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The flags of the Republic of China and the Vatican.

Taiwan's bishops gather at the Vatican for first time in 10 years

May 10, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The bishops of the Republic of China, also known as Taiwan, arrived in Rome earlier this week ahead of meetings... Read more

Chinese pilgrims attend the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 12, 2016.

Chinese officials again detain underground bishop during Holy Week

Mar 27, 2018

Police have detained a Catholic bishop at the center of controversy over a possible agreement between the Vatican and China.  Read more

The flag of China.

In China, government-appointed bishops support Xi, Vatican-China deal

Mar 13, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Government-backed bishops have spoken out publicly in support of the Vatican-China deal in a Chinese media interview at the Chinese... Read more

The flags of North and South Korea.

Vatican's Korea diplomat to help bridge the gap between North and South

Mar 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican’s recent diplomatic appointment to South Korea gained added significance as President Donald Trump announced that he will meet... Read more

Liliane Ploumen.

Award to pro-abortion politician a matter of protocol, Vatican says

Jan 16, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The conferral of the Vatican’s Order of St. Gregory the Great to Dutch politician and pro-abortion activist Liliane Ploumen was... Read more

Analysis: What guides Vatican diplomacy?

Jan 10, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

At a traditional new year's meeting between Pope Francis and diplomats to the Vatican, the pope painted a picture of... Read more

Boys play soccer on a basketball court in Jerusalem.

Christians in Holy Land voice fear over Trump's Jerusalem move

Dec 7, 2017

By Elise Harris

Christians leaders in Jerusalem have voiced fear over the repercussionss of America's recognition of the city as Israel's capital, asking... Read more

China, Vatican use 'diplomacy of art' to foster relations

Nov 21, 2017

By Elise Harris

Relations with mainland China have long been an interest for the Holy See, and the Vatican Museums have now partnered... Read more

The flag of the European Union flying in Rome.

Civil, ecclesial leaders of Europe find common ground in their concerns

Oct 27, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

The concern felt by both the Catholic Church and local civil leaders for the future of Europe provides an opportunity... Read more

As Europe faces uncertain future, ambassadors eager to exchange ideas

Oct 27, 2017

By Elise Harris

Ahead of a Vatican conference exploring the future of the European Union, several ambassadors to the Holy See have said... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri and his wife, Lara Bashir Al Azem, at the Vatican, Oct. 13, 2017.

Pope Francis, Lebanese prime minister discuss Middle East

Oct 13, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis and the prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Rafic Hariri, discussed Friday the current situation in the Middle East... Read more

Vatican recalls priest from US as child porn investigation opens

Sep 15, 2017

By Elise Harris

The Vatican announced Friday that after being informed by U.S. officials of a possible breach of child pornography laws on... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig, who was appointed apostolic nuncio to Italy and San Marino Sept. 12, 2017.

For the first time, the papal nuncio to Italy is not Italian

Sep 12, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

For the first time ever, a non-Italian will serve as apostolic nuncio, or papal ambassador, to Italy. On Sept. 12,... Read more

Parolin, Kirill: we have reached a 'new stage' in Church relations

Aug 23, 2017

By Elise Harris

After a joint meeting during Cardinal Pietro Parolin's visit to Russia this week, both he and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, April 27, 2017.

Parolin in Russia: Vatican diplomacy has a key role in global debate

Aug 21, 2017

By Elise Harris

As he arrived to Russia for his official three-day visit, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the Holy... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin says Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, April 27, 2017.

Cardinal Parolin says urgency of peace a key reason for Russia trip

Aug 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said he will be going to Russia Aug. 20-24 largely out of... Read more

The Church of the Savior on Blood in Saint Petersburg.

Why Cardinal Parolin's trip to Russia matters

Aug 3, 2017

By Elise Harris

The Vatican Secretary of State's visit to Russia later this month comes at a crucial juncture for the country, and... Read more

Mental health has a spiritual element, Holy See reminds UN

Jun 16, 2017

The Holy See's representative to the United Nations appealed Wednesday to the Human Rights Council to couple psychological treatment with... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen, emeritus Bishop of Hong Kong, at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Cardinal Zen urges prayer for Christians in China

May 24, 2017

By Elise Harris

As Chinese Catholics celebrate the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, Cardinal Joseph Zen has asked for prayers on... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the Diplomatic Corps Ac

Pope to ambassadors: Work for peace amid 'complex' global conflicts

May 18, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Thursday Pope Francis received the credentials of six new ambassadors to the Holy See, telling them to work for... Read more