Vatican considers full UN membership.
Tauran announced in a press conference that the Vatican "will have to weigh carefully the consequences and the advantages and disadvantages of such a step." He stressed that no decision has been made as yet.
The Holy See is currently represented at the UN in New York by its permanent observer, Apostolic Nuncio Celestino Migliore.
Non-governmental organizations have long campaigned against the Vatican's status as a nonmember state with permanent observer status, highlighting the fact that it places Roman Catholicism above other religions that do not have such status, and blurs the necessary distinction between church and state. Switzerland was the only entity with a similar status, but its citizens recently voted to apply for full membership.
The "See Change" Campaign was initiated to change the Vatican's status at the United Nations. More information is available at www.seechange.org.
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|Title Annotation:||In Catholic Circles|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2003|
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