Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

(As prepared for delivery) Good afternoon.  I’d like to thank Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador Brownback for inviting me to speak on this important topic ahead of our panel. This discussion, examining the intersections between religious freedom and women’s rights, could not come at a more pressing time.
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Remarks by Callista L. Gingrich at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See 2018 Independence Day Celebration

Villa Richardson Rome, Italy July 3, 2018 Good evening. Let’s have a round of applause for our United States Marines and the Navy Maritime Winds Woodwind Quintet. I’d like to thank our many generous sponsors, whose support makes this evening possible. I’d also like to thank my team at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at Symposium on Religious Freedom

Good morning.  Your Eminence, Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends – thank you for being here today. I’d like to acknowledge Aid to the Church in Need and the Community of Sant’Egidio for helping make this symposium possible.  I am very proud of our embassy’s longstanding relationship with both of these incredible organizations. I’d also ...
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Ambassador Gingrich Hosts Symposium on International Religious Freedom

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See hosted a symposium on Monday, June 25 on “Defending International Religious Freedom: Partnership and Action” at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.  U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Callista L. Gingrich, delivered the opening remarks and closing remarks were given by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro ...
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Ambassador Gingrich Returns Letter by Christopher Columbus to the Vatican

Good morning.  I would like to thank His Excellency Archbishop Bruguès and Monsignor Pasini for hosting us today. I would also like to acknowledge Homeland Security Investigation’s Rome Attaché, Armando Astorga, Investigator, Mario Coppola, HSI Special Agent, Brian Jones, and Special Agent, Mark Olexa, for their impressive work on this investigation. Special thanks to our ...
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Ambassador Gingrich and Archbishop Shevchuk on Religious Freedom In Ukraine

Good morning.  Welcome to the United States Embassy to the Holy See – we’re delighted to have you here. I’d like to thank His Beatitude Major Archbishop Shevchuk for traveling to Rome to share his thoughts with us on religious freedom in Ukraine. I would also like to thank Their Excellencies Archbishop Tomasi and Archbishop ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Callista L. Gingrich at the “Life Across the Occupation Line in Georgia” Exhibition

"Thank you.  It is a pleasure to be with you as we open this important photo exhibition. Georgia and the United States have shared a special bond of friendship for more than a quarter century, based on common values and shared interests.  The United States, under the leadership of President Trump, steadfastly supports Georgia’s sovereignty ...
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Ambassador Gingrich: U.S. Embassy Works with Vatican to Promote Religious Liberty for All

By Callista L. Gingrich   Persecution, violence, and discrimination are daily realities for millions of believers in nearly every region of the world. Their human rights are limited or restricted entirely. Religious understanding and tolerance are bulwarks against the forces of extremism — they are the necessary foundations of peace and security around the world. ...
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Remarks by United States Ambassador to the Holy See Callista L. Gingrich at PAX Romana Grave Site Rededication Ceremony

May 8, 2018 Rome, Italy  As Delivered: Good morning.  I’d like to thank the Pax Romana Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for the opportunity to be with you today. I know that one of my predecessors, Ambassador Shakespeare, attended a similar ceremony in 1988 – the last time this grave site was ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Callista Gingrich at a Reception in Honor of the Cura Foundation

April 24, 2018 Rome, Italy Good evening and welcome to Villa Richardson. I’d like to thank the Cura Foundation and the Stem for Life Foundation, under the leadership of Dr. Robin Smith, for making this reception possible. I’d also like to acknowledge and welcome Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health.  ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Callista Gingrich at the Women Religious on the Frontlines Symposium

As Delivered: Thank you. Members of the clergy, sisters, members of the diplomatic community, and friends: Good morning.  I am pleased to welcome you as we recognize the extraordinary contributions of Women religious on the frontlines. I am especially grateful to Sister Patricia Murray and her dedicated staff at the UISG for co-hosting this symposium.  ...
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Remarks by United States Ambassador to the Holy See Callista L. Gingrich at the International Women of Courage Reception

As Delivered: Thank you, Ambassador Galt. Good afternoon.  I am privileged to be with you today as we honor these ten remarkable women. Through strength and determination, each honoree has demonstrated extraordinary courage to advocate for peace, justice, and human dignity. As the United States Ambassador to the Holy See, I am especially honored to ...
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Ambassador Gingrich: Ending Human Trafficking must be a Global Priority For us All

For over four years,  Karla Jacinto  estimates that she was raped over 40,000 times. Abandoned at 12, she fell prey to a pimp in Tenancingo, Mexico, who through brutality and coercion forced her into prostitution. At 15, Karla’s newborn daughter, conceived through rape, was taken from her as she continued to be threatened by her enslavers. Karla ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Callista L Gingrich on the passing of Rev. Billy Graham

February 21, 2018 “Reverend Billy Graham was a remarkable man, a renowned evangelist, and an extraordinary leader. Throughout his life Reverend Graham was committed to bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people of all ethnicities, creeds, and backgrounds. Graham’s worldwide crusades were attended by millions and broadcast on radio and television to hundreds of ...
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Secretary Tillerson Meets Ambassador Gingrich and other U.S. Ambassadors During Regional Chiefs of Mission Meeting in Paris

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson poses for a photo with thirteen U.S. Ambassadors and Chargé d’Affaires during a regional Chiefs of Mission meeting (L to R) Kent Logsdon, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., U.S. Embassy in Germany, Lewis M. Eisenberg, U.S. Ambassador to the Italian Republic, and the Republic of San Marino, Matthew Lussenhop, Chargé d’Affaires ...
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Ambassador Callista Gingrich presents her credentials to Pope Francis

On December 22, 2017, Callista L. Gingrich presented her credentials to Pope Francis and officially assumed the duties of United States Ambassador to the Holy See.  Ambassador Gingrich is the 11th U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See since formal relations were established in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan. In the presence of family and embassy ...
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U.S. Senate confirms Callista Gingrich as U.S. Ambassador-Designate to the Holy See

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, October 16, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed Callista L. Gingrich of McLean, Virginia as the new United States Ambassador-Designate to the Holy See.  Ambassador-Designate Gingrich is the former President and CEO of Gingrich Productions, a multimedia production and consulting company in Arlington, Virginia.  She is the author of the ...
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Ambassador Hackett’s Remarks at the Launch of Talitha Kum’s Countering Trafficking in Persons Campaign for the 2014 World Cup

The U.S. Embassy is proud to be here today to support Talitha Kum’s campaign to combat trafficking in persons during this year’s World Cup.  Combating this scourge is an important goal of both the United States and the Catholic Church.  Pope Francis has spoken out strongly against what he calls “a crime against humanity.”  And ...
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Ambassador Hackett on the Tragic Death of Dutch priest Rev. Frans van der Lugt in Syria

“I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Father van der Lugt’s killing in Homs. He was a man of service and was dedicated to calling for a peaceful solution to the violence in Syria, his adopted homeland. Van der Lugt, like many other Catholic priests and nuns around the world, was on the ...
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Remembering JFK

Fifty years ago today I learned of the shooting of President John F. Kennedy with the same stunned horror of so many others.  For us as high school students in Boston, he was “our” president – Catholic, “Bostonian,” Irish American.  His brief tenure as president gave us confidence, motivation, and a real sense of purpose ...
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In Good Company

One of the joys of this new assignment for me are the people I get to meet. Since my arrival, I’ve been able to reconnect with those I’ve met over the years in the religious, academic, and humanitarian world. And I’ve been able to begin laying the foundations of friendship with many new people who ...
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