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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

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