Pompeo: Restoring the Role of the Nation-State in the Liberal International Order

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State German Marshall Fund Brussels, Belgium December 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Ian, for the kind introduction. Good morning to all of you; thank you for joining me here today. It’s wonderful to be in this beautiful place, to get a chance to make a set of remarks about the ...
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Pope Francis Offers Condolences at the Death of President George H.W. Bush

Pope Francis expressed his prayers and condolences upon the passing of former President George H.W. Bush.  Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin sent the following telegram December 5 on behalf of Pope Francis to the President of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo: His Eminence Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo Archbishop of Galveston-Houston ...
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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at Tri-Mission Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at the Tri-Mission Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Rome, Italy November 30, 2018 Good afternoon.  Welcome to our Christmas tree lighting ceremony!  It’s a pleasure to be here with Ambassador Eisenberg, Chargé Duffy, and our Tri-Mission Community. I’d like to thank our CLO for organizing today’s ceremony, and our GSO for decorating this beautiful tree! As ...
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Ivanka Trump’s Op-Ed on the Trump Administration’s Fight Against Human Trafficking

The Op-Ed by Ivanka Trump, who is an adviser to the President, highlights President Trump’s directive this week to “limit the number of national-interest waivers and restrict certain types of foreign assistance for nearly two dozen governments of countries identified as “Tier 3” by the State Department’s  Trafficking in Persons Report . The report, the world’s most comprehensive resource ...
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Presidential Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day, 2018

Presidential Proclamation on Thanksgiving Day, 2018 Issued on: November 20, 2018 On Thanksgiving Day, we recall the courageous and inspiring journey of the Pilgrims who, nearly four centuries ago, ventured across the vast ocean to flee religious persecution and establish a home in the New World. They faced illness, harsh conditions, and uncertainty, as they trusted ...
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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at Tri-Mission’s 2018 Locally Employed Staff Thanksgiving

Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks U.S. Italy Tri-Mission’s 2018 Locally Employed Staff Thanksgiving Rome, Italy November 20, 2018 Good afternoon.  Thank you for joining us as we honor our locally employed staff this Thanksgiving season. I would like to extend a special thanks to our CLO for organizing this afternoon’s gathering. Thanksgiving is one of our family’s ...
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Ambassador Gingrich: Religious Freedom Strengthens Women’s Rights

Italian news outlet Servizio Informazione Religiosa (SIR) highlighted Ambassador Gingrich’s remarks at the “Women, Faith and Culture” seminar in Rome November 14, hosted by the International Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Education.  Ambassador Gingrich discussed the United States’ commitment to religious freedom, and how it influences U.S. foreign policy and strengthens women’s rights. Reflecting on ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at Tri-Mission’s 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at Tri-Mission’s 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference Rome, Italy November 14, 2018 Good afternoon. I’d like to thank Kelly Degnan, Jillian Itharat, and Cassandra Hamblin for organizing this conference and for the opportunity to be with you. I would also like to thank Ambassador Eisenberg for his thoughtful remarks and participation today. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the “Women, Faith, and Culture” Seminar

  Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the “Women, Faith, and Culture” Seminar Rome, Italy November 14, 2018 Good morning.  I’d like to thank the International Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Education for the opportunity to be with you. I’d also like to thank Foreign Minister Milanesi for his thoughtful remarks, and the Italian Ministry of ...
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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at the UN Meeting “Practical Solutions to Eradicate Human Trafficking”

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the Working Meeting “Practical Solutions to Eradicate Human Trafficking” United Nations Headquarters New York, NY November 9, 2018 (as prepared for delivery) Good morning.  I’d like to thank Ambassador Michel Veuthey and the Sovereign Order of Malta for the opportunity to be with you today. I would also like to thank ...
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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks to Participants of the Vatican Water Conference

Rome, Italy November 7, 2018 Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends – welcome to Villa Richardson! I’d like to thank our Vatican partners for being here this evening, and for organizing tomorrow’s important conference on clean water. I’d also like to acknowledge our diplomatic colleagues from France, Italy, Monaco, and Peru for helping make this ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the 243rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the 243rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball November 3, 2018 Rome, Italy Thank you, Gunnery Sergeant Hancock. Ambassador Eisenberg, Chargé Duffy, distinguished guests, and Marines – good evening!  Thank you for the opportunity to be with you as we celebrate the 243rd birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Few American ...
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Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities

Read the State Department’s new report detailing the magnitude of the Iranian regime’s destructive behavior at home and abroad. The report covers Iran’s support for terrorism, its missile program, illicit financial activities, threats to maritime security and cybersecurity, human rights abuses, as well as environmental exploitation. Download the report here» (pdf) Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheet
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The Power of Heroes in the Fight against Human Trafficking

Human trafficking, also known as modern slavery, is a global crime that deprives millions around the world of their human dignity and freedom. Its victims are often lured with false promises by people they trust – including family members – and are forced into prostitution, debt bondage, domestic servitude, and  other forms of modern slavery. Human trafficking also compromises national ...
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U.S. Assistance to Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Iraq

Fact Sheet October 16, 2018 As part of the continued commitment by Vice President Pence, Secretary Pompeo, and USAID Administrator Green to support ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq as highlighted earlier this year at the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, the United States is proud to announce over $178 million in U.S. foreign ...
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2018 Meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force on Trafficking in Persons

On October 11, President Donald J. Trump convened the first annual President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) meeting to discuss the Trump Administration’s efforts to combat human trafficking.  There are an estimated 24.9 million victims of this global crime. The PITF is a Cabinet-level entity, consisting of 15 U.S. departments and agencies, which work tirelessly to prosecute traffickers and protect survivors. ...
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Remarks by Callista Gingrich, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See International Meeting Bridges of Peace Organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio

Remarks by Callista L. Gingrich, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See International Meeting “Bridges of Peace” Organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio Bologna, Italy October 16, 2018 Good morning. I’d like to thank Andrea Riccardi, Marco Impagliazzo, and the Community of Sant’Egidio for the opportunity to be with you today. For fifty years, Sant’Egidio has ...
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Ambassador Gingrich Attends Opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops on Young People

Ambassador Gingrich attended the opening Mass of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, celebrated by Pope Francis October 3 in St. Peter’s Square.  The month-long meeting of Catholic bishops is on the theme of “Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment.” More than 300 participants are gathered in Rome for the Synod, ...
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Ambassador Gingrich Presents Joel Nafuma Refugee Center with Julia Taft Refugee Fund Grant

Ambassador Gingrich on Tuesday, October 2, presented the Joel Nafuma Refugee Cente r in Rome, Italy, with the Julia Taft Refugee Fund grant, to further support the Center’s important work. The U.S. Department of State’s Julia Taft Refugee Fund supports community-based projects that provide sustainable assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons, vulnerable migrants, and stateless persons.  Each year, the ...
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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at Conference Honoring St. John Paul II and President Reagan

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich (as prepared for delivery) Washington, D.C. September 26, 2018 Good afternoon.  It’s an honor to be here. I’d like to thank Clark Judge, Monika Jablonska, the White House Writers Group, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, the Polish National Foundation, and the Ronald Reagan Foundation and Institute for the opportunity to ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 10:38 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Madam President, Mr. Secretary-General, world leaders, ambassadors, and distinguished delegates: One year ago, I stood before you for the first time in this grand hall. I addressed the threats facing our world, and I presented a vision to achieve a brighter future for ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at Reception in Honor of Blessing Okoedion

(As prepared for delivery) September 13, 2018 Good evening and welcome to Villa Richardson! Tonight we’re gathered to honor Blessing Okoedion — an inspirational voice in the fight against human trafficking. Thank you for being here, Blessing. In June, the U.S. State Department honored Blessing as a 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Hero.  Each year ...
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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at 9/11 Memorial Service Hosted by Sant’Egidio

(As prepared for delivery) Rome, Italy September 11, 2018 Good evening. I’d like to thank the Community of Sant’Egidio for holding this evening’s service. It’s been 17 years since September 11th, 2001.  But for countless families who lost loved ones, it feels like yesterday. On that fateful morning, nearly 3,000 innocent people were murdered by ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the September 11 Tri-Mission Commemoration Ceremony

Rome, Italy September 11, 2018 Good afternoon. Ambassador Eisenberg, Chargé Duffy, colleagues, and friends, it’s an honor to join you on this solemn occasion. Today we come together to honor the memory of nearly 3,000 innocent people murdered by terrorists seventeen years ago. Seventeen years may seem like a long time, but for countless American ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the International Catholic Legislators Network (ICLN) Freedom Summit

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the International Catholic Legislators Network (ICLN) Freedom Summit Frascati, Italy August 24, 2018   Good afternoon.  It’s an honor to be here. I’d like to thank His Eminence Cardinal Schönborn and Dr. Christiaan Alting von Geusau for the opportunity to be with you today. In 2010, Newt and I attended ...
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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at Reception for International Catholic Legislators Network

Remarks by Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich Rome, Italy August 22, 2018 Good evening and welcome to Villa Richardson! Tonight we’re gathered to honor Members of the United States Congress that have traveled here to attend the Ninth Annual Meeting of the International Catholic Legislators Network. I’m delighted that Representatives Fortenberry, Harris, Cuellar, and Joyce are ...
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Readout of Vice President Pence’s Call with Cardinal Pietro Parolin

(as posted on whitehouse.gov) Issued on: August 10, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence spoke today with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See, to discuss their mutual concern about the on-going political crisis in Nicaragua. Vice President Pence recognized the Catholic Church’s leadership and the Pope’s calls for mediation and the process of ...
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The U.S. State Department’s Boldline Religious Freedom Initiative

Are you ready to take action on an innovative idea to support international religious freedom? The U.S. Department of State wants to hear from you. Introducing Boldline Religious Freedom, a public-private partnership accelerator that is specifically targeted to organizations working on religious freedom.  Developed by the U.S. Department of State, this partnership aims to support ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

(As prepared for delivery) Good afternoon.  I’d like to thank Secretary Pompeo and Ambassador Brownback for inviting me to speak on this important topic ahead of our panel. This discussion, examining the intersections between religious freedom and women’s rights, could not come at a more pressing time.
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Statement by Ambassador Callista Gingrich on 2018 Trafficking in Persons Hero Blessing Okoedion

On behalf of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, I offer my warmest congratulations to Blessing Okoedion on being honored as a 2018 Trafficking in Persons Hero.  Each year the U.S. Department of State produces the Trafficking in Persons Report , assessing the efforts by foreign governments to combat human trafficking.  Along with this report, the Department of ...
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Trafficking in Persons Report 2018

Secretary Pompeo, joined by Ivanka Trump, unveiled the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report and honored ten TIP Report Heroes today at the State Department. The report assesses government efforts around the world to end human trafficking. The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at Symposium on Religious Freedom

Good morning.  Your Eminence, Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends – thank you for being here today. I’d like to acknowledge Aid to the Church in Need and the Community of Sant’Egidio for helping make this symposium possible.  I am very proud of our embassy’s longstanding relationship with both of these incredible organizations. I’d also ...
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Ambassador Gingrich Hosts Symposium on International Religious Freedom

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See hosted a symposium on Monday, June 25 on “Defending International Religious Freedom: Partnership and Action” at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.  U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Callista L. Gingrich, delivered the opening remarks and closing remarks were given by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro ...
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Ambassador Gingrich Returns Letter by Christopher Columbus to the Vatican

Good morning.  I would like to thank His Excellency Archbishop Bruguès and Monsignor Pasini for hosting us today. I would also like to acknowledge Homeland Security Investigation’s Rome Attaché, Armando Astorga, Investigator, Mario Coppola, HSI Special Agent, Brian Jones, and Special Agent, Mark Olexa, for their impressive work on this investigation. Special thanks to our ...
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Ambassador Gingrich and Archbishop Shevchuk on Religious Freedom In Ukraine

Good morning.  Welcome to the United States Embassy to the Holy See – we’re delighted to have you here. I’d like to thank His Beatitude Major Archbishop Shevchuk for traveling to Rome to share his thoughts with us on religious freedom in Ukraine. I would also like to thank Their Excellencies Archbishop Tomasi and Archbishop ...
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Final remarks by Ambassador Tetiana Izhevska at a Discussion with Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk on Religious Freedom

June 13, 2018 Dear Ambassador Gingrich, Your Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen, First of all, let me express my gratitude to my good friend Ambassador Callista Gingrich for hosting this meeting. That is not for the first time when we meet together in the United States Embassy to the Holy See to discuss vital religious issues. ...
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Ambassador Gingrich: U.S. Embassy Works with Vatican to Promote Religious Liberty for All

By Callista L. Gingrich   Persecution, violence, and discrimination are daily realities for millions of believers in nearly every region of the world. Their human rights are limited or restricted entirely. Religious understanding and tolerance are bulwarks against the forces of extremism — they are the necessary foundations of peace and security around the world. ...
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Remarks by United States Ambassador to the Holy See Callista L. Gingrich at PAX Romana Grave Site Rededication Ceremony

May 8, 2018 Rome, Italy  As Delivered: Good morning.  I’d like to thank the Pax Romana Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for the opportunity to be with you today. I know that one of my predecessors, Ambassador Shakespeare, attended a similar ceremony in 1988 – the last time this grave site was ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Callista Gingrich at a Reception in Honor of the Cura Foundation

April 24, 2018 Rome, Italy Good evening and welcome to Villa Richardson. I’d like to thank the Cura Foundation and the Stem for Life Foundation, under the leadership of Dr. Robin Smith, for making this reception possible. I’d also like to acknowledge and welcome Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health.  ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Callista Gingrich at the Women Religious on the Frontlines Symposium

As Delivered: Thank you. Members of the clergy, sisters, members of the diplomatic community, and friends: Good morning.  I am pleased to welcome you as we recognize the extraordinary contributions of Women religious on the frontlines. I am especially grateful to Sister Patricia Murray and her dedicated staff at the UISG for co-hosting this symposium.  ...
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Remarks by United States Ambassador to the Holy See Callista L. Gingrich at the International Women of Courage Reception

As Delivered: Thank you, Ambassador Galt. Good afternoon.  I am privileged to be with you today as we honor these ten remarkable women. Through strength and determination, each honoree has demonstrated extraordinary courage to advocate for peace, justice, and human dignity. As the United States Ambassador to the Holy See, I am especially honored to ...
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AMBASSADOR GINGRICH’S LETTER TO HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS ON THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS PONTIFICATE

March 13, 2018 Your Holiness, It is a great pleasure and privilege to congratulate you upon the fifth anniversary of your pontificate. Millions of Americans have been inspired by your extraordinary humility and compassion for the most vulnerable and marginalized among us. Your enduring love for the less fortunate is to be admired and emulated. ...
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Ambassador Gingrich: Ending Human Trafficking must be a Global Priority For us All

For over four years,  Karla Jacinto  estimates that she was raped over 40,000 times. Abandoned at 12, she fell prey to a pimp in Tenancingo, Mexico, who through brutality and coercion forced her into prostitution. At 15, Karla’s newborn daughter, conceived through rape, was taken from her as she continued to be threatened by her enslavers. Karla ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Callista L Gingrich on the passing of Rev. Billy Graham

February 21, 2018 “Reverend Billy Graham was a remarkable man, a renowned evangelist, and an extraordinary leader. Throughout his life Reverend Graham was committed to bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people of all ethnicities, creeds, and backgrounds. Graham’s worldwide crusades were attended by millions and broadcast on radio and television to hundreds of ...
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Celebrating the Contributions of Sisters Worldwide

On February 6, Ambassador and Mr. Gingrich were pleased to invite Sister Pat Murray, Sister Florence de la Villeon, Sister Gabriella Bottani, and Patrizia Morgante from the International Union Superiors General (UISG) to a lunch at their residence. The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has enjoyed a wonderful and collaborative partnership with the UISG ...
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Ambassador Gingrich meets with the Community of Sant’Egidio

On February 5, Ambassador Gingrich met with the Community of Sant’Egidio at their headquarters in Rome, where they explained their efforts to combat trafficking in persons and their mediation and interreligious dialogue programs in Africa and the Middle East. Sant’Egidio has 70,000 members around the world. They work in 25 countries in Africa where they ...
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Secretary Tillerson Meets Ambassador Gingrich and other U.S. Ambassadors During Regional Chiefs of Mission Meeting in Paris

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson poses for a photo with thirteen U.S. Ambassadors and Chargé d’Affaires during a regional Chiefs of Mission meeting (L to R) Kent Logsdon, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., U.S. Embassy in Germany, Lewis M. Eisenberg, U.S. Ambassador to the Italian Republic, and the Republic of San Marino, Matthew Lussenhop, Chargé d’Affaires ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Callista Gingrich on the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Callista Gingrich Pontifical University of the Urbaniana January 18, 2018 Good afternoon. I’d like to thank Cardinal Turkson for the opportunity to be with you today. Thanks as well to Solidarity with South Sudan; the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission; the Union of Superiors General; ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims January 2018 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we recommit ourselves to eradicating the evil of enslavement.  Human trafficking is a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation.  It has no place in our world.  This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality.  We also pledge to do ...
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Ambassador Callista Gingrich presents her credentials to Pope Francis

On December 22, 2017, Callista L. Gingrich presented her credentials to Pope Francis and officially assumed the duties of United States Ambassador to the Holy See.  Ambassador Gingrich is the 11th U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See since formal relations were established in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan. In the presence of family and embassy ...
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The Embassy is on Instagram!

Have you seen our new Instagram page ? The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See Instagram launched this month, adding to our current social media presence on Facebook and Twitter . Unlike the other two platforms, Instagram is photography-based. Therefore, we will be able to share photos from our events, announcements, and articles in a photo-friendly way. We’ve already got several photos up. Check us out at ...
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U.S. Senate confirms Callista Gingrich as U.S. Ambassador-Designate to the Holy See

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, October 16, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed Callista L. Gingrich of McLean, Virginia as the new United States Ambassador-Designate to the Holy See.  Ambassador-Designate Gingrich is the former President and CEO of Gingrich Productions, a multimedia production and consulting company in Arlington, Virginia.  She is the author of the ...
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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, ...
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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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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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“Something I will never forget”: Melania Trump at Vatican Pediatric Hospital

On May 24, First Lady Melania Trump met with Pope Francis, alongside President Trump, Ivanka Trump and 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. During the private audience, Mrs. Trump, a Catholic, greeted ...
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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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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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“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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Sister Carol Receives International Women of Courage Award

Since 2007, the State Department has been honoring women from around the world who have exhibited exceptional courage and leadership, who have drawn strength from adversity to help transform their societies, with their International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award . This year, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See nominated Sister Carol Tahhan of Syria. In March, she was recognized during ...
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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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Ambassador Hackett’s Farewell Message

Ambassador Ken Hackett completed his three and a half years as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and started his well-deserved retirement on January 19, 2017. In this three minute video, the Ambassador talks about working with the Holy See on human rights, human trafficking, peace building, poverty, concerns about minorities in the Middle East, ...
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Catholic News Service: Highlights of Ambassador Hackett’s Time at the Vatican

Faith and diplomacy: Hackett reflects on role as U.S. envoy to Vatican By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service 12.15.2016 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Ken Hackett, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, is gearing up to try retirement for the second time. The retired president of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ overseas aid agency, ...
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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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