Using inside sources and extensive field reporting about the secretive, high-stakes world of international diplomacy, Vatican reporter Victor Gaetan takes readers to the Holy See to explicate Pope Francis's diplomacy, show why it works, and to offer readers a startling contrast to the dangerous inadequacies of recent U.S. international decisions.
Victor Gaetan is senior international correspondent for the National Catholic Register and a contributor to Foreign Affairs magazine, the Washington Examiner, America, and The American Spectator. He resides in Washington, DC.
Table of Contents
Part One Introduction: What Does Washington Fear About Pope Francis and Vatican Diplomacy? Chapter 1: An Adaptable Network, Willing to Bleed Chapter 2: Mission Beyond Religion Chapter 3: Education of a Diplomat Chapter 4: Sovereignty is the Ticket to the International System Chapter 5: Diplomatic Classics, Rules of Thumb, and Modus Operandi Part Two Introduction: The Mustard Seed: Jorge Bergoglio as Manager, Missionary, and Mystic Chapter 6: Stifling War in Ukraine; Prioritizing Peace with Russia 2013 protests in Ukraine lead to a war that threatens over two decades of relationship building between Rome and Moscow Chapter 7: Mediating Cold War Quarrels: Cuba 2014 marks normalization of relations between the US and Cuba, a landmark agreement brokered by Rome Chapter 8: Diminishing Division: Kenya 2015 finds Pope Francis in Kenya where he shares a simple gesture Chapter 9: Letting War’s Victims Lead: Colombia 2016 clinches a peace deal signed by government and guerillas after over 50 years of fighting; the Catholic Church helps define the agreement’s core concern Chapter 10: Piecing Together the Middle East: Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia 2017 brings political crisis in Lebanon that cardinal-patriarch works to untie Chapter 11: Unifying the Religion of the Lord of Heaven: China 2018 achieves agreement between Vatican and Beijing on bishop selection Chapter 12: Piercing Hearts: South Sudan 2019 witnesses a pope on his knees kissing the feet of warlords