In the News 2010

The Hidden Power of the Vatican


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This 36-minute Dutch documentary reflects on the Vatican’s attempts to influence public policy, especially around family planning and abortion, through the abuse of its position at the United Nations. While the commentary is in Dutch, many of the interviews are in English, including those with Dr. Nafis Sadik, a special adviser to the UN secretary general and his special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia; Stephen Lewis, the former UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa; Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar, chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs; Stephane Crouzat, a spokesperson for the French mission at the UN and Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the UN.

CFC president Jon O’Brien is featured in the introduction, as well as in slots beginning at 21:55 and 27:02, and during the interview with Archbishop Migliore, which begins at 29:00.

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This video originally appeared on Avro TV.

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