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Early morning in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Vatican urges countries to accept refugees from Afghanistan

Aug 25, 2021

By Courtney Mares

A Vatican diplomat challenged nations to “move from declaration to action.” Read more

The Uavtek Nano Drone bug used by the British Army.

Vatican: Swarms of ‘kamikaze’ mini-drones pose threat to civilians

Aug 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Holy See said ‘it is an imperative duty to act urgently.’ Read more

The Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest.

Could Hungary find an unexpected ally in the Holy See?

Jul 10, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The country is under fire for a new law touching on homosexuality. Read more

The Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, which houses the meeting room of the UN Human Rights Council.

Holy See to UN: Children should not be ‘collateral victims’ of violence against women

Jul 8, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican reaffirmed the right to life of “children conceived as a result of sexual violence.” Read more

The Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, which houses the meeting room of the UN Human Rights Council.

UN experts’ letter to Vatican has ‘no real teeth,’ says Church official

Jun 21, 2021

By CNA Staff

The letter accused the Holy See of engaging in “obstructive practices” related to abuse. Read more

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Vatican criticizes lack of prosecutions for human trafficking

Jul 24, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The dignity and rights of trafficking victims requires the international community to do more to prosecute and bring down traffickers,... Read more

People pass in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the end of May.

Vatican: No active coronavirus cases among employees

Jun 6, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican said Saturday the city state no longer has any active positive cases among employees, after a 12th person... Read more

A lab technician scientist in PPE.

Holy See donates to WHO fund for medics on pandemic front line

May 19, 2020

The Holy See has pledged to contribute to the World Health Organization’s emergency fund supplying protective equipment to medics fighting... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Vatican ‘acknowledges the court's decision’ to dismiss Cardinal George Pell's appeal

Aug 21, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican said Wednesday it acknowledges the decision by the Court of Appeals in Victoria to uphold the conviction of... Read more

Olympic rings.

Holy See to participate in Olympic opening ceremony, IOC strategy session

Feb 6, 2018

By Elise Harris

A delegation from the Holy See is in South Korea this week to participate in the opening of the Winter... Read more

Vatican to UN: We must work together to eliminate causes of human trafficking

Nov 25, 2017

The international community must join forces to eliminate human trafficking and its root causes, the Vatican’s representative to the United... Read more

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

Vatican responds to allegations that ex-auditor was ousted

Sep 24, 2017

By Elise Harris

The Vatican has issued a response to allegations made by former auditor general Libero Milone, who, three months after mysteriously... Read more

Nuclear explosion.

Vatican at UN: Nukes won't save us – let's seek a better path

Sep 22, 2017

Nuclear weapons are a force for instability and any claims they promote peace are chasing illusions, the Holy See's Secretary... Read more

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vaticans Apostolic Palace.

Vatican to crack down on illegal sale of papal symbols, coat of arms

Feb 22, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday the Vatican announced plans to monitor with a more careful eye those who print official images of the... Read more

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas inagurates the new Palestinian Embassy to the Holy See Jan. 14, 2017.

Middle East peace center of meeting between Francis, Abbas

Jan 14, 2017

By Elise Harris

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited the Vatican Saturday before inaugurating his country’s new embassy to the Holy See, where he... Read more

Vatican speaks out on unapproved bishop ordinations in China

Dec 21, 2016

By Elise Harris

After the recent unauthorized ordination of bishops in China, which falls just ahead of a major meeting for Chinese Catholic... Read more

A Christian refugee family of eight living in a construction site in Erbil, Iraq. Courtesy of International Christian Concern.

What will ensure the survival of Middle East Christians?

Oct 31, 2016

Christianity is at a crossroads in the Middle East, and only a dedicated campaign of aid and activism can help... Read more

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vaticans Apostolic Palace.

Vatican sentences cleric, laywoman in second 'Vatileaks' trial

Jul 7, 2016

By Elise Harris

After an eight month trial weighing the guilt of five individuals in the leaking and disseminating of confidential financial documents,... Read more

UN flag outside the United Nations headquarters in New York.

When terrorism destroys religious cooperation: the Holy See's message to the UN

Apr 19, 2016

Terrorism in the name of religion is a lie, the head of the Holy See’s mission to the United Nations... Read more