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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 – 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.

How the Holy See is using diplomacy to aid Christians in the Middle East

Apr 8, 2015 - 02:08 am .- In the face of increased persecution of Christians in the Middle East, the Holy See's diplomatic arm is developing a strategy to shed light on Christian martyrs, helping those remaining to stay in their homeland and to foster interreligous dialogue.

Use of force is a last resort against Islamic State – Vatican diplomat

Mar 17, 2015 - 06:03 pm .- By presenting a joint statement to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council to support Christians and other communities in the Middle East, the Holy See has fostered a new diplomatic approach to protect communities and raise the international focus on a top issue.

Curia reform may include an office for negotiations in the Secretariat of State

Mar 11, 2015 - 06:08 pm .- The Vatican Secretary of State suggested Wednesday that an ‘office for pontifical mediation’ may established within the ranks of the Secretariat of State, in order to function as a link between the on-the-ground commitment of papal diplomacy and its commitment within international institutions.

In Ukraine, Pope Francis backs effort for peace – not any particular party

Feb 10, 2015 - 05:12 pm .- Following mixed interpretations of Pope Francis’ words on the crisis in Ukraine, the director of the Holy See press office said on Tuesday that the Holy See's overarching interest is in peace and negotiation.

Much remains to be done, but Vatican-China relations may be improving

Feb 5, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Despite the recent death of a long-imprisoned Chinese bishop, there are mixed signals suggesting the People's Republic of China wills an improved relationship with the Holy See.

'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.

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