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The United Nations headquarters in New York.

Holy See affirms enduring importance of UN human rights declaration

Seven decades after its proclamation, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is still being hailed as “a great triumph achieved... Read more

In wealthy San Francisco, treatment of homeless draws UN condemnation

As San Francisco prepares to consider a ballot measure to boost taxes for services to aid the homeless, a U.N.... Read more

Syrian refugees on the Syria/Turkey border.

Holy See hopes UN migration agreement will defend human dignity

The Vatican’s representative at the United Nations expressed hope that a new UN agreement on best practices for international migration... Read more

UN Human Rights Office condemns US border separation of families

Maria had been a victim of sex trafficking and abuse by a local gang when she fled Guatemala. Taking her... Read more

Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.

UN contraception campaign 'undermines' Rohingya refugees

A United Nations-led campaign to provide contraception to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh camps fails to show respect for the views... Read more

At UN meeting, Holy See calls for 'human-centered approach to migration'

The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations encouraged global leaders to take a “human-centered approach to... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, June 1, 2016.

Pope Francis urges world leaders to respect UN position on Jerusalem

With debate on the status of Jerusalem heating up in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial decision to... Read more

Vatican to UN: We must work together to eliminate causes of human trafficking

The international community must join forces to eliminate human trafficking and its root causes, the Vatican’s representative to the United... Read more

12-year-old twins stand near garbage outside a building in the old city of Homs, Syria.

Don't ignore children suffering war and separation, Holy See tells UN

Armed conflicts brings out “the most vicious forms of violence against children” and the world must act to aid the... Read more

Syrian refugee.

UN resolution to investigate ISIS crimes praised as step toward recognizing genocide

As the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution on Thursday to help investigate ISIS crimes in Iraq, one human rights... Read more

Nuclear explosion.

Vatican at UN: Nukes won't save us – let's seek a better path

Nuclear weapons are a force for instability and any claims they promote peace are chasing illusions, the Holy See's Secretary... Read more

Want peace? Teach kids how to dialogue, archbishop says

Peace is something that must begin in childhood, the Holy See's representative told the United Nations, stressing the need for... Read more

Migration and sustainable development – what's the link?

Why do people migrate in the first place? And what if there was a way we could address the international... Read more

Why religious leaders might be best at fighting extremism

Religious leaders, not secularists, are often in the best position to persuade violent religious extremists towards peace, the papal nuncio... Read more

Our Lady of Fatima.

Our Lady of Fatima is coming to the United Nations

One day before the May 13 celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, a statue of Our Lady... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple in St. Peter's Basilica, Feb. 2, 2015.

Pope Francis: Eliminating nuclear weapons is a moral imperative

On Tuesday, Pope Francis acknowledged the difficulty of totally eliminating nuclear weapons, but said the challenge is still a necessary... Read more

Death penalty.

The death penalty doesn't solve problems, archbishop tells UN

The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations reiterated the Vatican’s defense of all human life in... Read more

A young refugee rests after having fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

One Congressman's plea to the US: Don't abandon Iraq's Christians

Christian survivors of the ISIS genocide have serious humanitarian needs, but their faith remains strong, one congressman said after his... Read more

It'll be tough, but this group says world hunger can end by 2030

Some of the greatest challenges to ending hunger worldwide are “fragile states” threatened by instability, conflict, and climate change, a... Read more

A Christian refugee family of eight living in a construction site in Erbil, Iraq. Courtesy of International Christian Concern.

What will ensure the survival of Middle East Christians?

Christianity is at a crossroads in the Middle East, and only a dedicated campaign of aid and activism can help... Read more