The Lord and weather willing, I will be off tomorrow to New York for a few days with the highlight of my visit being the May 9th Path to Peace Foundation dinner that is offered annually by the Holy See Mission to the United Nations.
The Foundation was instituted in 1991 by Archbishop (now Cardinal) Renato Martino who was the Vatican’s point man – the apostolic nuncio – to the U.N. for 16 years, I was honored to be a member of four Holy See delegations to international United Nations conferences when I worked at the Vatican: Cairo 1994, Copenhagen 1995, Beijing 1995 and Istanbul 1996, three of which were led by Abp. Martino. Mary Ann Glendon led the September 1995 delegation to Beijing for the U.N. conference on women and Abp. Martino was adjunct head of delegation.
Those were truly amazing times for me, personally and professionally.
The president of the foundation is always the apostolic nuncio and permanent observer to the United Nations. Currently that is Archbishop Gabriele Caccia. I’ve been blessed to know him for many years as well.
As the foundation website notes, at a special event held each year the Path to Peace Foundation honors an individual whose life and work have dramatically affected the world community for the better. The first Path to Peace Award was bestowed in 1993 upon H.E. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary General of the United Nations. The honorees this year are King Abdullah of Jordan and his wife, and Queen Rania.
VATICAN INSIDER VISITS SOLIDARITY HEALTH SHARE (PART II)
Join me on Vatican Insider this weekend when my guest, Brad Hahn, CEO of Solidarity Health Share, returns in Part II to tell us more about this community that supports you and your family by lowering your medical bills, providing you with a team of care professionals to help you navigate the health care system, and giving you peace of mind knowing your health care dollars are used ethically. Learn of the challenges facing health care providers and how solidarity helps families in their own health challenges. Brad is a lawyer and has worked for decades in the Phoenix, Arizona area. (photo taken after lunch at the marvelous Taverna Agape)
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