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United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Paraguay archbishop to UN: stop pushing abortion, gay marriage

Feb 26, 2015

Archbishop Edmundo Valenzeula of Asuncion, Paraguay is demanding that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon – who is visiting the... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Nov. 25, 2014.

Francis likely to bring up poverty in his expected UN visit in New York

According to the Vatican's Observer to the United Nations, Pope Francis is likely to address the issue of poverty before... Read more

A young Syrian refugee at school in Ramtha, Jordan on Oct. 27, 2014.

Catastrophe ahead? UN halts Syrian refugee food program

Dec 3, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

With winter approaching, Congress must act to help Syrian refugees whose basic needs are threatened by the U.N. suspension of... Read more

 Pope Francis addresses the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at their headquarters in Rome on Nov. 20, 2014.

Few topics are more manipulated than hunger, Pope tells UN

Nov 20, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis on Thursday condemned the excessive consumption and misuse of food, saying that often the statistics surrounding the topic... Read more

Carina Nebula, NGC 3324.

Holy See to UN: Share the riches of outer space

Oct 22, 2014

The exploration of outer space can deepen our faith in God and our understanding of the world, and its benefits... Read more

An estimated 2.2 million people are said to be displaced within Congo.

Vatican to the world: Displaced immigrants deserve your attention

Oct 8, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Noting an alarming increase in forcibly-displaced migrants around the world, the Holy See has asked the United Nations to take... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, Dec. 2, 2013.

At UN, cardinal condemns terrorism's use of religion

Sep 26, 2014

Terrorism represents a “fundamental threat to our common humanity” and people of faith must condemn religion-based terrorism, Cardinal Pietro Parolin,... Read more

(L-R) Darlisha Dozier, Fr. Gerald Murray and Kathy DiFiore at the Christopher's Award Ceremony in Manhattan. Photo courtesy of Kathy DiFiore.

Crisis pregnancy center film praised at UN Women's Guild screening

Sep 18, 2014

By Mary Farrow

A film based on the true story of hope offered to a young woman in a crisis pregnancy received positive... Read more

(L-R) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Invocation for Peace in the Vatican Gardens June 8.

Global organization of religions proposed to counter terrorism

Sep 9, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In a recent meeting with Pope Francis, former Israeli president Shimon Peres suggested forming an “Organization of United Relations” to... Read more

Displaced Iraqis who have sought refuge from the Islamic State in the Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil.

Holy See calls for action in Iraq, and UN sends a mission

Sep 4, 2014

The Holy See on Monday urged the UN to provide humanitarian aid to Iraq during a special session of the... Read more

The Interfaith Women's group in Lahore held a candlelight prayer service for victims of violence in Iraq and Gaza.

Interfaith women's group begs UN to act in Middle East

Sep 1, 2014

An inter-religious women’s group in Pakistan has appealed to the United Nations to offer support and protection for those suffering... Read more

The United Nations flag flies outside UN Headquarters, September 20, 2011.

UN intervention against ISIS would fit Pope's call, scholar suggests

Aug 28, 2014

By Matt Hadro

The Pope’s support of international action against attacks by the Islamic State should be met with United Nations intervention, one... Read more

St. Peters Square.

Vatican upholds nature, importance of family in UN session

Jun 25, 2014

By Elise Harris

During the 26th Session of the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi affirmed that the family nourished by the... Read more

19th Special Session on Syria of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Chile to abandon consistent pro-life stance at UN

Jun 12, 2014

In a radical policy shift, the government of Chile will alter its human rights stance at the United Nations by... Read more

United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

UN deplores gruesome rape, murder of teenage girls in India

Jun 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has decried the rape and murder of two Indian teens, stating that the crime is... Read more

Felice Gaer speaks during a panel on January 21, 2013.

Critic: UN abortion controversy shows push to exclude Catholics

May 28, 2014

U.N. anti-torture committee member Felice Gaer’s statement to a Holy See delegation equating opposition to abortion and torture is part... Read more

The United Nations flag flies outside UN Headquarters, September 20, 2011.

UN report shows reform efforts in Church, observers say

May 23, 2014

A U.N. anti-torture committee’s report on the Holy See recognized Church efforts to combat sex abuse, but some problems in... Read more

United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Holy See did not violate torture convention, UN committee says

May 23, 2014

A U.N. anti-torture committee report has said that the Holy See did not violate the international Convention Against Torture.  Read more

 United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Family cannot be done away with, archbishop tells UN

May 18, 2014

The family has a “unique character” that makes it a “patrimony for all humanity,” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the head of... Read more

The United Nations flag flies outside UN Headquarters, September 20, 2011.

Critics warn of bias in UN anti-torture committee member

May 17, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

A U.N. committee member who insinuated that the Catholic position against abortion violates an anti-torture agreement signed by the Holy... Read more