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

Vatican to the world: Displaced immigrants deserve your attention

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pope Francis at his general audience on Sept. 25, 2013.

Pope urges UN leadership to resist 'culture of death'

Pope Francis met with the secretary general and other leaders of the United Nations today, urging them to challenge both... Read more

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

Holy See warns against ideological agenda in UN torture hearing

Ahead of a report to the U.N. on an anti-torture agreement next week, the Holy See has emphasized its commitment... Read more

Participants at the opening of the plenary meeting of the World Health Assembly on May 19, 2009.

Lawyers warn of global push for 'gender identity' language

Attorneys working for human rights at the United Nations and other global organizations note a growing trend to introduce “sexual... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

UN anti-Vatican report 'payback' for pro-life work, critic says

A recent United Nations report criticizing the Catholic Church on sex abuse and its moral teachings should be understood in... Read more

Cardinal Seán O'Malley at the Ecclesia in America Conference Dec 12, 2012.

Cardinal O'Malley: UN report showed ideological influence

A United Nations commission report on the Vatican’s response to abuse of children was not “fair or particularly helpful,” but... Read more