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'Given the new situation, a papal trip to Cuba would be hoped for'

Jan 20, 2015 - 12:43 pm .- Following the Vatican-brokered restoration of relations between the US and Cuba, a visit of Pope Francis to the island should be “expected and welcomed,” according to the Vatican's emeritus Secretary of State.

Francis lauds Nobel Peace laureates, declines to meet with Dalai Lama

Dec 12, 2014 - 12:55 pm .- Following the reception of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize by two south Asians this week, Pope Francis has praised Nobel laureates' efforts for peace but chose not to meet with the Dalai Lama, who won the prize in 1989.

Cardinal Parolin: Without its Christian roots, Europe won't help the world

Oct 27, 2014 - 12:12 pm .- The European Union could be significant and helpful in solving crises around the world, but its common effort should lie in its Christians roots which are somewhat forgotten, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said on Friday.

Meeting of Pope Francis, Vietnamese minister a key step in restoring ties

Oct 18, 2014 - 02:49 pm .- Pope Francis met with Vietnamese prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung Saturday morning, which is a move seen as a important step in strengthening ties between the Vatican and Vietnam.

Apostolic nuncios to Middle East will discuss aid, response to terrorists

Oct 1, 2014 - 10:52 am .- Pope Francis and Vatican officials are due to meet this week with the nuncios to seven Middle Eastern nations to discuss responses to the Islamic State, and in particular how to provide humanitarian aid to displaced persons.

Vatican's new UN observer to face key challenges

Jul 11, 2014 - 12:02 am .- Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza, the new head of the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, served on the front lines in response to Haiti’s disastrous 2010 earthquake.

Ireland's invite to Pope could signal defrosting relations

May 7, 2014 - 02:02 am .- After years of tension, news that Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has invited Pope Francis to visit the country may be a sign that relations between the Holy See and Ireland are returning to normal.

Sri Lankans welcome new apostolic nuncio

Apr 9, 2014 - 04:02 pm .- Sri Lankan Catholics accorded a traditional welcome to their newly appointed apostolic nuncio, who arrived in Colombo to begin his diplomatic duties April 3.

Obama meets with Pope at time of 'tense' relations with Church

Mar 27, 2014 - 11:49 am .- U.S. President Barack Obama’s March 27 meeting with Pope Francis comes at a time of tension between his administration and the Church over religious liberty, several Catholic leaders have said.

US celebrates 30 years of diplomacy with the Vatican

Jan 23, 2014 - 05:17 pm .- On the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See's founding, new Ambassador Ken Hackett lauded the many fruits borne from the relationship, expressing his hope to help bear more.

Vatican to appeal for reconciliation at Syrian peace conference

Jan 21, 2014 - 04:01 pm .- Pope Francis' continual focus on the Syrian civil war will contribute to the Holy See playing a key role at the “Geneva II” international peace conference, due to start tomorrow, Jan. 22.

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