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What does the Church really teach about nuclear war?

A Vatican conference discussing “A World Free From Nuclear Weapons,” held Nov. 10-11, is the latest step in a long-term... 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

Internally displaced children at the Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Camp in Dohuk, Iraq, March 2015.

Grim numbers from Iraq: thousands of civilians suffer death, displacement, slavery

Jan 19, 2016

A new United Nations report has tried to count the civilian toll of continuing conflict in Iraq, largely at the... Read more

Vatican official says 'it's time to act' on protecting the environment

Jul 3, 2015

By Elise Harris

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has expressed his hope that Pope Francis’ recent environmental encyclical will have... Read more

Persons displaced by the Islamic State who have sought refuge in Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq.

Pope Francis urges United Nations to intervene in Iraq

Aug 13, 2014

Pope Francis called the United Nations to act to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway in Iraq in a letter... Read more

President Mahmoud Abbas (front center) of the Palestinian Authority celebrates recognition with his delegation in the General Assembly Hall on Nov. 29, 2012.

Holy See welcomes UN recognition of Palestine

Nov 30, 2012

The Vatican "welcomed with favor" the U.N.'s vote to allow Palestine to become a non-member Observer State, and pressed for... Read more

The General Assembly Hall at the opening of the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Feb. 27, 2012.

Holy See calls attention to plight of rural women

Mar 7, 2012

In a March 6 address, the Vatican’s delegation to the United Nations highlighted the important role of women in society... Read more