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

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

Jan 23, 2020

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

Jan 17, 2020

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  

Jan 15, 2020

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'

Jan 3, 2020

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

Dec 20, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Palestine and Israel border.

Vatican affirms need for two-state solution after U.S. shift on Israeli settlements

Nov 20, 2019

The Holy See on Wednesday reaffirmed its support of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, after recent shifts in... Read more

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia. Holy See Mission to the United Nations. Courtesy photo .

Pope Francis names Archbishop Gabriele Caccia ambassador to the United Nations

Nov 16, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Saturday named Archbishop Gabriele Caccia the next Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in... Read more

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

UN set to elect slave state to human rights council

Oct 16, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Mauritania, the west African nation where slavery remains a widespread practice, is expected to be voted on to the United... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 9, 2019.

Pope puts virtue and family at center of World Food Day message

Oct 16, 2019

Pope Francis voiced his concerns about the world’s approach to food, and called for a global attitude of virtue towards... Read more

Holy See to UN: More must be done to end violence against women

Oct 9, 2019

Violence against women remains a global concern for the Vatican, an official told members of the United Nations this week,... Read more

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Senate votes to fund UN population fund and confirm Scalia as Labor Secretary

Sep 26, 2019

By Matt Hadro

The Senate on Thursday passed a temporary extension of government funding ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline, but with an... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Holy See Secretary of State.

Cardinal Parolin warns against 'ideological colonization' at UN

Sep 26, 2019

The Holy See’s Secretary of State has cautioned world leaders against the “ideological colonization” of developing nations. Cardinal Pietro Parolin... Read more

The General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.

Holy See and Trump administration oppose abortion at UN General Assembly

Sep 24, 2019

President Donald Trump and Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin have challenged world leaders to protect unborn human life. Both... Read more

US President Donald Trump at General Assembly Hall, 2017.

Attacks on religious communities 'a wound on all humanity' Trump tells UN

Sep 23, 2019

By Matt Hadro

President Donald Trump joined world leaders to speak out against religious persecution at a Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom at... Read more

In first-ever event, UN commemorates religious victims of violence

Aug 22, 2019

The United Nations General Assembly has designated Aug. 22 as the first-ever International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of... Read more

US Secretary of State Michael Mike Pompeo addresses press at the UN, December 2018.

U.S. withholds funding from UN population fund for third year

Jul 17, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States will not contribute the expected $32.5 million to the agency.  Read more

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UN approves investigation into drug war in the Philippines

Jul 12, 2019

The UN Human Rights Council has approved a resolution to launch an investigation into the violent war on drugs taking... Read more

Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuelan bishops: Country's plight requires new president

Jun 25, 2019

Meeting June 21 with Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Venezuelan Bishops' Conference stressed that the... Read more

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Pro-life laws are ‘extremist hate,’ UN official says

Jun 4, 2019

Efforts to restrict abortion in the U.S. have drawn strong denunciations from a senior United Nations official, who called recent pro-life... Read more

Nigerian internally displaced persons in the Diocese of Maiduguri, September 2014.

UN to observe Day for Victims of Violence Based on Religion

Jun 4, 2019

The United Nations General Assembly last week adopted a resolution proclaiming Aug. 22 as the International Day Commemorating the Victims... Read more