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Newsletter: Winter Issue 2004

From the President's Desk . . .

Dear friends of Path to Peace,

It is hard to believe that a year has gone by since we inaugurated the Path to Peace Newsletter. So much has happened during this year as you will read in this edition. As we recall all that was lived and savored in 2004, I hope that your own recollections of this year are filled with pleasant memories, and if you have experienced any disappointments or disturbance of peace, I pray that the Lord will grant you healing of memory.

During this season we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace and we will hear familiar hymns and yuletide songs celebrating peace. Unfortunately, in the society in which we live, everything seems to go back to “normal” the day after Christmas. But as you and I know well, the work of peace continues the whole year round. We are called to faithfully build up God’s kingdom and to be instruments of His peace.

At this holy time of year I would like to thank all of you, benefactors and friends, for your support of the Path to Peace Foundation throughout this past year. Your commitment to our Foundation is an affirmation of our work. Please know how appreciative I am of your friendship and assistance.

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas and a peaceful New Year, I am prayerfully yours


+ Celestino Migliore

Path to Peace Events


This year’s Path to Peace Award was held on September 20th at the University Club in New York City. More than 300 guests enjoyed a convivial Reception as we honored the 2004 recipient of the Path to Peace Award, His Eminence Angelo Cardinal Sodano, Secretary of State.

In his opening remarks, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, President of the Foundation, acknowledged that Cardinal Sodano encouraged and blessed the Path to Peace Foundation from its beginning and has continued to show active support for it over the years. His entire priestly life has been spent in the ecclesiastical diplomatic corps and, in the last 16 years, he has assumed a particular responsibility and mission, first as Secretary for Relations between the Holy See and other States, and then as Secretary of State, the first and primary collaborator with the Holy Father, whose pontificate has been distinguished by its indomitable passion for peace.

In accepting the Award, Cardinal Sodano stated that the Holy See has good reason to thank the Path to Peace Foundation and all its benefactors and friends for the untiring support they have given to the Holy See’s Observer Mission at the United Nations and for their selfless commitment to spreading the Holy Father’s teaching and the Church’s social doctrine. In promoting this important dimension of the Church’s teaching, the Path to Peace Foundation has made a significant contribution towards building a world graced by the Gospel values of justice, charity and peace.


Within the context of the Path to Peace Award Reception, the Servitor Pacis Award was posthumously bestowed upon His Excellency Archbishop Michael Courtney, Apostolic Nuncio in Burundi, who was murdered one year ago in December. Accepting the Award on his behalf, Cardinal Sodano said Archbishop Courtney “was a courageous servant of peace, who gave himself tirelessly and with generosity to the service of the people of that country. It is my prayer that his sacrifice will not be in vain, but will bear fruit for the good of all who live in that troubled region of Africa.”


In view of our convivial gathering and fundraising event for 2005, PTP has launched a contest among high school students of the inner city Catholic school system in the Archdiocese of New York. The theme of the contest is “Hands, Hearts and Voices for Peace.” The goal of the contest is to challenge students to “think” peace, “write” peace and “adopt” peace as a pattern of daily life. By encouraging the younger generations in our midst, PTP would like to broaden ways to extend the wave of peace to diverse circles, categories, and communities.


On July 1, 2004, the General Assembly adopted a Resolution, by acclamation, confirming and strengthening the rights of the Holy See as a Permanent Observer in the United Nations. The Holy See now enjoys, among other things, the right to participate in the general debate of the General Assembly; the right of reply; the right to have its communications issued and circulated directly as official documents of the Assembly; and the right to co-sponsor draft resolutions and decisions that make reference to the Holy See. Furthermore, the adoption of the Resolution by unanimous consensus of the 191 member Countries, is going to quiet attempts of those who have tried to downgrade the Holy See’s status within the UN.

News Brief


Through the generosity of the Path to Peace Foundation, we have been blessed over the years to sponsor interns who collaborate with the Permanent Observer Mission and thus benefit the Christian and professional formation from their exposure to the social teachings of the Church. Many of you have had the opportunity to meet some of them in your visits to the Mission. Our two Canadian interns, Nicolas Pappalardo and Rima Hbeika have completed their internship. Nicolas is now studying law at Ave Maria University in Ann Arbor, MI, and Rima has gone back to teaching in Canada. This year we also said farewell to our Archivist, Valeria Vitale, who returned to Argentina to plan for her upcoming wedding. Our new interns are Francisco Dionisio from Portugal and Mike Monis from Chicago. In addition, during this year we have welcomed part-time collaborators: David Naglieri from Rhinebeck, NY, who is now working for Salt and Light Television in Canada, Ryan Funk from Indianapolis, who pursues his studies in political science, and Mark Doherty, SJ, a Jesuit seminarian from California, now studying at Fordham. We appreciate the mutual benefits and rewards that interns offer us, namely, their valuable assistance to us in our work, while they, in turn, experience the impact of the Church’s social teaching on the international community.


This year the Path to Peace Foundation in conjunction with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace have published a new book entitled, Pope John Paul II and the Challenges of Papal Diplomacy: Anthology (1978-2003) edited by André Dupuy. The work is a compendium of the Holy Father’s statements on diplomacy, culled from over 25 years of his pontificate, and include documents addressed to Heads of State, Heads of Government, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Ambassadors, the Diplomatic Corps and various International Organizations. This book is a must for all those interested in ecclesiastical diplomacy. The book sells for $40 + $5 for shipping and handling, and may be purchased directly from the PTPF.