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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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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“Let us all be peace makers:” Sister Carol Speaks to Religious Organizations in Rome

While in Rome, Sister Carol Tahhan, recipient of the 2017 International Woman of Courage Award, had the opportunity to meet with Embassy officials, Vatican press, and attend a papal audience and meet Pope Francis. Additionally, she was present at several meetings with religious leaders and organizations including the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), and ...
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Sister Carol meets Pope Francis

On April 12, 2017, International Woman of Courage (IWOC) Award recipient, Sister Carol Tahhan of Syria attended a papal audience in St. Peter’s Square. Following the audience, Sister Carol and Salesian Sister Chiara Cazzuola, Vicar General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, had the chance to meet Pope Francis and ask for his blessing. In an interview with Italian television station, TV2000, Sister ...
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Webinar on U.S. Embassies’ Grants Programs

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See’s Public Affairs Officer, Tanya Salseth, addressed participants in the International Union of Superiors General’s   webinar, “Partnering with U.S. Embassies on Grants and Fundraising”, on March 29, 2017.  She discussed the various grant opportunities offered by U.S. Embassies around the world, and the ways religious can increase their chances of receiving these grants. During ...
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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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Making Democracy One’s Own: Muslim and Catholic Perspectives

On May 30 and 31, 2016, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Ken Hackett, and U.S. Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs, Shaun Casey, spoke at “Making Democracy One’s Own,” a conference that was co-hosted by the University of Notre Dame, John Cabot University, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Sophia University ...
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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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Ambassador hosts briefing on migration crisis

Ambassador Hackett, in conjunction with the International Union Superiors General (UISG), hosted an information-sharing event in support of women’s religious orders confronting the migration crisis in Sicily. Fellow ambassadors to the Holy See, media, members of religious orders and international migration organizations and staff from the three United States Embassies in Rome attended. After introductions ...
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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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30th Anniversary: DCM Victoria Alvarado’s remarks at the American University of Rome

Good afternoon.  I’m pleased to be here today to launch our Embassy’s photo exhibit for the 30th anniversary of U.S.-Holy See relations.  I would like to thank Executive Vice President of AUR, Dr. Andrew Thompson, for his partnership with us on this event, and for hosting our exhibit so the students can learn more about ...
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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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Ambassador Hackett’s Remarks at the Digital Video Conference on Human Trafficking

Good afternoon ambassadors, colleagues, and friends. It is my pleasure to join Bishop Sanchez Sorondo in welcoming you all here today to hear from Ambassador Luis CdeBaca about this year’s U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report.  Bishop Sanchez Sorondo is a champion of the effort at combating human trafficking.  Recently he has held ...
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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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DCM Mesquita Remarks 30th Anniversary Photo Exhibit Launch at John Cabot University, March 11, 2014

Good afternoon.  I’m pleased to be here today to launch our Embassy’s photo exhibit for the 30th anniversary of U.S.-Holy See relations.  I would like to thank President Pavoncello for his partnership with us on this event, and for hosting our exhibit so the students at John Cabot can learn more about the history of ...
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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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