283. Letter From Secretary of State of the Holy See Cicsquani to Vice President Humphrey1

Dear Mr. Vice President,

The Holy Father was pleased to receive your kind letter of January 24th in which you expressed your satisfaction with the establishment of the Papal Commission on International Peace and Justice.2

The Pontiff has repeatedly urged international collaboration between the nations of the world because He sees in this a very valuable means for advancing an environment in which peace can prevail. Economic assistance and the interchange of technical knowledge will enable the emerging nations to enter with honour and dignity into the family of nations and will help immeasurably in dissipating suspicions. Richly endowed nations will have to shoulder heavy burdens, but history will record for all time their efforts to achieve understanding and respect, a preliminary step towards world peace.

His Holiness would have me thank you for your encouragement and for your support of this very important initiative.

With kindest personal regards, I am

Sincerely yours,

A.G. Cardinal Cicsquani
  1. Source: Minnesota Historical Society, Hubert H. Humphrey Papers, Vice Presidential Files, 1965–68, 150.E.14.10(F), Box 933. No classification marking.
  2. In his letter Humphrey wrote: “This is a source of great encouragement to those of us in public office who have for a long time taken a deep interest in the issues of peace and world poverty.” (Ibid.)