From the Diplo Desk
For a first-time nuncio, Sudan is a tall order of an assignment. The genocide in the Darfur, in the country's west, is said to have claimed over 400,000 lives over the last four years, and displaced even more from their homes and families.
In his annual state of the world address last week to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, Darfur was the first place Benedict XVI spoke of in the traditional papal summary of geopolitical hotspots. Calling for a spirit of "active cooperation" able to "achieve results" in finding a solution to the violence, the Pope "invite[d] all those concerned to act with determination.
"We cannot accept that so many innocent people continue to suffer and die in this way," he said.
The task of putting heft and cooperation behind those words is the task that awaits Boccardi.