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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

Police officer on duty at St Peter's square in Vatican City.

Vatican official raided over London property deal investigation

Feb 18, 2020

Vatican authorities have seized documents and computers belonging to a senior curial official as part of an investigation into financial... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope appoints first woman to managerial position in Secretariat of State  

Jan 15, 2020

Pope Francis has named Dr. Francesca Di Giovanni as undersecretary for multilateral affairs in the Vatican Secretariat of State, marking... Read more

Gianluca Gauzzi Broccoletti.

Pope Francis appoints new head of Vatican security

Oct 15, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Tuesday appointed the second-in-command of Vatican security to head the City State's national police force, after the resignation... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican prosecutors conduct raid on Secretariat of State offices

Oct 1, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Vatican prosecutors seized documents and electronic devices in a raid executed Tuesday at the offices of the most senior curial... 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

St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope names long-time Vatican diplomat as deputy of Secretariat of State

Aug 15, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Wednesday named Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra, a member of the Vatican diplomatic corps for over 25 years, the... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Waiting for a new deputy at the Vatican Secretariat of State

Aug 9, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis’ trip to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families will be likely his first international trip not to... Read more

The flags of North and South Korea.

Vatican diplomat hopeful about prospect of peace on Korean peninsula

Jul 6, 2018

The Vatican's top diplomat expressed hope Thursday that efforts to bring lasting, stable peace on the Korean peninsula will bear... Read more

Then-Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu speaks with journalists aboard the papal flight to Colombo, Jan. 12, 2015. Becciu was made a cardinal June 28, 2018.

Now a cardinal, Giovanni Angelo Becciu heads to congregation for saints' causes

Jun 28, 2018

By Elise Harris

Newly-minted Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu will resign from his post as substitute of the Secretariat of State tomorrow, in anticipation... Read more

Archbishop Pawlowski.

Curia reform: Pope Francis reorganizes Vatican Secretariat of State

Nov 20, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis has established a third section, or department, of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, which reportedly... Read more

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin in Sochi, Aug. 23, 2017.

Cardinal Parolin: Russia has key responsibility in brokering world peace

Aug 25, 2017

By Elise Harris

After his recent visit to Russia, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said a key message of his overall... 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

Pope Francis meets with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Vatican, June 10, 2015.

Russia, West must put peace before partisan interests – Cardinal Parolin

Jul 31, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

If problems between Russia and Western countries are going to be resolved, the two must overcome differences and concern for... Read more

Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, the Vatican's deputy Secretary of State, whose April 12 letter suspended the PwC audit of Vatican finances.

Suspended audit reveals power struggle at the Vatican

Apr 25, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The recent suspension of an audit of Vatican finances by a major accounting firm shed light on a lively debate... Read more

The American University of Madaba, located in Jordan.

Vatican commission to oversee Catholic university in Jordan

Feb 2, 2015

The Vatican Secretariat of State has established an ad hoc commission to oversee the American University of Madaba, a Catholic... Read more

Two soldiers standing beside a World War One tank.

A silver lining from World War I? Restored ties between UK, Holy See

Dec 7, 2014

By Ann Schneible

A Mass was said on Wednesday at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls to mark 100 years of... Read more

The website of L'Osservatore Romano was re-vamped in December, 2013.

Vatican media reform committee to make first proposals by Easter

Oct 1, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Having met for the first time last week, the committee to reform the Vatican's media and communications will continue to... Read more

Pope Francis and US President Barack Obama speak during a private audience at athe Vatican, March 27, 2014.

Obama meets with Pope at time of 'tense' relations with Church

Mar 27, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

U.S. President Barack Obama’s March 27 meeting with Pope Francis comes at a time of tension between his administration and... Read more