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Do something about forced migration, cardinal exhorts UN

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.

Papal ambassadors issue global appeal to step-up peace efforts

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.

Pope tells ambassadors to serve in humility, not get lost in politics

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.

Behind Pope Francis' diplomacy is a small school with a big impact

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.

Your job is to give voice to the suffering, Pope tells new ambassadors

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.

Empower women and you empower the world, Vatican tells UN

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.

Pope Francis names new Permanent Observer to the UN in Geneva

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.

High-ranking American in Vatican 'humbled' by appointment as nuncio

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.

Why are more civilians dying in war? Nuncio says global community must act

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.

Pope to diplomats: Migrants present challenges, but don't forget their dignity

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.

'Genuine religious faith' is a force against terrorist savagery, Holy See tells UN

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.

Holy See expresses cautious support for UN development goals

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.

China consecrates first new bishop in three years

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.

A hope for peace: Vatican, Palestine sign treaty protecting religious liberty

Jun 26, 2015 - 02:44 pm .- The comprehensive agreement signed on Friday by the Holy See and the State of Palestine may serve the twofold goal of stimulating peace in the Middle East and providing a model for similar treaties with other Middle East countries.

Pope exhorts future Vatican diplomats to bring Christ's face to the world

Jun 25, 2015 - 05:15 pm .- Pope Francis told the graduating class of Holy See ambassadors on Thursday that their main mission is to be Christ’s representatives to the world.

Ukraine crisis the focal point in Pope's discussion with Putin

Jun 10, 2015 - 01:44 pm .- In the second meeting between Pope Francis and Russian president Vladimir Putin, held on Wednesday at the Vatican, the discussion focused on the current crises in both Ukraine and the Middle East.

Vatican and 'State of Palestine' agree to treaty safeguarding religious liberty

May 13, 2015 - 02:13 pm .- The Holy See and the State of Palestine have agreed on the text of a treaty regarding the life and activity of the Church in Palestine, which is expected to be signed soon by both parties.

Raul Castro to Pope: Thanks to you, I may come back to the Church

May 10, 2015 - 01:51 pm .- Following a private meeting at the Vatican with Pope Francis, who has helped to broker improved relations between Cuba and the United States, the president of the Caribbean nation suggested he could return to the Church in the future.

No to nuclear weapons, yes to nuclear technology โ€“ the Holy See's stance

Apr 28, 2015 - 04:02 am .- In an effort to abolish the production of nuclear weapons worldwide, the Holy See is pushing an agreement – with a deadline – between nations, which zeros-in on the use of nuclear energy for positive social development.

Pope Francis meets with gay French ambassador nominee

Apr 24, 2015 - 11:00 am .- Pope Francis met April 17 with Laurent Stefanini, the openly gay foreign service officer named by France to be ambassador to the Vatican.

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