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Palestine and Israel border.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Military position at the Kerem Shalom border crossing to the Gaza strip.

Ceasefire called in Gaza as Vatican UN ambassador sees ‘glimmer of hope’

Over the weekend, approximately 700 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip. While the majority of the rocket fire was... Read more

President Donald Trump.

Abortion language nixed from UN resolution after Trump admin threatens veto

Language referring to abortion was removed from a United Nations resolution on the care of sexual abuse survivors in wartime,... Read more

Pope Francis with Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See's Permanent Observer to the United Nations, at the Vatican Dec. 14, 2017.

Holy See tells UN a 'right to abortion' defies moral, legal standards

The Holy See’s representative to the United Nations told the UN Commission on Population and Development that insistence upon a... Read more

Pope Francis at the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome Feb. 14, 2019.

Pope Francis: 'Inequality is disastrous for the future of humanity'

Pope Francis spoke out about inequality, the environment, sustainable development and the elimination of poverty during his visit to the... Read more

Ocean, mountains, flowers.

Holy See dissatisfied Poland climate summit downplayed human rights

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