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

Pope Francis accepts resignation of former nuncio to Chile

Jul 31, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jul 2, 2020

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

Mar 2, 2020

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

Feb 29, 2020

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

Jan 7, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Sep 28, 2019

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

Jun 14, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of Propaganda Fide (L).

Cardinals spar in responses to Vatican-China deal

Mar 8, 2019

By Courtney Mares

After Cardinal Fernando Filoni and a Chinese-appointed bishop both spoke out this week separately in support of the Vatican-China deal... Read more

Archbishop Luigi Ventura, then-Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, speaks at a Mass and Concert held in Ottawa, April 2, 2009.

French European minister calls on Holy See to revoke nuncio's diplomatic immunity

Mar 4, 2019

France's European affairs minister encouraged the Holy See last week to aid in an investigation of the apostolic nuncio to... Read more

Members of a Venezuelan delegation sent by Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to meet with Italy's Interior Minister pose in Rome, Feb. 11, 2019.

Holy See receives Venezuelan opposition delegation

Feb 11, 2019

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican Secretariat of State received Monday a delegation from Venezuela affiliated with opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been... Read more

Pope Francis addresses members of the diplomatic corps ac

Pope to diplomats: Remember transcendent dimension of human persons

Jan 7, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Upholding the dignity of the human person, and the rule of law, are essential for good politics, Pope Francis said... Read more

Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, who met recently with Bishop Vincent Guo Xijin to secure his retirement, says Mass in Rome Jan. 22, 2016.

After China deal, two underground bishops step down at Vatican's request

Dec 14, 2018

Two underground bishops in China have agreed to step aside in favor of bishops of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association,... Read more

The United Nations headquarters in New York.

Holy See affirms enduring importance of UN human rights declaration

Dec 10, 2018

Seven decades after its proclamation, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is still being hailed as “a great triumph achieved... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin speaks in Rome, Sept. 28, 2017.

Holy See urges implementation of Paris Agreement

Dec 4, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

At a UN climate change summit in Poland Monday, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin underlined the Holy See’s... Read more

Kim Jong Un invites Pope Francis to meet in Pyongyang

Oct 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has invited Pope Francis to meet in Pyongyang, a South Korean spokesman said Tuesday.... Read more

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

Holy See-China agreement draws criticism from US religious freedom advocates

Sep 30, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

The Holy See’s provisional agreement with China on the appointment of bishops has drawn criticism from some U.S. religious freedom... Read more

The flag of the People's Republic of China.

Holy See, China continue to negotiate situation of underground bishops

Sep 28, 2018

Sources say the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China are involved in new negotiations over the fate of... Read more

Pilgrims from China at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on April 5, 2016.

Archbishop McCarrick’s unofficial role in Vatican-China relations

Sep 17, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Over 20 years, Archbishop McCarrick traveled to China on at least eight occasions, sometimes staying in a state-controlled Beijing seminary,... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican City flag.

What makes the Holy See's diplomacy unique

Jul 25, 2018

By Courtney Mares

At a religious freedom event in Washington, D.C., this week, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States explained how the... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Analysis: Cardinal Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, at the elite Bilderberg meeting

Jun 6, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, will take part in the Bilderberg Conference, an annual private gathering of global... Read more