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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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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Senator Bob Corker Promotes End to Human Trafficking

Chargé d’Affaires Louis Bono was delighted to welcome Senator Bob Corker to the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See on February 23, 2017. While in Rome, Senator Corker promoted a bipartisan pledge to end human trafficking and slavery. This pledge, a part of the “End it” campaign , was taken by a number of U.S. officials, including President ...
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Senator Tim Kaine Meets Vatican Officials

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See was delighted to welcome Senator Tim Kaine to Rome and Vatican City. While in the Eternal City, Senator Kaine had the opportunity to meet with Pope Francis, and talk about the global migration and refugee crisis. Senator Kaine also discussed this topic with officials from ...
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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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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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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. 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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U.S. Expert urges Protection for Religious Minorities

Knox Thames, Special Adviser for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South and Central Asia, visited Rome to meet with Vatican officials about preventing religious persecution in the Middle East. Speaking to journalists, he laid out the challenges for Christian communities in Iraq, for whom the “door is closing” due to persecution by the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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