Vatican braces for ideological attack from UN committee

May 2, 2014 9:53 PM

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As Vatican officials prepare for a May 5 appearance before a UN committee monitoring implementation of the Convention against Torture, the director of the Vatican press office has issued a statement voicing the Vatican’s hope that “a serene an objective dialogue may take place,” with questions focused on the prevention of torture.

The Holy See signed the Convention against Torture in 2002, and thus incurred an obligation to testify before the UN committee. But having recently been subjected to a harsh criticism of Catholic teachings issued by another UN committee, after testifying on the rights of the child, Vatican officials...

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