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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

St. Peter's Basilica.

US embassy to the Holy See begins move to new location

Aug 11, 2015

By Elise Harris

This week the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has begun its move to a new building – which shares... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Wednesday general audience April 16, 2014.

Pope Francis to Cuba? It's not official, but possible, Vatican says

Apr 17, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Holy See Press Office confirmed today that Pope Francis is considering a possible stop in Cuba as part as... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Nov. 25, 2014.

Pope tells diplomats to work for peace amid a world rife with conflict

Jan 12, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis told Vatican diplomats that peace – which is a communal responsibility – is the only solution to global... Read more

U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, whom Pope Francis will meet May 9, is shown addressing the Human Rights Council, Sept. 10, 2012.

Pope's upcoming meeting with UN officials presents opportunity

May 6, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis will meet with United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon May 9, as well as with the Chief Executives Board... Read more

Persecuted and Forgotten infographic.

Obama urged to create religious envoy after papal meeting

Apr 2, 2014

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has called on President Barack Obama to follow up on his meeting with Pope Francis by... Read more

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on Syria at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on August 30, 2013 (State Department photo).

John Kerry, Vatican Secretary of State hold 'positive' meeting

Jan 14, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin met Jan. 14, focusing their discussions... Read more

U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Kenneth F. Hackett speaks with CNA on Oct. 25, 2013.

US ambassador to Vatican united with Pope in care for poor

Oct 25, 2013

By Elise Harris

The new United States ambassador to the Holy See revealed his shared concern with Pope Francis for those who are... Read more