UDC 327::911.3](497:456.31)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 70 (2018)
Vol. 69, No 1170, pp. 43-58
DOI:

Original scientific paper
Received: 19 Mar 2018
Accepted: 19 Apr 2018

GEOPOLITICS OF THE HOLY SEE AND THE WESTERN BALKANS

Stanković Vladan (Institut za političke studije u Beogradu),

In this scientific journal, we have presented only some basic outlines of the Vatican’s geopolitics. Important factors that, in our understanding, strongly affect the erosion of one geopolitics are: the ecumenical politics of Roman Curia, the geopolitics of the Holy See in international relations in the last hundred years, and the geopolitics of the Vatican in the area of Southeastern Europe and the Western Balkans. The changes from the Second Vatican Council made the Catholic Church come out of isolation, and to join the ecumenical movement. Since then, she has played a more active role in international relations. The relations between the Holy See and the Serbian Orthodox Church experience some progress and improvements in relation to the time of John Paul II’s pontificate. The progress is primarily reflected in the acquisition of mutual confidence in the canonization of Stepinac, as well as in the consistent decision of the Holy See not to recognize the so-called “Kosovo’s independence“.

Keywords: geopolitics, Vatican, (Roman)Catholic Church, international relations, diplomacy, Serbs