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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

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

Pope urges UN leadership to resist 'culture of death'

May 9, 2014

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

May 2, 2014

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

Apr 9, 2014

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

Feb 13, 2014

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

Feb 11, 2014

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

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

United Nations' report on Vatican sparks backlash in US

Feb 6, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

U.S. Catholic leaders criticized a United Nations committee report for trying to impose secular moral views and failing to acknowledge... Read more

St. Peter's Square.

Vatican official slams 'negative approach' of UN report

Feb 5, 2014

By Elise Harris

In wake of the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child criticizing Vatican policies and calling for the Church... Read more

United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Thousands defend Holy See's UN status against attacks

Jan 21, 2014

Catholics have joined with members of other faiths to support the Holy See's permanent observer status at the United Nations,... Read more

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi at the Pontifical North American College on March 8, 2012.

Protecting children is Church priority, Vatican officials tell UN

Jan 16, 2014

Violence against children and child exploitation are “crimes” and Pope Francis is working to protect children from the “scourge” of... Read more

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, addresses the UN General Assembly.

Vatican diplomat renews call for nuclear disarmament

Oct 4, 2013

A top Vatican diplomat has reaffirmed the Holy See’s support for nuclear disarmament, warning that dedication to continued research into... Read more

United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Seminar at UN to push for pro-life, pro-family development efforts

Sep 18, 2013

A U.S. religious liberty group and a Mexican development organization are holding a seminar at the United Nations to advocate... Read more

Security Council members vote during a session on April 25, 2013.

Archbishop denounces sexual violence in war

Apr 25, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

The Holy See’s apostolic nuncio to the United Nations has called for more action to prevent “heinous acts” of sexual... Read more

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Human rights include religious freedom, commission says

Apr 23, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has asked Secretary of State John Kerry to focus on religious liberty as... Read more


UN harshly criticized for pushing abortion in Peru

Apr 2, 2013

Health and legal experts throughout Peru are denouncing a recent recommendation by the U.N. Human Rights Commission that the nation... Read more