“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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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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U.S. official commends Catholic response to “Slavery at Sea”

Kari Johnstone, Principal Deputy Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, came to Rome to attend an advisory group meeting on maritime human trafficking. In media interviews with Catholic News Service, EWTN and Vatican Radio, she said the Pope’s engagement with the issue of human trafficking has positively impacted efforts to fight it, and she ...
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U.S. Interreligious Dialogue Expert speaks about Climate Change

What can interreligious dialogue contribute to combating climate change?  A lot according to the U.S. State Department’s Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs, Shaun Casey.  In Part II of a wide ranging interview with Vatican Radio’s Tracey McClure, Casey recounted his involvement in the 30 November – 12 December 2015 UN Climate Change Conference ...
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U.S. Anti-Trafficking Ambassador addresses Vatican Summit

A Vatican summit of legal experts from around the world discussed ways of combating human trafficking and organized crime. The two day meeting was organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and included an audience with Pope Francis and the signing of a final declaration. Over a hundred judges, magistrates, prosecutors, and representatives of legal organizations from ...
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U.S. Expert speaks about State of Interreligious Dialogue

The U.S. State Department’s Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs says religious literacy is at the heart of educated citizenship and that interfaith interaction in the classroom and on the soccer field can build healthy, pluralist societies. Shaun Casey was in Rome this week at a conference (see picture) and also spoke to Vatican Radio’s ...
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Special envoy for Great Lakes discusses democracy

Ahead of a visit to the region, U.S. Special Envoy to the Great Lakes region of Africa, Thomas Perriello, visited Vatican Radio to discuss the elections of two countries in the area: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi. Perriello, who met with Vatican officials this week, said that while the DRC has the ...
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Ambassador Hackett reflects on the 2010 Haiti earthquake

In January 2010, an earthquake devastated Haiti, killing or injuring thousands and creating a humanitarian crisis. At the time, Ambassador Kenneth Hackett headed Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and oversaw its immediate aid to the victims, ultimately providing nearly 500 personnel. On the 6th anniversary of the earthquake, Ambassador Hackett visited Vatican Radio to discuss the ...
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U.S. dialogue Experts: Nostra Aetate still “critical to us”

( Vatican Radio ) Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University was host this week to a major international conference marking the 50th Anniversary of the II Vatican Council’s Declaration, Nostra aetate , on the relation of the Catholic Church to non-Christian religions. Nostra aetate made earthquakes at the time of its promulgation: the document continues to be the focus of intense debate among Catholics, ...
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