican is about by stating, “The Vatican strives to translate its religious beliefs and its humanitarian concerns into concrete policies.” 

Amen.  And may it ever be so. 

For the full article go to: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1005234.htm