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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

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for relations with states of the Holy See, addresses the UN General Assembly.

Vatican diplomat promotes moderation among Syrians

Sep 6, 2013

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Vatican City's secretary for relations with states, told a group of ambassadors that stakeholders in the Syrian... Read more

Pope Francis meets with cardinals in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace on March 15, 2013.

Choose bishops carefully, Pope advises diplomats

Jun 21, 2013

During a gathering organized for the Year of Faith, Pope Francis asked his ambassadors to be careful in helping to... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his annual 'state of the world' address to ambassadors at the Vatican's Regia Hall on Jan. 7, 2013.

Pope asks diplomats to seek peace, appeals for Syria

Jan 7, 2013

Pope Benedict gave a wide-ranging address to a group of ambassadors and diplomats that urged an end to the “slaughter”... Read more

Bishop Richard E. Pates, chairman of the bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, speaks at the June 2012 USCCB meeting.

US bishop calls for nuclear negotiations with Iran

Dec 20, 2012

The U.S. bishops’ leader on international peace issues said that dialogue is the path to a peaceful resolution of nuclear... Read more