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Charles de Foucauld

Pope Francis to future Vatican diplomats: See St Charles de Foucauld as model

Jun 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope was speaking to members of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Read more

Pope Francis attends the funeral Mass of Cardinal Angelo Sodano in St. Peter’s Basilica, May 31, 2022.

With Cardinal Sodano’s death, an era has come to a close

Jun 1, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

At his peak, the Italian cardinal was arguably the Vatican’s most influential personality. Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki.

Polish bishops’ leader: Vatican’s approach to Russia ‘naive and utopian’

May 24, 2022

By Luke Coppen

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki made the remark after a May 17-20 visit to Ukraine. Read more

Archbishop Paul Gallagher meets with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kyiv on May 20.

Vatican foreign minister meets Ukrainian counterpart in Kyiv

May 20, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Paul Gallagher prayed at a former mass grave site in Bucha during his Ukraine visit. Read more

St. John Paul II (1920-2005).

George Weigel on what the Vatican can learn from JPII’s diplomacy with Russia

May 19, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The papal biographer said the Vatican ought to realize that ‘appeasement of communist regimes never works.’ Read more

Pope Francis takes part in a video call with Patriarch Kirill, March 16, 2022.

Pope Francis says Vatican canceled meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill

Apr 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

In an interview with an Argentine newspaper published Thursday, Pope Francis said a meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill will... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin in Salerno, Italy, on Oct. 13, 2019.

Cardinal Parolin discusses the future of Vatican diplomacy

Apr 19, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In the final part of an exclusive interview, the Vatican Secretary of State discusses threats to religious freedom. Read more

Pope Francis meets Latvian foreign minister Edgars Rinkēvičs at the Vatican, March 14, 2022.

Latvia’s foreign minister: The Church must keep its moral compass

Mar 16, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Edgars Rinkēvičs met with Pope Francis on March 14. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on March 6, 2022.

How Pope Francis’ tone on the Ukraine war has shifted

Mar 8, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The pope’s words at the Angelus marked a subtle but important change. Read more

The late Cardinal Agostino Cacciavillan.

Cardinal Cacciavillan, former nuncio to the US, has died

Mar 5, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis is expected to attend Cardinal Cacciavillan’s funeral, which will be held in St. Peter’s Basilica on the morning... Read more

The flags of the People’s Republic of China and of Vatican City.

Are diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Beijing on the horizon?

Feb 11, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Two personnel moves have prompted speculation that the Vatican is changing its diplomatic strategy. Read more

Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra inaugurated an apostolic nunciature in Abu Dhabi, UAE on Feb. 4, 2022.

Vatican opens its first embassy in Abu Dhabi

Feb 4, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra inaugurated the new diplomatic post. Read more

Pope Francis meets with diplomats accredited to the Holy See at the Vatican’s Hall of Blessings, Jan. 10, 2022.

Pope Francis laments ‘cancel culture’ in annual address to diplomats

Jan 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope was giving his annual “state of the world” address. Read more

The episcopal consecration of Bishop Stephen Chow Sau-yan's in Hong Kong’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 4, 2021

Chinese bishops reportedly met with Hong Kong clerics on sinicization

Dec 31, 2021

By CNA Staff

Four clerics have told Reuters that several bishops and other officials from the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association met in October... Read more

Pope Francis received the credential letters of seven new ambassadors to the Holy See on Dec. 17, 2021.

Pope Francis: Vaccine access is a matter of justice

Dec 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope told new ambassadors that the ongoing pandemic is a reminder that “we are a global community where one... Read more

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Nuclear disarmament long overdue, Vatican diplomat tells UN

Sep 29, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Reluctant states should sign a treaty banning nuclear weapons, Vatican diplomat Archbishop Paul Gallagher told the United Nations on Tuesday.... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, speaks at a press conference in Rome, Sept. 28, 2017.

World needs action to back COVID vaccines and health care access, Cardinal Parolin tells UN

Sep 27, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The failure to provide health care access, testing, and vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic deserves global scrutiny, Cardinal Pietro Parolin... Read more

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states.

Archbishop Gallagher at UN: 'Racism can and must be defeated'

Sep 23, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The Vatican’s foreign minister on Wednesday addressed heads of state at the United Nations, noting that the Church is “engaged... Read more

Spanish Supreme Court rules divorced-and-remarried religion teacher must be reinstated 

Aug 2, 2021

By Blanca Ruiz

Spain’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a religion teacher whose declaration of suitability to teach religion was withdrawn by the... Read more

Pope Francis greets Secretary Antony Blinken at the Vatican on June 28, 2021.

Pope Francis meets Secretary Antony Blinken at Vatican

Jun 28, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Secretary Blinken and Pope Francis discussed China, as well as "the humanitarian crises in Lebanon, Syria, the Tigray region of... Read more