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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

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

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US ambassador issues religious freedom warning at UN event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

The UN Security Council meeting in New York City, 2018.

Pope Francis wants 'holistic approach' to Middle East, UN Security Council told

Pope Francis is concerned about the worsening situation in the Middle East, and is urging a continued commitment to dialogue... Read more

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.

'No international right to abortion' says HHS Secretary

There is no international right to abortion, the U.S. health secretary told officials from more than 30 countries on Thursday... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope appoints first woman to managerial position in Secretariat of State  

Pope Francis has named Dr. Francesca Di Giovanni as undersecretary for multilateral affairs in the Vatican Secretariat of State, marking... Read more

Syrian refugee child.

Report: Over past decade, 170,000 children had rights 'gravely violated'

The past decade saw troubling levels of violence against children, with some 45 children seeing their rights “gravely violated” each... Read more

Pope Francis and UN Secretary General António Guterres in the Vatican Apostolic Palace Dec. 20, 2019.

Pope Francis and UN Secretary General record video urging religious freedom, climate protection

Pope Francis and the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres recorded a video message together at the Vatican Friday in... Read more