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Pope Francis and Xi Jinping

Could Pope Francis meet Xi Jinping in Kazakhstan next week?

Sep 6, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit Kazakhstan on the same day Pope Francis will be in the Central... Read more

Pope Francis receives Ukraine's ambassador to the Holy See, Andrii Yurash, April 7, 2022

Ukraine’s Vatican ambassador rebukes Pope Francis for mention of Moscow car bomb victim

Aug 25, 2022

By Zelda Caldwell

Ukraine’s ambassador to the Holy See criticized Pope Francis on Wednesday for lamenting the car bombing that killed the daughter... Read more

Hand wearing gay pride rainbow wristband making a power fist gesture in front of the US Capitol building in Washington, DC  Credit: lazyllama/Shutterstock

US embassy to Vatican again flies Pride Flag as Biden administration backs 'LGBTQIA+' advocacy

Jun 1, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has again flown a Pride Flag, as President Joe Biden reiterated his commitment... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin in Salerno, Italy, on Oct. 13, 2019.

Cardinal Parolin discusses the future of Vatican diplomacy

Apr 19, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In the final part of an exclusive interview, the Vatican Secretary of State discusses threats to religious freedom. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Joe Donnelly, the new U.S. Ambassador to Holy See, at the Vatican, April 11, 2022.

Pope Francis receives new US ambassador to the Holy See

Apr 11, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘I look forward to deepening our ties with the Holy See,’ Joe Donnelly said in a video message. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on March 6, 2022.

How Pope Francis’ tone on the Ukraine war has shifted

Mar 8, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The pope’s words at the Angelus marked a subtle but important change. Read more

Joe Donnelly, official portrait, 2013.

Joe Donnelly confirmed as US ambassador to the Holy See

Jan 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

In a voice vote on Thursday the U.S. Senate confirmed Joe Donnelly as ambassador to the Holy See. The former... Read more

Pope Francis meets with diplomats accredited to the Holy See at the Vatican’s Hall of Blessings, Jan. 10, 2022.

Pope Francis laments ‘cancel culture’ in annual address to diplomats

Jan 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope was giving his annual “state of the world” address. Read more

Upton Sinclair Honoree Tim Gill and and partner Scott Miller (L) arrive for the Liberty Hill Upton Sinclair Awards Dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, May 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Victor Decolongon/Getty Images.

Biden ambassador pick a wealthy LGBT activist linked to 'hostile takeover' of religion

Aug 23, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

President Joe Biden’s pick for Ambassador to Switzerland is Scott Miller, whose Gill Foundation has poured millions of dollars into... Read more

Pope Francis addresses new ambassadors accredited to the Holy See in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 21, 2021.

Pope Francis calls for global prayer for peace in the Holy Land

May 21, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The pope was addressing ambassadors newly accredited to the Holy See. Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Nov. 8, 2017.

Pope Francis sends message of peace to the Korean peninsula

Apr 27, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis sent a video message Saturday to the leaders of South and North Korea expressing his hope for a... Read more

U.S. President Ronald Reagan talks with Pope St. John Paul II. Courtesy U.S. Embassy to the Holy See

Commentary: US celebrates 35 years of diplomatic relations with the Holy See

Apr 9, 2019

Thirty-five years ago today, William A. Wilson presented his credentials to Pope John Paul II, becoming America’s first ambassador to... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Christmas "Urbi et Orbi" blessing Dec. 25, 2018.

Pope’s Christmas Wish: Peace & brotherhood in world’s conflicts

Dec 25, 2018

By Courtney Mares

On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for peace and renewed brotherhood in Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and other parts of the... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz March 5, 2018.

Pope, Austrian Chancellor discuss migration, nuclear disarmament

Mar 5, 2018

By Elise Harris

On Monday, Pope Francis and Europe's youngest political leader met at the Vatican, where they discussed an array of issues... Read more

North Korean soldiers in Pyongyang, North Korea. Circa July 2013.

A theologian's take on how to avoid conflict with North Korea

Aug 10, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Dialogue and prudent actions to uphold international resolutions are key to maintaining peace amid rising tensions between North Korea and... Read more

Military ship.

Here's why the US bishops are distressed about military spending

May 23, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Leading U.S. bishops have expressed serious concerns with President Donald Trump’s reported budget proposals for the 2018 fiscal year, noting... Read more

Is a Vatican-China agreement close? What could happen.

Feb 15, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Hopes are on the rise for an agreement between the Vatican and China on the appointment of bishops, with Cardinal... Read more

Pope Francis speaks with the Diplomatic Corps Ac

Pope to ambassadors: make 'courageous' choice for nonviolence

Dec 15, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Thursday Pope Francis accepted the credentials of six new ambassadors to the Holy See, urging them to work toward... Read more

Flag of Vietnam.

Advancing relations core of meeting between Pope, Vietnam president

Nov 24, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis met Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the Vatican for a meeting largely focused on collaboration... Read more

Pope Francis speaks with the Diplomatic Corps Ac

Your job is to give voice to the suffering, Pope tells new ambassadors

May 19, 2016

By Elise Harris

As six new ambassadors to the Holy See presented Pope Francis with their credentials, the pontiff stressed that as representatives... Read more