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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

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Holy See Secretary of State.

In speech on North Korea, Cardinal Parolin calls for cooperation and friendship

Sep 2, 2021

By Courtney Mares

He highlighted St. John XXIII as a model for today’s Vatican diplomacy. Read more

Early morning in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Vatican urges countries to accept refugees from Afghanistan

Aug 25, 2021

By Courtney Mares

A Vatican diplomat challenged nations to “move from declaration to action.” Read more

The Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest.

Could Hungary find an unexpected ally in the Holy See?

Jul 10, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The country is under fire for a new law touching on homosexuality. Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican City Flag.

World Health Organization grants Holy See permanent observer status

Jun 1, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

As a permanent observer, the Holy See will be able to participate in debates at the World Health Organization. Read more

Pope Francis meets with the diplomats accredited to the Holy See at the Vatican's Hall of Blessing Feb. 8, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis tells diplomats 'right to life' is a foundational human right

Feb 8, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis told diplomats at the Vatican Monday that it is “painful” for him to see more countries move away... Read more

Archbishop Kondrusiewicz prays outside the Akrestsin Street pre-trial detention center in Minsk, Aug. 19, 2020. Credit: Catholic.by.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Archbishop Kondrusiewicz days after return to Belarus from exile

Jan 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Less than two weeks after Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk was allowed to return to Belarus after a four-month exile,... Read more

A bishop's pectoral cross.

Pope Francis appoints new archbishop for Taiwan’s capital

May 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis appointed Saturday Bishop Thomas An-Zu Chung as the next Metropolitan Archbishop of Taipei, Taiwan.  Read more

Old City Jerusalem.

Vatican expresses concern over potential West Bank annexation

May 20, 2020

By Courtney Mares

As Israel’s new government considers annexing parts of the West Bank, the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s chief negotiator appealed to the... Read more

Pope Francis May 15, 2019.

Pope Francis requires year of missionary work for future Vatican diplomat priests

Feb 17, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has requested that priests in formation for the Holy See’s diplomatic service be required to spend one year... Read more

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at a press conference on Jan. 22, 2020.

Taiwan president appeals to Pope Francis over China’s 'abuse of power'

Jan 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen has written to Pope Francis describing China’s aggression and persecution of religion as “obstacles to peace,”... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the diplomatic corps Jan. 8, 2018.

Pope Francis to diplomats: Polarization hurts the poor

Jan 9, 2020

By Courtney Mares

In his annual address to diplomats Thursday, Pope Francis stressed that solidarity is needed in 2020 to overcome polarization for... Read more

Msgr. Dario Edoardo Vigano.

Former Vatican communications chief Vigano named vice chancellor of Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Aug 31, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has named Msgr. Dario Edoardo Vigano, former head of Vatican communications, to a new position of vice chancellor... Read more

Archbishop Luigi Ventura, then-Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, speaks at a Mass and Concert held in Ottawa, April 2, 2009.

Holy See waives diplomatic immunity for accused nuncio to France

Jul 8, 2019

The Holy See has announced it has revoked the diplomatic immunity of the apostolic nuncio to France, Archbishop Luigi Ventura,... Read more

Vatican Secretary of State marks 25 years of diplomatic relations with Israel

Jun 14, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin marked the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Israel... Read more

Ocean, mountains, flowers.

Holy See dissatisfied Poland climate summit downplayed human rights

Dec 19, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a statement Wednesday, the Holy See said the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement, established during the recent UN... Read more