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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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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Homily in Honor of the 35th Anniversary of U.S.-Holy See Relations

As published in l’Osservatore Romano, May 17, 2019 MASS FOR THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE HOLY SEE On Tuesday evening, 7 May, Cardinal James Harvey, Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls, celebrated Holy Mass to commemorate the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Holy See …

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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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Panelist Remarks at Embassy Symposium “Stand Together to Defend Religious Freedom”

At the Embassy’s April 3 symposium “Stand Together to Defend Religious Freedom” there were two panel discussions on “Media Strategies to Highlight Religious Persecution” and “Collaborative Approaches to Defending Religious Freedom.” PANEL ONE: The panel on “Media Strategies to Highlight Religious Persecution” at the Embassy’s April 3rd “Stand Together to Defend International Religious Freedom” symposium …

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Closing Remarks by Vatican Secretary of State at Embassy Symposium on International Religious Freedom

Rome, 3 April 2019 (as prepared for delivery) Excellencies, Dear Friends, I am pleased to have this occasion to offer some brief remarks at the conclusion of this International Religious Freedom Symposium, organized by the United States Embassy to the Holy See with the cooperation of other institutions.  A special word of thanks goes to …

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Sister Orla Treacy Receives International Woman of Courage Award

March 7, 2019 Now in its 13th year, the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk and sacrifice.  Since the inception of this award …

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Be an Intern at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See!

Do you want to live in Rome? Are you looking for an international internship? Spend Fall 2019 in Rome interning at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See (Vatican)!   If you are a U.S. Citizen, enrolled as a degree-seeking student in an accredited college or university, with strong writing and critical thinking skills, this is your …

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Pope Francis Offers Condolences at the Death of President George H.W. Bush

Pope Francis expressed his prayers and condolences upon the passing of former President George H.W. Bush.  Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin sent the following telegram December 5 on behalf of Pope Francis to the President of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo: His Eminence Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo Archbishop of Galveston-Houston …

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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’s Remarks at Tri-Mission’s 2018 Locally Employed Staff Thanksgiving

Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks U.S. Italy Tri-Mission’s 2018 Locally Employed Staff Thanksgiving Rome, Italy November 20, 2018 Good afternoon.  Thank you for joining us as we honor our locally employed staff this Thanksgiving season. I would like to extend a special thanks to our CLO for organizing this afternoon’s gathering. Thanksgiving is one of our family’s …

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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 Embassy is on Instagram!

Have you seen our new Instagram page ? The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See Instagram launched this month, adding to our current social media presence on Facebook and Twitter . Unlike the other two platforms, Instagram is photography-based. Therefore, we will be able to share photos from our events, announcements, and articles in a photo-friendly way. We’ve already got several photos up. Check us out at …

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Partnering with U.S. Embassies on Grants and Fundraising

Public Affairs Assistant Uta Sievers gave a presentation on funding opportunities through U.S. embassies as part of an annual week-long workshop organized by the SOFIA Salvatorian Office for International Aid to help religious congregations fundraise and write grant proposals. Through the workshop, the organization hopes to increase their participants’ chances of making their projects come to fruition. The event has been …

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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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Ambassador Hackett’s Farewell Message

Ambassador Ken Hackett completed his three and a half years as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and started his well-deserved retirement on January 19, 2017. In this three minute video, the Ambassador talks about working with the Holy See on human rights, human trafficking, peace building, poverty, concerns about minorities in the Middle East, …

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Catholic News Service: Highlights of Ambassador Hackett’s Time at the Vatican

Faith and diplomacy: Hackett reflects on role as U.S. envoy to Vatican By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service 12.15.2016 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Ken Hackett, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, is gearing up to try retirement for the second time. The retired president of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ overseas aid agency, …

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Partnering with U.S. Embassies on Grants

On September 13, Public Affairs Officer Tanya Salseth spoke at a training workshop run by SOFIA, the Salvatorian Office for International Aid, about grant opportunities offered by U.S. Embassies. In the audience were 60 members of religious congregations, and lay people working with them, who had traveled from all parts of the world to Rome for the week-long workshop. By highlighting the three key …

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International Journalists Get Primer on U.S.-Vatican Relations

On September 8, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See hosted over 30 journalists from around the world for a reception and conversation about the embassy’s unique bilateral relationship with the Vatican. Political Counselor Peter Martin spoke with 38 visitors from around the world who were in Rome for “The Church Up Close” , a bi-annual seminar for journalists, organized by …

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U.S. Embassy offers Peacebuilding Training for Women Religious

The Embassy of the United States of America to the Holy See organized and sponsored a conflict prevention training at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). The participants, women religious working in areas affected by conflict, focused on strategic planning, conflict analysis frameworks and problem solving in the search for peaceful resolutions to conflict. The highly interactive training on peacebuilding, …

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U.S. Embassy supports book by Dominican Sisters

The Embassy of the United States of America to the Holy See sponsored the launch of the book Preaching Justice  Volume II, a collection of writing that documents the contribution of Dominican Sisters to social ethics in the 20th century. Several of the book’s contributors wrote about how the Dominican Sisters have built peace across the world, resisting oppression and promoting healthcare while working …

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Embassy hosts conference on shared U.S., Vatican interests

Care for the environment and international religious freedom were at the forefront of an Embassy-sponsored conference on the shared policy interests of the United States and the Holy See this week. The conference, “On Care for Our Common Home: U.S. and Vatican Engagement on Global Issues,” brought together Embassy and Vatican officials as well as …

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Embassy Sponsors Congo Mining Documentary ‘Maisha’

Thursday, the Good Shepherd International Foundation screened its documentary  Maisha: A New Life Outside the Mines  in Rome. The film, which documented the cobalt and copper mining industries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See. The documentary tells the story of the mining community in Kolwezi and how the Good Shepherd sisters are helping …

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U.S. Envoys discuss Vatican document Nostra Aetate

50 years ago, the Second Vatican Council released the declaration Nostra Aetate, which noted the spiritual and intellectual contributions of the world’s major religions and particularly decried acts of antisemitism. In town for the anniversary, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ira Forman and Acting U.S. Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Arsalan Suleman …

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Remarks by His Excellency Archbishop Dominique Mamberti at the Celebration of 30 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Palazzo della Cancelleria Mr Ambassador, Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am happy to extend my sincerest thanks to you, Mr Ambassador, for the kind invitation to speak on the occasion of the commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States of America and the Holy …

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