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Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Parolin: Hamas attack jeopardizes peace accord with Saudi Arabia

Oct 9, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Before the attacks, the U.S. government had been involved in negotiations with Israel and Saudi Arabia working toward establishing formal... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin addresses returnees and refugees at their camp in the Diocese of Malakal in South Sudan Aug. 15, 2023.

Vatican secretary of state pledges solidarity with refugees, returnees from Sudan

Aug 18, 2023

By Kerbino Kuel Deng

“We feel very sorry for … what happened to you in Sudan,” the cardinal said, adding: “We can do something... Read more

Pope Francis attends the funeral Mass of Cardinal Angelo Sodano in St. Peter’s Basilica, May 31, 2022.

With Cardinal Sodano’s death, an era has come to a close

Jun 1, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

At his peak, the Italian cardinal was arguably the Vatican’s most influential personality. Read more

A hearing in the Vatican finance trial on May 31, 2022.

Vatican finance trial highlights pressure to finalize London deal

Jun 1, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Two hearings this week turned the spotlight on the purchase of a luxury London property. Read more

Cardinal Angelo Sodano speaks at the funeral Mass for the former archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Bernard Law, who died in 2017.

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, former Vatican secretary of state, dies at 94

May 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The cardinal had been accused in recent years of covering up clerical sexual abuse. Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

How does the new Vatican constitution affect the Secretariat of State?

May 19, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Cardinal Parolin outlined the changes at a ‘Praedicate evangelium study day’ in Rome. Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, pictured on July 2, 2015.

Cardinal Parolin says that curial reform might not be over

Apr 8, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In Part 2 of an exclusive interview, the Vatican Secretary of State discusses the future of his powerful dicastery in... Read more

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin talks to EWTN Vatican correspondent Colm Flynn on March 19, 2022.

Cardinal Parolin urges negotiation to find a ‘win-win solution’ to war in Ukraine

Mar 22, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘The message of the Holy See, of the Holy Father, is to stop the war,’ the Vatican Secretary of State... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin speaks in a Vatican News interview published Nov. 30, 2021.

Vatican cardinal: ‘There is still room for negotiation’ to end Ukraine conflict

Feb 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the Vatican was ready to help Russia and Ukraine resume the path of dialogue. Read more

Pope Francis prays before the tomb of St. Paul VI in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica, Nov. 2, 2020.

Pope Francis prays for victims of Florida building collapse

Jun 26, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Pope Francis on Saturday offered prayers and condolences to all those affected by a deadly condominium building collapse in Florida... Read more

A YouTube screenshot of the KTO TV interview with Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Cardinal Parolin on Vatican finances: 'Talking about a crisis is a bit excessive'

Jan 30, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said that he does not consider the Vatican’s financial scandals to be “a crisis,” but pointed... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin's video message to Climate Adaptation Summit Jan. 25, 2021. YouTube Screenshot.

Vatican Secretary of State calls for synergy in fight against poverty and climate change

Jan 25, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican Secretary of State has called for a new model of development built on “the synergistic bond” between the... Read more

Vatican Secretary of State marks 25 years of diplomatic relations with Israel

Jun 14, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin marked the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Israel... Read more

Cardinal Pieto Parolin at the North American College in Rome on Jan. 6, 2015.

Parolin on ISIS threats: Vatican may be a target, but we're not backing down

Nov 17, 2015

By Elise Harris

In wake of Friday’s violent terror attacks in Paris, the Vatican’s Secretary of State said that while the small country... Read more

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone at the Vatican's New Synod Hall on Nov. 12, 2013.

Cardinal Bertone: Vatican secretary of state has pastoral task

Nov 14, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

As the Vatican's Secretary of State is also a bishop, his diplomatic action must take into consideration pastoral and missionary... Read more

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone at the Vatican's New Synod Hall on Nov. 12, 2013.

Vatican Secretary of State expected in office on Saturday

Nov 13, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican City's Secretary of State, who has reportedly been ill, will arrive in Rome next Saturday to... Read more

St. Peter's Square.

Cardinal Bertone steps down from role as Vatican Secretary of State

Oct 15, 2013

By Elise Harris

In a farewell ceremony held at the Vatican, former state secretary Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone stepped down from the position –... Read more


Archbishop Parolin: Pope's reforms a return to Church basics

Sep 12, 2013

New Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin said Pope Francis' reform efforts are not revolutionary, but stem from a... Read more

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, at the encounter for the 40th anniversary of the European bishops' conference.

Vatican source says Cardinal Bertone chose to resign early

Sep 10, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Outgoing Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, chose to step down in advance of his anticipated replacement date after... Read more

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Cardinal Bertone says time as Secretary of State was positive

Sep 3, 2013

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has offered a positive assessment of his nearly seven year-long tenure as Vatican Secretary of State, which... Read more