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The Flag of the Holy See.

Pope Francis names new Permanent Observer to the UN in Geneva

Feb 14, 2016

By Elise Harris

Slovenia-born Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic will be the Holy See’s next Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva, a significant... Read more

Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.

There's no alternative: help Israel and Palestine seek peace, archbishop tells UN

Feb 2, 2016

Peace was the focus of the Holy See's representative in a recent speech to the United Nations, where he renewed... Read more

Tombstones at the war cemetery in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Why are more civilians dying in war? Nuncio says global community must act

Jan 22, 2016

The Holy See’s representative to the United Nations has said that the entire international community is implicated “in one way... Read more

Internally displaced children at the Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Camp in Dohuk, Iraq, March 2015.

Grim numbers from Iraq: thousands of civilians suffer death, displacement, slavery

Jan 19, 2016

A new United Nations report has tried to count the civilian toll of continuing conflict in Iraq, largely at the... Read more


Killer robots? They're a real issue – and here's what the Vatican has to say

Dec 2, 2015

No longer relegated to mere science-fiction, robots – built to kill people – play an increasing role in fighting terrorism... Read more

Holy See urges UN to ban nuclear weapons, work towards peace

Oct 21, 2015

Citing Pope Francis' recent words on avoiding war and promoting peaceful coexistence between nations, the Holy See addressed the United... Read more

Earth in space, Elements furnished by NASA.

What the Holy See told the UN about outer space

Oct 20, 2015

When the United Nations met on Monday to discuss the peaceful uses of outer space, the Holy See chimed in... Read more

Pope Francis addresses interreligious leaders in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jan. 13, 2015.

'Genuine religious faith' is a force against terrorist savagery, Holy See tells UN

Oct 18, 2015

The papal nuncio to the United Nations on Wednesday stressed the religious rejection of the “utter savagery” of terrorism and... Read more

Poverty, environment, economy – it's all about the human person, Holy See tells UN

Oct 11, 2015

Global efforts to fight poverty, protect the environment and make decisions about the economy must all be connected by the... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 25, 2015.

How the Pope used the environment to preach to the UN

Sep 25, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Pope Francis’ appeal to the United Nations General Assembly to care for both the environment and the human person was... Read more

Pope Francis' historic address to the U.N. in New York City on Sept. 25, 2015.

Leave ideology behind and care for the human person, Pope tells UN

Sep 25, 2015

By Elise Harris

On Friday Pope Francis told members of the United Nations that there is no room for “ideological colonization” in their... Read more

Pope Francis greets a United Nations peacekeeper from Argentina at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Aug. 5, 2015.

Previewing the Pope at the United Nations: a call to abandon no one

Sep 22, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In his much anticipated speech at the United Nations headquarters on Friday, Pope Francis will likely call on the countries... Read more

UN flag outside the United Nations headquarters in New York.

UN development goals for 'reproductive health' likely to increase abortions worldwide

Aug 17, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The United Nations’ global development goals for the next 15 years still contain language that is all but certain to... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the climate change and modern slavery meeting in Rome, Italy on June 21, 2015.

What Pope Francis might be planning to tell the UN in New York

Jul 22, 2015

By Elise Harris

At a meeting with U.S. mayors at the Vatican this week, Pope Francis hinted at themes he could discuss with... Read more

Vatican official says 'it's time to act' on protecting the environment

Jul 3, 2015

By Elise Harris

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has expressed his hope that Pope Francis’ recent environmental encyclical will have... Read more

UN flag outside the United Nations headquarters in New York.

New UN agenda could enable massive global expansion of abortion

Jun 9, 2015

By Matt Hadro

A massive, well-funded push to increase access to abortion worldwide could be underway at the United Nations, and according to... Read more

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Want women's equality? Don't downplay 'feminine genius,' Holy See tells UN

Mar 23, 2015

By Adelaide Mena

The recognition of women’s special and integral role in human progress cannot overlook the dignity of women as wives, mothers... Read more

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN in Geneva, speaking Aug. 25, 2014.

Use of force is a last resort against Islamic State – Vatican diplomat

Mar 17, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

By presenting a joint statement to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council to support Christians and other communities in the... Read more

Refugees who have fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa, in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

For Middle East Christians, UN indifference is deadly

Mar 5, 2015

Inaction on the part of the United Nations and international community toward the brutality of ISIS has drawn criticism from... Read more