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No shrine from China in the 'rosary marathon' against the pandemic

There was some hope that the Marian Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Sheshan, in the People's Republic of... Read more

New nuncio to Benin, Togo consecrated a bishop

The episcopal consecration of Archbishop Mark Miles, who was appointed apostolic nuncio to Benin and Togo earlier this year, was... Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Hong Kong. Credit: Volodymyr Dvornyk/Shutterstock

Who will be the next Bishop of Hong Kong?

In the wake of the sentencing of several pro-democracy figures, one observer said this week that this would be an... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

Australian Cardinal Edward Cassidy, Vatican official and diplomat, dies at 96

The retired cardinal had been a Vatican nuncio and Holy See official for over 30 years. Read more

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Jan. 25, 2015.

Vatican should speak up on China, scholar says

A Swedish scholar who studies China has called for the Vatican to speak up about human rights abuses by the... Read more

Vatican diplomat: The empowerment of women will contribute to peace and security

A Vatican diplomat said Monday that the advancement of more women in leadership positions in public life will contribute to... Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian grotto in Pakistan.

Vatican diplomat highlights growing religious intolerance

A Vatican diplomat highlighted Thursday the “ever-growing intolerance and discrimination against Christians, Jews, Muslims and members of other religions.”  Read more

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Book gives more insight into the actions of Pius XII and his 'bureau' during WWII

A new book provides further information from the archives of Venerable Pius XII, including the Vatican’s attempts to oppose the... Read more

rchbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk-Mohilev prays outside the Akrestsin Street pre-trial detention center in Minsk, Aug. 19, 2020. Credit: Catholic.by.

Exiled Belarusian archbishop will be allowed to return for Christmas

Belarusian authorities announced Tuesday that Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk-Mohilev, who was exiled in August, will be permitted to return... Read more

Cardinal Mario Zenari in St. Peter's Basilica on Nov. 19, 2016.

Cardinal tells diplomats: 11 million Syrians need humanitarian aid

The apostolic nuncio to Syria met with diplomats accredited to the Vatican Thursday to inform them that an estimated 11... Read more

Police use a water cannon truck to disperse demonstrators during a rally to protest against the Belarus presidential election results in Minsk, Oct. 11, 2020.

New apostolic nuncio arrives in Belarus

Archbishop Ante Jozić, who was appointed apostolic nuncio to Belarus earlier this year, arrived in the country Sunday, being met... Read more

Archbishop Charles Brown, apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, at a reception following his episcopal consecration in January 2012.

Archbishop Charles Brown appointed nuncio to the Philippines

Pope Francis on Monday appointed Archbishop Charles Brown as apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, a position which had been vacant... Read more

Apostolic nuncio to Belarus consecrated a bishop

The Vatican Secretary of State on Wednesday consecrated as a bishop Ante Jozić, who was appointed apostolic nuncio to Belarus... Read more

 The Vatican flag flies over St. Peter's Square, April 26, 2014.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of former nuncio to Chile

Pope Francis Friday accepted the resignation of Vatican diplomat Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto as an apostolic nuncio.  Read more

A bishop surveys the construction of a separation wall in Palestine's Cremisan Valley, Jan. 17, 2017.

Vatican tells Israel, US that annexation could jeopardize peace process

Ahead of possible Israeli action to annex Palestinian territories, Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin met with the... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, speaks at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Cardinal Zen invites Cardinal Re to show claimed China documents from Vatican archive

Cardinal Zen on Sunday responded to the claim of the Dean of the College of Cardinals that Benedict XVI had... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Cardinal Re claims Cardinal Zen is at odds with John Paul II, Benedict XVI on China

The newly-appointed Dean of the College of Cardinals purportedly sent a letter to cardinals Wednesday claiming that the China-Vatican deal... Read more

Iranians gather around the caskets of Qasem Soleimani and others during a funeral procession after the bodies arrived in Qom, Jan. 6, 2020.

Iranian nuncio appeals for negotiation, not revenge

As tensions escalate between Iran and the United States following the killing of Qasem Soleimani, the pope’s diplomat in Tehran... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin gives an intervention during a panel discussion hosted by Hungary at the UN General Assembly in NYC, Sept. 27, 2019.

At UN, Holy See requests increased aid for Middle Eastern Christians

As displaced Christians return to their homes in the Middle East, the Vatican Secretary of State encouraged U.N. representatives Friday... Read more

Vatican Secretary of State marks 25 years of diplomatic relations with Israel

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin marked the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Israel... Read more