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The Flag of the Holy See.

Pope Francis names new Permanent Observer to the UN in Geneva

Feb 14, 2016

By Elise Harris

Slovenia-born Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic will be the Holy See’s next Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva, a significant... Read more

Msgr. Peter Bryan Wells.

High-ranking American in Vatican 'humbled' by appointment as nuncio

Feb 9, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Tuesday it was announced that Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Peter Bryan Wells, the highest ranking American in the... Read more

Tombstones at the war cemetery in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Why are more civilians dying in war? Nuncio says global community must act

Jan 22, 2016

The Holy See’s representative to the United Nations has said that the entire international community is implicated “in one way... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the Diplomatic Corps Ac

Pope to diplomats: Migrants present challenges, but don't forget their dignity

Jan 11, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Monday Pope Francis gave his first major speech of the year to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy... Read more

Pope Francis addresses interreligious leaders in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan. 13, 2015.

'Genuine religious faith' is a force against terrorist savagery, Holy See tells UN

Oct 18, 2015

The papal nuncio to the United Nations on Wednesday stressed the religious rejection of the “utter savagery” of terrorism and... Read more

The Vatican flag.

Holy See expresses cautious support for UN development goals

Sep 4, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The Holy See on Tuesday expressed its “strong support” for the 2030 United Nations development agenda, but added it has... Read more

Chinese pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the General Audience, April 22, 2015.

China consecrates first new bishop in three years

Aug 6, 2015

In mainland China's first episcopal consecration since 2012, a priest was consecrated a bishop in the cathedral of Anyang on... Read more

Riad al-Malki, Palestine's foreign minister, signs the Comprehensive Agreement between the State of Palestine and the Holy See, June 26, 2015.

A hope for peace: Vatican, Palestine sign treaty protecting religious liberty

Jun 26, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The comprehensive agreement signed on Friday by the Holy See and the State of Palestine may serve the twofold goal... Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowd at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, March 25, 2015.

Pope exhorts future Vatican diplomats to bring Christ's face to the world

Jun 25, 2015

Pope Francis told the graduating class of Holy See ambassadors on Thursday that their main mission is to be Christ’s... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, prefect of the papal household, greets Russian president Vladimir Putin upon his arrival at the Vatican, June 10, 2015.

Ukraine crisis the focal point in Pope's discussion with Putin

Jun 10, 2015

By Elise Harris

In the second meeting between Pope Francis and Russian president Vladimir Putin, held on Wednesday at the Vatican, the discussion... Read more

(L-R) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres, and Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew meet in the Vatican, June 8, 2014.

Vatican and 'State of Palestine' agree to treaty safeguarding religious liberty

May 13, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Holy See and the State of Palestine have agreed on the text of a treaty regarding the life and... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Raul Castro, president of Cuba, at the Vatican, May 10, 2015.

Raul Castro to Pope: Thanks to you, I may come back to the Church

May 10, 2015

Following a private meeting at the Vatican with Pope Francis, who has helped to broker improved relations between Cuba and... Read more


No to nuclear weapons, yes to nuclear technology – the Holy See's stance

Apr 28, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In an effort to abolish the production of nuclear weapons worldwide, the Holy See is pushing an agreement – with... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Pope Francis meets with gay French ambassador nominee

Apr 24, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis met April 17 with Laurent Stefanini, the openly gay foreign service officer named by France to be ambassador... Read more

Msgr. Segundo Tejado Munoz, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, with refugee children in Iraq, March 28, 2015.

How the Holy See is using diplomacy to aid Christians in the Middle East

Apr 8, 2015

In the face of increased persecution of Christians in the Middle East, the Holy See's diplomatic arm is developing a... Read more

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN in Geneva, speaking Aug. 25, 2014.

Use of force is a last resort against Islamic State – Vatican diplomat

Mar 17, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

By presenting a joint statement to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council to support Christians and other communities in the... Read more

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

Curia reform may include an office for negotiations in the Secretariat of State

Mar 11, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Vatican Secretary of State suggested Wednesday that an ‘office for pontifical mediation’ may established within the ranks of the... Read more

Volunteers distribute food to Ukrainians displaced from their homes by the violence.

In Ukraine, Pope Francis backs effort for peace – not any particular party

Feb 10, 2015

Following mixed interpretations of Pope Francis’ words on the crisis in Ukraine, the director of the Holy See press office... Read more

Much remains to be done, but Vatican-China relations may be improving

Feb 5, 2015

Despite the recent death of a long-imprisoned Chinese bishop, there are mixed signals suggesting the People's Republic of China wills... Read more

Pilgrims gather in Havana for Mass during Benedict XVI's March 2012 visit to Cuba.

'Given the new situation, a papal trip to Cuba would be hoped for'

Jan 20, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Following the Vatican-brokered restoration of relations between the US and Cuba, a visit of Pope Francis to the island should... Read more