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United Nations Offices in Geneva, Switzerland, home of the UNHRC.

Addition of Cuba, China, Russia to UN Human Rights Council draws criticism

Oct 15, 2020

A human rights group in Cuba criticized the election of China, Cuba, and Russia to the UN Human Rights Council,... Read more

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. Courtesy photo.

Vatican to UN: cancel debts to help poor nations overcome pandemic

Oct 9, 2020

A Vatican representative called Wednesday for the cancelation of the debt of poor countries facing a “triple economic shock” as... Read more

Flag of the United Nations.

Investigate China for Uighur persecution, 39 nations tell UN

Oct 7, 2020

The United States joined 38 other countries Tuesday in signing a joint statement to the United Nations condemning Chinese human... Read more

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. Courtesy photo.

Vatican tells UN it is ‘deeply concerned’ by push to ‘reinterpret' foundations of human rights

Oct 7, 2020

A Vatican representative told the United Nations Tuesday that the Holy See was “deeply concerned” by moves “to reinterpret the... Read more

Francesca DiGiovanni, an undersecretary for multilateral affairs in the Vatican Secretariat of State. Screengrab from Holy See UN YouTube channel.

Vatican official tells UN: Women deserve better than abortion

Oct 2, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A female Vatican official told the United Nations Thursday that resources that could be invested in basic healthcare, nutrition, and... Read more

Pope Francis records a video message delivered to the United Nations Sept. 25, 2020. Screengrab: Holy See UN.

In UN message, Pope Francis decries abortion and family breakdown

Sep 25, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis told the United Nations Friday that denying the existence of human life in the womb through abortion does... Read more

Sam Brownback speaking at “Washington Briefing 2007: Values Voter Summit.”

US ambassador issues religious freedom warning at UN event

Sep 25, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. religious freedom ambassador has warned against governments using the pandemic to crack down on religious minorities, in remarks... Read more

President Donald Trump addressing the United Nations General Assembly in 2017.

Trump to UN: Protect the unborn and religious minorities

Sep 22, 2020

By Matt Hadro

President Trump told world leaders that the United States is committed to “protecting unborn children” in remarks to the United... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin addresses the United Nations in a video message Sept. 21, 2020. Screengrab: Holy See UN.

Cardinal Parolin urges UN to return to founding ideals

Sep 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican Secretary of State asked the United Nations Monday to return to its founding ideals to protect the common... Read more

The flag of Vatican City.

Vatican calls for 'peaceful and just resolution' of Belarus crisis

Sep 21, 2020

By Courtney Mares

After President Alexander Lukashenko announced that he was putting troops on high alert and closing Belarus’ borders, a Vatican diplomat... Read more

The United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Vatican laments inclusion of ‘reproductive rights’ in UN resolution on coronavirus

Sep 16, 2020

A Vatican representative has said that the inclusion of a reference to “reproductive rights” in a United Nations resolution on... Read more

United Nations Building and the flags in Geneva Switzerland.

In letter to UN, US 'categorically rejects' right to abortion

Aug 31, 2020

The United States sent a strongly-worded letter to several UN committees in early August rejecting any implication that there is... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his general audience via livestream on Aug. 12, 2020.

Pope Francis: Human dignity has serious political implications

Aug 12, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christian faith demands conversion from individualism and a commitment to defending the inherent dignity of... Read more

Children in South Sudan.

Report: 690 million people went hungry last year

Jul 15, 2020

Almost 690 million people around the world were undernourished last year, according to a new United Nations report, continuing what... Read more

United Nations Offices in Geneva, Switzerland, home of the UNHRC.

Vatican diplomat tells UN ‘gender identity’ category not necessary for refugee protection

Jul 9, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A Holy See diplomat raised concern at the United Nations in Geneva this week over the use of the term... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his Angelus address June 7, 2020.

Pope Francis commends UN Security Council for global ceasefire resolution

Jul 5, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis applauded the United Nations Security Council Sunday for its recent resolution calling for an immediate global ceasefire amid... Read more

 The Flag of the Holy See.

Vatican appeals for debt relief for developing countries at United Nations

Jul 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva is urging countries to help relieve the... Read more

United Nations headquarters in New York City.

UN and US trade criticism over abortion during coronavirus

May 30, 2020

United Nations Human Rights Council has criticized some U.S. states for using the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to... Read more

António Guterres, the U.N. Secretary-General since 2017.

UN chief says pandemic should inspire ‘new unity and solidarity’

May 26, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said Tuesday the world needs a response to the coronavirus pandemic based on the protection of... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus broadcast from the Apostolic Palace March 29, 2020.

'COVID-19 knows no borders': Pope Francis calls for global ceasefire

Mar 29, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The pope urged nations in conflict to respond to an appeal made by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres... Read more