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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

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

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

May 6, 2019

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

Apr 24, 2019

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

Apr 8, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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'

Feb 15, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Dec 19, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

The United Nations headquarters in New York.

Holy See affirms enduring importance of UN human rights declaration

Dec 10, 2018

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

Nov 6, 2018

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

Jul 16, 2018

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

Jun 7, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

Jun 4, 2018

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'

Apr 12, 2018

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

Dec 6, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Nov 25, 2017

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

Oct 11, 2017

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

Sep 24, 2017

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