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The Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin attends a plenary session at the summit on peace in Ukraine at the luxury Burgenstock resort near Lucerne, Switzerland, on June 16, 2024.

Vatican’s secretary of state rues Russia’s absence at Ukraine peace conference

Jun 21, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

“Peace is always made together,” Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said June 19 as reported by Vatican News.  Read more

Speaking in his Angelus address on March 3, 2024, about the Israel-Hamas war, Pope Francis made an emotional plea for negotiations to reach a deal that both frees the hostages immediately and grants civilians access to humanitarian aid.

Ukrainian officials criticize Pope Francis’ ‘white flag’ remarks on Russia-Ukraine war

Mar 12, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“Our flag is a yellow and blue one. This is the flag by which we live, die, and prevail. We... Read more

A picture taken from a position in southern Israel on Feb. 29, 2024, shows smoke billowing over the Gaza Strip amid ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

Vatican reiterates calls for hostage returns, cease-fire in Israel-Hamas war

Feb 29, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin insisted on Tuesday that a “cease-fire” is the only way for the hostages... Read more

Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See Raphael Schutz meets with Pope Francis on Feb. 2, 2024.

Israeli embassy criticizes Cardinal Parolin’s remarks on civilian death toll in Gaza

Feb 15, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The Embassy of Israel to the Holy See this week issued a sharp rebuke of Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s recent remarks... Read more

Firefighters inspect collapsed wooden houses in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 2, 2024, a day after a major 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck the Noto region in Ishikawa Prefecture.

Pope sends message of condolence to victims of deadly earthquake in Japan

Jan 2, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The reported 7.6-magnitude quake struck Ishikawa Prefecture in the western part of the country, killing more than 50. Read more

A prayer meeting organized by the Taizé community.

Pope Francis urges young adults at Taizé event to ‘dare to build a different world’

Dec 29, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The European Meeting is an annual ecumenical Christian event that hosts several thousand young adults from across the world to... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience on Nov. 22, 2023.

Pope Francis to COP28: Environmental destruction is ‘an offense against God’

Dec 2, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis canceled his scheduled trip to Dubai days before the climate summit at the request of his doctors. Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Vatican draws line on women’s ordination and homosexuality in new letter to German bishops

Nov 24, 2023

By AC Wimmer

The letter also warned of potential disciplinary consequences for anyone defying Church teaching. Read more

Eli Cohen, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel, addresses the Globsec regional security forum in Bratislava, Slovakia on May 30, 2023. (

Israel’s foreign minister criticizes Vatican response to Hamas attack

Oct 16, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen spoke Oct. 15 with the Holy See’s foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, about the situation... Read more

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 (middle) and apostolic nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Hubertus van Megen (left), are received in the Diocese of Rumbek by Bishop Christian Carlassare (right) on Aug. 17, 2023.

‘Fear is driven out by perfect love,’ Vatican secretary of state tells South Sudanese

Aug 21, 2023

By Kerbino Kuel Deng

“Jesus Christ dispelled every lingering doubt and distress,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin said on the last day of his four-day visit... 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

Cardinal Pietro Parolin meets with South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Aug. 14, 2023, in Juba, South Sudan.

Vatican official urges South Sudanese to remain committed to peace and reconciliation

Aug 16, 2023

By Kerbino Kuel Deng

“Embrace the spirit of peace and reconciliation in order to build a harmonious society in the country,” said Cardinal Pietro... Read more

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin receives Cardinal Pietro Parolin upon the cardinal’s arrival in Juba, South Sudan, Aug. 14, 2023.

Vatican secretary of state to meet refugees from Sudan in four-day visit to South Sudan

Aug 15, 2023

By Kerbino Kuel Deng

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin arrived in South Sudan on Monday, Aug. 14, to meet people fleeing violence... Read more

A forest fire rages on the Greek island of Corfu on July 24, 2023.

Pope Francis telegrams Greece and Italy to express concerns about wildfires and storms

Jul 31, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Recent wildfires devastated large parts of Greece and left several people dead while storms in Italy damaged buildings and caused... Read more

A worshiper waves the flag of China as Pope Francis leaves following the weekly general audience on June 12, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican.

Pope Francis confirms Shanghai bishop appointed in violation of Vatican-China deal

Jul 15, 2023

By Courtney Mares, Matthew Santucci

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin announced on Saturday that Pope Francis wanted to “remedy the canonical irregularity created... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 24, 2023.

Vatican auditor to continue to function during sede vacante, Pope Francis rules 

May 24, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has established that the auditor general of the Holy See will continue to carry out its tasks during... Read more

Blessed Rosario Livatino.

Cardinal praises exemplary life of beatified Italian judge murdered by the Mafia

Jan 19, 2023

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Pietro Parolin made his remarks at a Jan. 18 conference in the Italian Senate on the continued relevance of... Read more

Pope Francis meets Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and her 6-year-old daughter on Jan. 10, 2023.

Pope Francis meets Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni

Jan 10, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The private meeting on Tuesday marked the third time in nine days the 45-year-old politician was at the Vatican. Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrating Mass for peace in Ukraine on Thursday in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, Nov. 17, 2022

‘We lift our prayers to God for peace in Ukraine’: Vatican Mass marks Ukraine-Holy See diplomatic relationship

Nov 18, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Mass marked the 30th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Ukraine. Read more