Nov 15, 2016 - 06:08 am .- Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said that Francis’ decision to give a red hat to the longtime papal envoy to Syria is a sign of the Pope’s closeness to the Church and people on the ground amid the country's dire situation.
Nov 14, 2016 - 04:43 pm .- The Church needs to “be on the move” to bring Christ to young people in an ever-changing world, Pope Francis’ representative to the U.S. told bishops on Monday.
Nov 7, 2016 - 08:45 am .- A statement made by the Vatican on Monday declared that unverified reports of bishop ordinations taking place within the so-called “underground Church” in China had neither the authorization of the Holy See, nor had they been officially communicated.
Oct 22, 2016 - 04:05 pm .- The Holy See and the Republic of Benin have signed an agreement formally recognizing the legal status of the Catholic Church in the country, guaranteeing the Church’s ability to carry out her mission in service of the common good.
Oct 19, 2016 - 10:04 pm .- Progress for the world’s children has left out the young victims of war, conflict, and poverty, the Holy See has told the United Nations.
Oct 19, 2016 - 06:02 am .- The apostolic nuncio to the United Nations again stressed the need for nuclear weapons disarmament on Monday, with the worldwide adherence to the non-proliferation treaty a step to this goal.
Oct 5, 2016 - 03:03 am .- Improved Holy See relations with China are a major effort of this papacy, with an ongoing focus on disputes appointment of bishops and diplomatic recognition of neighboring Taiwan.
Sep 20, 2016 - 01:05 pm .- The Vatican Secretary of State pleaded Monday for an increased commitment from the international community in addressing the root causes of forced migration, particularly those which are man-made, such as war and arms trading.
Sep 19, 2016 - 10:35 am .- After spending three days in Rome to celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis’ diplomatic representatives throughout the world have called on government leaders to make greater efforts in ending conflict and promoting peace.
Sep 17, 2016 - 09:39 am .- In a special Jubilee audience with nearly all of his 108 ambassadors around the world, Pope Francis thanked them for their dedication, and encouraged them to continue their work in humble service, without getting caught up in useless politics.
Jun 11, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- The pontificate of Pope Francis has a diplomatic style of its own, and many of his diplomats share a common source: a college and a home for disadvantaged but talented young people on scholarship called the Istitutio Villa Nazareth.
May 19, 2016 - 07:40 am .- As six new ambassadors to the Holy See presented Pope Francis with their credentials, the pontiff stressed that as representatives of their people, they must be the voice of those suffering from tragedies.
Mar 23, 2016 - 03:06 am .- If diplomacy and policy-making are to be successful, all women – including those who are often left out of the conversation – must have a voice in the process, a Holy See representative told the U.N.
Feb 14, 2016 - 06:27 pm .- Slovenia-born Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic will be the Holy See’s next Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva, a significant appointment given his experience in diplomacy.
Feb 9, 2016 - 02:07 am .- On Tuesday it was announced that Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Peter Bryan Wells, the highest ranking American in the Vatican Secretariat of State, as his new ambassador to South Africa and Botswana.
Jan 22, 2016 - 06:08 am .- The Holy See’s representative to the United Nations has said that the entire international community is implicated “in one way or another” in the rise of civilian deaths in modern warfare.
Jan 11, 2016 - 07:05 am .- On Monday Pope Francis gave his first major speech of the year to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, focusing on the hot-button topic of migration and the need to find dignified solutions to the problem.
Oct 18, 2015 - 06:07 am .- The papal nuncio to the United Nations on Wednesday stressed the religious rejection of the “utter savagery” of terrorism and violence.
Sep 4, 2015 - 04:22 pm .- The Holy See on Tuesday expressed its “strong support” for the 2030 United Nations development agenda, but added it has “firm reservations” about some items in the agenda document.
Aug 7, 2015 - 12:04 am .- In mainland China's first episcopal consecration since 2012, a priest was consecrated a bishop in the cathedral of Anyang on Tuesday. His appointment was agreed upon by both the Vatican and the Chinese government.