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Vatican, Myanmar officially establish diplomatic ties

May 4, 2017

By Elise Harris

In a meeting Thursday between Pope Francis and Myanmar's Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, the two cemented their diplomatic... Read more

A woman receives a tetanus vaccine at the Pissa health centre in Central African Republic, January 2008.

Health care for all isn't optional, Vatican tells UN

Mar 16, 2017

Health care access is a human right, not just a matter of philanthropy, the Holy See told the United Nations... Read more

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

Holy See signs agreement with Republic of the Congo

Feb 5, 2017

The Holy See and the Republic of the Congo on Friday signed a framework agreement to govern relations between the... Read more

Knights of Malta say leader's dismissal 'more complex' than condoms

Jan 12, 2017

By Elise Harris

After former Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Malta Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager was dismissed in early December, many have... Read more

Ken Hackett, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See in Rome on Jan. 23, 2014.

Vatican ambassador predicts Trump will drop campaign rhetoric

Jan 11, 2017

By Elise Harris

Ken Hackett is preparing to wrap up his term as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See as Donald Trump's presidential... Read more

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Pope to diplomats: when it comes to politics, peace must be more than a theory

Jan 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

Following a year marred by war and terrorism, Pope Francis told diplomats Monday that for 2017, peace has to be... Read more

A nuclear bomb explosion at the Nevada Test Site, April 18, 1953. Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration/Nevada Site Office.

Vatican calls for trust, responsibility on nuclear technology

Dec 6, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

In order to realize the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons the discourse of the international community surrounding... Read more

Archbishop Mario Zenari, who will be elevated to the cardinalate at the Nov. 19 consistory, speaks at a Sept. 2015 conference.

'Beloved' Syria's new cardinal a sign of the Pope's closeness

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said that Francis’ decision to give a red hat to the longtime... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, April 21, 2016.

Papal nuncio to US bishops: mercy will heal wounds of division

Nov 14, 2016

By Matt Hadro

The Church needs to “be on the move” to bring Christ to young people in an ever-changing world, Pope Francis’... Read more

Reported bishop ordinations in China not authorized by Holy See

Nov 7, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

A statement made by the Vatican on Monday declared that unverified reports of bishop ordinations taking place within the so-called... Read more

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

Holy See and Benin sign agreement on Church’s legal status

Oct 22, 2016

By Elise Harris

The Holy See and the Republic of Benin have signed an agreement formally recognizing the legal status of the Catholic... Read more

12-year-old twins from the old city of Homs stand near garbage outside a dilapidated building.

Global progress for children is stalled by war, Holy See tells UN

Oct 19, 2016

Progress for the world’s children has left out the young victims of war, conflict, and poverty, the Holy See has... Read more

A nuclear bomb explostion near Bikini atoll, March 26, 1954. Photo courtesy of the National Nuclear Security Administration/Nevada Site Office.

Nuclear weapons offer only illusory peace, Holy See tells UN

Oct 19, 2016

The apostolic nuncio to the United Nations again stressed the need for nuclear weapons disarmament on Monday, with the worldwide... Read more

Pope Francis waves at pilgrims from China at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 7, 2016.

Pope Francis and China – attempts for a thaw?

Oct 5, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Improved Holy See relations with China are a major effort of this papacy, with an ongoing focus on disputes appointment... Read more

A CRS tent aiding refugees and migrants in Europe.

Do something about forced migration, cardinal exhorts UN

Sep 20, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican Secretary of State pleaded Monday for an increased commitment from the international community in addressing the root causes... Read more

Pope Francis meets with apostolic nuncios at the Vatican, Sept. 17, 2016.

Papal ambassadors issue global appeal to step-up peace efforts

Sep 19, 2016

By Elise Harris

After spending three days in Rome to celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis’ diplomatic representatives throughout the world have... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 11, 2015.

Pope tells ambassadors to serve in humility, not get lost in politics

Sep 17, 2016

By Elise Harris

In a special Jubilee audience with nearly all of his 108 ambassadors around the world, Pope Francis thanked them for... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, April 13, 2016.

Behind Pope Francis' diplomacy is a small school with a big impact

Jun 11, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The pontificate of Pope Francis has a diplomatic style of its own, and many of his diplomats share a common... Read more

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Your job is to give voice to the suffering, Pope tells new ambassadors

May 19, 2016

By Elise Harris

As six new ambassadors to the Holy See presented Pope Francis with their credentials, the pontiff stressed that as representatives... Read more

Empower women and you empower the world, Vatican tells UN

Mar 23, 2016

If diplomacy and policy-making are to be successful, all women – including those who are often left out of the... Read more