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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Secretary of State Kerry Meets Pope Francis

December 2, 2016 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on travel to Vatican City. He met with His Holiness Pope Francis this morning in the Apostolic Palace. Click through our gallery to see more photos of the Secretary’s visit with the Pope. Secretary Kerry will also meet with Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal ...
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2016 Trafficking in Persons report released

This week, the U.S. State Department released the 2016 Trafficking in Persons report. The report details the challenges and strategies of combating human trafficking, as well as how well specific countries work to prevent trafficking and modern slavery. “If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report , it is the conviction that there is ...
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2015 Human Rights Report notes decline in freedoms

Today, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor released the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015 . The human rights report detailed a decline in “fundamental freedoms” and a weakening of democratic institutions in many countries. Secretary of State John Kerry’s preface to the report can be seen below. The 2015 edition of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices points to a global ...
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Pope Francis visits the United States

From September 22-27, 2015, Pope Francis made his first visit to the United States, drawing crowds of thousands and visiting with national leaders and ordinary people alike. The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See and Ambassador Ken Hackett facilitated many of the Pope’s activities during the trip, including delivering Speaker of the House John Boener’s ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at Sant’Egidio’s Conference on Christians in the Middle East

Honorable and esteemed friends, while I cannot be present with you in person, I want to extend my warmest greetings and commend all of you — Sant’Egidio as the organizer and all the participants — for the important work you are doing here. Promoting religious freedom is a priority for President Obama and for me, ...
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President Obama and Pope Francis Share a Message of Hope

On the morning of March 27, the Pope’s palace in Vatican City was a slightly different scene. The American flag was waving in the courtyard. The Swiss Guard – the Pope’s bodyguards – stood at attention in ceremonial dress. Dozens of journalists were lined up eager to start clicking as soon as the 13-car motorcade ...
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