2029 will mark 100 years of the establishment of a sovereign Vatican City, during which the Pope has played a formative role in international-political discourse. The power of the Pope notably extends far beyond the 1.2 billion adherents of Catholicism. By reconciling religious duties and diplomatic missions, the papacy has forged both a unique and significant position as a global actor in contemporary international relations.

Historically speaking, Pope John Paul II had been a key voice for Solidarity movements in Poland during the Cold War, after expressing concerns of compromised religious freedoms under USSR governance for Polish civil society. In a post-Cold War context, the Pope had also been an instrumental facilitator of Cuba-US bilateral talks, supporting the Obama administration's relaxation of an embargo against the predominantly Catholic neighbouring state.

The appointment of Pope Francis in 2013 has seen an emphasis on pressing humanitarian issues from the Vatican, particularly drawing attention to the ongoing refugee crisis and global poverty. Demonstrating a commitment to matters that are both widespread and systemic, the Pope has a greater audience and capacity to assert its foreign policy agenda than ever before.

To what extent does the influence of the Pope permeate the borders of Vatican City? How does holding formalised power in international forums impact which issues emerge on the global political agenda? What are the primary diplomatic objectives of the Vatican City under the papacy of Pope Francis?

AIIA Victoria invites you to join Prof. Francis Campbell to discuss this topical issue.

AIIA Victoria gratefully acknowledges the Walter Mangold Trust Fund for its ongoing support of our young members.

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