Presidential Message on 40th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s First Pilgrimage to Poland

Presidential Message in Commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s First Pilgrimage to Poland Issued on: June 2, 2019 On this day, we commemorate the 40th anniversary of St. Pope John Paul II’s historic celebration of the Mass on June 2, 1979, in Warsaw, the opening of a nine-day visit to Poland …

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Presidential Proclamation on National African American History Month, 2019

Presidential Proclamation on National African American History Month, 2019 Issued on: January 31, 2019 In the year 1619, a Dutch trading ship sailed into the Chesapeake Bay and dropped anchor at Point Comfort, Virginia.  The vessel’s arrival marked the beginning of the unscrupulous slave trade in the American colonies.  It was from this immoral origin—and through …

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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 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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Ambassador shares memories of September 11th

Ambassador Ken Hackett spoke with Vatican Radio’s Tracey McClure on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks and their lasting political and social effects on the United States.  The Ambassador shared his own personal story of where he was on September 11th and also discussed whether enough had been done …

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An online tribute to Mother Teresa in the USA

Mother Teresa will be canonized by Pope Francis on September 4, 2016. To celebrate the occasion, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has curated  an online tribute to Mother Teresa . Saint Mother Teresa, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, was often a guest in the United States. An adamant pro-life advocate and opponent of the death penalty, she opened …

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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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Statement by John Podesta, Congressman Xavier Becerra, and Katie Beirne Fallon on the Canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

We are all honored to serve as the Presidential Delegation to the Holy See to celebrate the Canonization Mass of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II both opened the Church to the world in their own ways. They represent key parts of the Catholic faith—courage, …

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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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