U.S. Congressional Delegation Meets Holy See Foreign Minister

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See welcomed a congressional delegation July 31-August 1 from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, led by Chairman Frank Pallone and Ranking Member Greg Walden. The delegation included Father Patrick J. Conroy, Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Ambassador Gingrich was pleased to join the delegation at …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks to a Congressional Delegation Led by the Honorable Frank Pallone

Rome, Italy July 31, 2019 As Delivered: Good Evening! Chairman Pallone, Ranking Member Walden, Father Conroy, distinguished members, and friends, Newt and I are honored to welcome you to Villa Richardson. Your visit to the Vatican could not come at a more appropriate time.  Today, America’s diplomatic relationship with the Holy See is as strong …

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Remarks by Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Paul Gallagher at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

July 18, 2019 U.S. Department of State Washington, D.C. As Prepared  Excellencies, dear friends, The Holy See is grateful for the invitation to take part in this second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom and I appreciate this opportunity to offer some brief remarks on the enjoyment of this most fundamental and essential human right, …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at a 35th Anniversary Exhibit and Reception

Remarks by Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich at an Exhibition and Reception in Honor of the 35th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the United States and the Holy See July 17, 2019 U.S. Diplomacy Center Washington D.C. As Delivered: Your Eminence, your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends. It is my honor to welcome you to this …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the 2019 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the 2019 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom July 17, 2019 U.S. Department of State Washington D.C. As Delivered: Good morning. On behalf of Secretary Pompeo, I’m delighted to welcome you to the Department of State for the second day of the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. It’s an honor to …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at a Screening of “The Divine Plan: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Dramatic End of the Cold War.”

The White House Washington D.C June 21, 2019  Good evening.  I’d like to thank Joseph Grogan for the opportunity to be with you. I’d also like to thank and congratulate Robert Orlando for creating this wonderful documentary film! As a Polish American, a lifelong Catholic, a filmmaker, and the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, …

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Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on 2019 Trafficking in Persons Hero Sister Gabriella Bottani

Statement by Ambassador Callista Gingrich on 2019 Trafficking in Persons Hero Sister Gabriella Bottani On behalf of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, I congratulate Sister Gabriella Bottani upon being honored as a 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Hero. Each year the U.S. Department of State produces the TIP Report, assessing the efforts …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich in Honor of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

June 4, 2019 Rome, Italy   Good evening and welcome to Villa Richardson! Thank you for joining us as we honor the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. I would like to thank the ACCU and the Lay Centre for co-hosting tonight’s reception.  I’d also like to thank Michael Galligan-Stierle and Donna Orsuto for making …

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Op Ed: Nine Days that Sparked the U.S.-Holy See Partnership and Changed the World

Nine Days that Sparked the U.S.-Holy See Partnership and Changed the World (published in the National Catholic Register on June 7, 2019) By Callista L. Gingrich, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Forty years ago this week, Saint John Paul II returned to his native Poland as the newly elected Bishop of Rome.  It was the first time …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks to the National Association of Women Judges

Remarks by Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich at a Reception in honor of the National Association of Women Judges June 4, 2019 Rome, Italy As Delivered: Good evening and welcome to Villa Richardson! Thank you for joining us as we honor the National Association of Women Judges. I would like to thank Judge Ipema for co-hosting …

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Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on Pope Francis’s Visit to Romania

STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR CALLISTA L. GINGRICH ON POPE FRANCIS’S VISIT TO ROMANIA June 3, 2019 On behalf of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, I congratulate His Holiness Pope Francis upon the conclusion of his May 31-June 2 apostolic pilgrimage to Romania, marking the 30th international visit of his pontificate. Pope Francis’s visit to …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at a Reception in Honor of the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at a Reception in Honor of the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Rome, Italy May 10, 2019 Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends – good morning and welcome to Villa Richardson! Today we’re gathered to honor the Choir of the Basilica of …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at a 35th Anniversary Choir Concert

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at a 35th Anniversary Choir Concert Rome, Italy May 8, 2019 Your Eminence, Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends – good evening and welcome! I’d like to thank Father Serra, the Rector of the Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva for the opportunity to be here this evening. I’d also like …

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Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on the 2019 Plenary Assembly of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG)

May 6, 2019 Statement by Ambassador Callista Gingrich on the 2019 Plenary Assembly of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) On behalf of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, I offer my sincere congratulations to the International Union of Superiors General as they begin their 21st Plenary Assembly this week in Rome. From …

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Joint Release of the Co-chairs of the US Delegation to the March of the Living

On May 2 in Krakow, Poland, eight U.S. government officials will come together to lead, for the first time ever, an official delegation to the annual March of the Living at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps.  The three co-chairs of this delegation are U.S. Ambassadors to Poland, Georgette Mosbacher; to Israel David Friedman; and to Germany …

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Op-Ed: Celebrating 35 Years of Diplomatic Relations with the Holy See

Published in the Catholic News Agency on April 9, 2019 Thirty-five years ago today, William A. Wilson presented his credentials to Pope John Paul II, becoming America’s first ambassador to the Holy See. This historic moment marked the start of formal diplomatic relations between the United States and the Vatican. Although our embassy was officially established in 1984, …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the Symposium, “Stand Together to Defend International Religious Freedom”

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the “Stand Together to Defend International Religious Freedom” Symposium Rome, Italy April 3, 2019 As Delivered: Good morning.  Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends – welcome to the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See! I’m delighted to see so many of you here today, who are committed to advancing and …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at a Reception in Honor of the Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Society

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich to the Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Society Rome, Italy April 2, 2019 As Delivered: Good evening and welcome to Villa Richardson. Tonight we’re gathered to honor the Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Society. Newt and I are so pleased to have you here, and to pay tribute to the memory of Monsignor …

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US envoy to Vatican says China must be ‘called out’ on religious freedom

(published on cruxnow.com on April 2, 2019) US envoy to Vatican says China must be ‘called out’ on religious freedom ROME – Perhaps illustrating part of the logic for a new “ministerial” on religious freedom, meaning a gathering of government representatives at the minister’s level to be hosted by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo …

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Ambassador Gingrich Visits Vatican Observatory

Ambassador Gingrich visited the Vatican Observatory on March 25 and met with Observatory Director, Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., and Vice-Director Fr. Paul Mueller, S.J.  The Vatican Observatory is one of the oldest astronomical institutes in the world.  The first one was built inside Vatican City in 1587 and then moved to its current location in …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at a Reception in Honor of the Vatican Press Corps

Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich’s Remarks at a Reception in Honor of the Vatican Press Corps Villa Richardson Wednesday, March 20, 2019 As Delivered:  Good evening and welcome to Villa Richardson! Tonight we’re gathered to honor our friends in the Vatican Press Corps. I’ve been fortunate to get to know many of you since arriving in …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the Symposium “From Awe to Wisdom: Ethics in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”

Remarks by Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich at the Symposium “From Awe to Wisdom: Ethics in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” U.S. Embassy to the Holy See Rome, Italy March 20, 2019 As Delivered: Good morning and welcome to the United States Embassy to the Holy See! This is the first time our embassy has hosted …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Letter to Pope Francis on the Sixth Anniversary of His Election

Your Holiness, It is my honor and privilege to congratulate you upon the sixth anniversary of your election to the papacy. The enduring bond between the United States and the Holy See is strengthened by your message of compassion and faith, which is a source of inspiration for millions of Americans. This year marks the …

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In War-Torn South Sudan, an Irish Nun and International Woman of Courage Honoree is a Beacon of Light

Published in the National Catholic Reporter on March 8, 2019 In 2017, famine swept through South Sudan, including the town of Rumbek. More than 40 percent of the population faced malnutrition – including one million children. Sister Orla Treacy, a Catholic nun from Ireland and the head of the Loreto Schools in Rumbek, knew she …

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Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on Meeting with Survivors of Clerical Sexual Abuse in the United States

Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on Meeting with Survivors of Clerical Sexual Abuse in the United States February 22, 2019 Today I had the opportunity to meet with survivors of clerical sexual abuse in the United States and hear their personal stories.  The United States unequivocally condemns the abuse and exploitation of children wherever it occurs …

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Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on Meeting with Venezuelan National Assembly Delegation

Today I had the honor to welcome Francisco Sucre, President of the Permanent Commission of Foreign Policy, Sovereignty, and Integration of the National Assembly of Venezuela, to the United States Embassy to the Holy See. I reaffirmed America’s ironclad support for interim President Juan Guaidó, the democratically elected National Assembly, and the people of Venezuela …

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Pope Francis’s Historic Visit to the Arabian Peninsula

By Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich It’s incredible what can happen in just 40 hours. Pope Francis arrived in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates on the evening of Sunday, February 3, as the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula. He departed on Tuesday, February 5, shortly after celebrating a historic Catholic Mass …

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Pope Francis’s 2019 Address to Diplomatic Community

Ambassador Callista Gingrich was honored to attend Pope Francis’s annual New Year address to diplomats on January 7, 2019. Pope Francis stressed the importance of multilateral diplomacy, urged all countries to strengthen international institutions, and highlighted the Holy See’s policy priorities around the world.  Read the Pope’s speech in full below. _______________________ ADDRESS OF HIS …

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Ambassador Gingrich and U.S. Marines Deliver Toys to Vatican Pediatric Hospital

In 1947 the United States Marine Corps started the time-honored “Toys for Tots” program, collecting and delivering toys to less fortunate children over the holiday season. In keeping with this tradition, Ambassador Callista Gingrich joined members of the Tri-Mission Italy U.S. Marine Detachment and the United Service Organizations (USO) to deliver toys to children at the …

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President Trump signs bill to help religious minorities in Iraq, Syria

On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, the President signed into law: H.R. 390, the “Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018,” which authorizes assistance to entities engaged in aiding individuals and communities in Iraq or Syria who are being, or are likely to be, targeted for genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes. …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s statement on the passing of President George H.W. Bush

Newt and I join a grateful nation in mourning the loss of a true American patriot and statesman, President George H.W. Bush.  President Bush led a lifetime of unwavering service and devotion to faith, family, and country.  He inspired generations of Americans to view public service as a noble calling, and the United States as …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at Tri-Mission Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at the Tri-Mission Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Rome, Italy November 30, 2018 Good afternoon.  Welcome to our Christmas tree lighting ceremony!  It’s a pleasure to be here with Ambassador Eisenberg, Chargé Duffy, and our Tri-Mission Community. I’d like to thank our CLO for organizing today’s ceremony, and our GSO for decorating this beautiful tree! As …

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Ambassador Gingrich: Religious Freedom Strengthens Women’s Rights

Italian news outlet Servizio Informazione Religiosa (SIR) highlighted Ambassador Gingrich’s remarks at the “Women, Faith and Culture” seminar in Rome November 14, hosted by the International Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Education.  Ambassador Gingrich discussed the United States’ commitment to religious freedom, and how it influences U.S. foreign policy and strengthens women’s rights. Reflecting on …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at Tri-Mission’s 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at Tri-Mission’s 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference Rome, Italy November 14, 2018 Good afternoon. I’d like to thank Kelly Degnan, Jillian Itharat, and Cassandra Hamblin for organizing this conference and for the opportunity to be with you. I would also like to thank Ambassador Eisenberg for his thoughtful remarks and participation today. …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the “Women, Faith, and Culture” Seminar

  Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the “Women, Faith, and Culture” Seminar Rome, Italy November 14, 2018 Good morning.  I’d like to thank the International Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Education for the opportunity to be with you. I’d also like to thank Foreign Minister Milanesi for his thoughtful remarks, and the Italian Ministry of …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at the UN Meeting “Practical Solutions to Eradicate Human Trafficking”

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the Working Meeting “Practical Solutions to Eradicate Human Trafficking” United Nations Headquarters New York, NY November 9, 2018 (as prepared for delivery) Good morning.  I’d like to thank Ambassador Michel Veuthey and the Sovereign Order of Malta for the opportunity to be with you today. I would also like to thank …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks to Participants of the Vatican Water Conference

Rome, Italy November 7, 2018 Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends – welcome to Villa Richardson! I’d like to thank our Vatican partners for being here this evening, and for organizing tomorrow’s important conference on clean water. I’d also like to acknowledge our diplomatic colleagues from France, Italy, Monaco, and Peru for helping make this …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the 243rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the 243rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball November 3, 2018 Rome, Italy Thank you, Gunnery Sergeant Hancock. Ambassador Eisenberg, Chargé Duffy, distinguished guests, and Marines – good evening!  Thank you for the opportunity to be with you as we celebrate the 243rd birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Few American …

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The Power of Heroes in the Fight against Human Trafficking

Human trafficking, also known as modern slavery, is a global crime that deprives millions around the world of their human dignity and freedom. Its victims are often lured with false promises by people they trust – including family members – and are forced into prostitution, debt bondage, domestic servitude, and  other forms of modern slavery. Human trafficking also compromises national …

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Remarks by Callista Gingrich, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See International Meeting Bridges of Peace Organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio

Remarks by Callista L. Gingrich, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See International Meeting “Bridges of Peace” Organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio Bologna, Italy October 16, 2018 Good morning. I’d like to thank Andrea Riccardi, Marco Impagliazzo, and the Community of Sant’Egidio for the opportunity to be with you today. For fifty years, Sant’Egidio has …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at a Reception Honoring the Synod of Bishops

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Callista L. Gingrich at a Reception Honoring the U.S. Delegation to the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops Rome, Italy October 11, 2018 Your Eminences, your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends – welcome to Villa Richardson! Tonight we’re gathered to honor the U.S. delegation …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the September 11 Tri-Mission Commemoration Ceremony

Rome, Italy September 11, 2018 Good afternoon. Ambassador Eisenberg, Chargé Duffy, colleagues, and friends, it’s an honor to join you on this solemn occasion. Today we come together to honor the memory of nearly 3,000 innocent people murdered by terrorists seventeen years ago. Seventeen years may seem like a long time, but for countless American …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the International Catholic Legislators Network (ICLN) Freedom Summit

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the International Catholic Legislators Network (ICLN) Freedom Summit Frascati, Italy August 24, 2018   Good afternoon.  It’s an honor to be here. I’d like to thank His Eminence Cardinal Schönborn and Dr. Christiaan Alting von Geusau for the opportunity to be with you today. In 2010, Newt and I attended …

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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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