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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Embassy hosts Vatican Observer to UN’s Book Launch

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See hosted an event celebrating the release of His Excellency Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi’s new book, The Vatican in the Family of Nations, and his 13 years’ tenure as the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. The book is based on a collection of statements ...
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Embassy supports Harambe on mission for “a better Africa”

The Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance attended a concluding reception hosted by Chargé d’Affairs Lou Bono for their fourth biannual forum in Rome with embassy interns, Pol/Econ and Public Affairs officers. The alliance is a network of highly educated young Africans pursuing entrepreneurship focused on the African continent. Inspired by then Senator Barack Obama in 2007, Okendo Lewis-Gayle, who works for ...
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Supporting the “Laudato Si’ Challenge” for Sustainable Startups

Embassy Officers and Chargé d’Affairs Lou Bono attended the Laudato Si’ Challenge “demo day” with Cardinal Turkson on Thursday, September 7th. The challenge is driven by the message of Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical on care for the environment that regardless of religion, ethnicity, or social status, the world is our “common home” and as such we all share ...
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Embassy Hosts Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Prominent Religious Freedom Advocate

Chargé d’Affaires Louis Bono hosted a breakfast in honor of Rabbi Arthur Schneier, a Holocaust survivor and founder of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation on July 5th. In attendance were ambassadors from several countries to the Holy See and prominent leaders of local Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities. Chargé Bono introduced the Rabbi with remarks on the importance of ...
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2017 Fourth of July Celebration

On June 27th, Chargé d’Affaires, Louis Bono and his wife, Jennie, hosted the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See’s annual Independence Day Celebration. The guests of honor were His Excellency Charles C. Thompson, Archbishop of Indianapolis, His Excellency Paul D. Etienne, Archbishop of Anchorage, and His Eminence Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Cardinal Archbishop of Newark, who all ...
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Faith communities and diplomats gather around the dinner table for Iftar

On June 19th, the Chargé d’Affaires for the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See hosted the Embassy’s first interfaith Iftar meal. “Iftar” is the prayer time with which Muslims break their sunrise to sunset fast each day during the month of Ramadan.  It often includes first eating dates, as the prophet Mohammed is believed to have ...
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Ivanka Trump Discusses Trafficking in Persons with Vatican Officials

On May 24, Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump met with Pope Francis, alongside President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner.  This private audience followed a half-hour conversation between President Trump and Pope Francis, where the two leaders discussed topics including religious freedom and the promotion of peace.  Ms. Trump ...
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President Trump Visits Vatican and Meets with Pope Francis

On May 24, President Trump visited the Vatican and had a half-hour private audience with Pope Francis.  A White House press release reports that the two leaders discussed how the United States and the Holy See can cooperate to combat terrorism, as well as how “religious communities can combat human suffering in crisis regions,” particularly ...
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Women Religious as Peacebuilders

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See hosted its second Women Religious and Peacebuilding event on March 17, 2017, in celebration of Women’s History Month. Men and women from religious and lay organizations participated in the event, including featured speakers Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love of The Catholic University of America, and Ms. Patrizia Morgante of the International Union of ...
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Senator Bob Corker Promotes End to Human Trafficking

Chargé d’Affaires Louis Bono was delighted to welcome Senator Bob Corker to the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See on February 23, 2017. While in Rome, Senator Corker promoted a bipartisan pledge to end human trafficking and slavery. This pledge, a part of the “End it” campaign , was taken by a number of U.S. officials, including President ...
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Senator Tim Kaine Meets Vatican Officials

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See was delighted to welcome Senator Tim Kaine to Rome and Vatican City. While in the Eternal City, Senator Kaine had the opportunity to meet with Pope Francis, and talk about the global migration and refugee crisis. Senator Kaine also discussed this topic with officials from ...
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Anti-Defamation League Shares Objectives with Embassy and Holy See

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See welcomed members of the Anti-Defamation League for a conversation on civil rights and interfaith dialogue. Following a morning at the Papal audience, the group visited the Embassy to meet with Chargé d’Affaires, Louis Bono.  Chargé Bono addressed the shared drive of the ADL and the Embassy to advocate for religious ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Remarks Sant’Egidio 9/11 Prayer Service Santa Maria in Trastevere Church

Good evening Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, Ambassadors to the Holy See, friends, and guests. It is an honor to participate in this prayer service tonight.  As you know, today is the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania.    9/11 is a day that shook our country to its core, and ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Remarks Reception for the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross “Church Up Close” Seminar Participants

Good evening friends and guests. We are pleased and honored to be a part of the kick-off day of “The Church Up Close” seminar organized by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.  We warmly welcome you to Villa Richardson, the home of the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. I understand the seminar is ...
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