Presidential Message on Rosh Hashanah, 2020

The First Lady and I wish our Jewish brothers and sisters Shana Tova and hope the millions observing this sacred day in America and around the world have a blessed start to the High Holy Days. As this 10-day period of celebration, devout prayer, reflection, and repentance commences, we are reminded of how important faith, family, and …

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Proclamation on Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, And Constitution Week, 2020

Proclamation on Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, And Constitution Week, 2020 Issued on: September 17, 2020 In the summer of 1787, fifty-five delegates from throughout the fledgling United States gathered at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia, intent on erecting a government that would stand the test of time and protect hard‑won freedoms secured during the Revolutionary …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Statement on Constitution Day 2020

Statement by Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich Constitution Day September 17, 2020 Constitution Day celebrates a key moment in the history of the United States of America. Two hundred and thirty-three years ago, the Framers of our Constitution met in Philadelphia and set the United States of America on a bold journey that would change the …

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Abraham Accords: Declaration of Peace, Cooperation, and Constructive Diplomatic and Friendly Relations

The White House Issued on: September 15, 2020 His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have agreed to open an era of friendship and cooperation in pursuit of a Middle East region that is stable, secure and prosperous for the benefit of all States and peoples in the region. In this spirit …

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COVID-19 Information

Updated September 14, 2020 Country-Specific Information: Italy has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a  Level 3 Travel Warning  recommending travelers defer all non-essential travel to Italy due to a recent outbreak of COVID-19.  In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a  Level 3 Health Notice  for Italy due to COVID-19 concerns and …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at 9/11 Memorial Service Hosted by the Community of Sant’Egidio

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich 9/11 Memorial Service Hosted by the Community of Sant’Egidio Rome, Italy September 11, 2020 Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends — good evening! I’d like to thank the Community of Sant’Egidio and Archbishop Paglia for this beautiful prayer service, and for the work that you do to promote global peace and …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at Tri-Mission 9/11 Memorial Observance

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich 9/11 Memorial Observance Rome, Italy September 11, 2020 Good afternoon. Ambassador Eisenberg, Ambassador Tom, colleagues, and friends, it’s an honor to be with you on this solemn day. We come together as a Tri-Mission community to honor the memory of nearly 3,000 innocent men, women, and children who perished at the …

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President Trump’s Proclamation on Patriot Day, September 11, 2020

Proclamation on Patriot Day, 2020 Issued on September 10. 2020 In 2001, our Nation, united under God, made an unbreakable promise never to forget the nearly 3,000 innocent Americans who were senselessly killed on September 11.  On this sacred day — Patriot Day — we solemnly honor that commitment.  As the bells toll, we call …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s welcome remarks at a “Conversation among Women of Faith on Human Dignity, Freedom and Care”

Ambassador Gingrich’s welcome remarks at a “Conversation among Women of Faith on Human Dignity, Freedom and Care” Rome, Italy August 31, 2020 Good afternoon. It’s an honor to welcome you to our discussion today. I’d like to thank Sister Gabriella Bottani and Sister Pat Murray, for organizing this virtual event. Today’s conversation is dedicated to …

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Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment

Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment August 18, 2020 Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to our Constitution, securing the right to vote for women. This anniversary is a milestone for women across the United States. The fight for …

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Presidential Proclamation on 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment

Proclamation on 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment Issued on: August 18, 2020 On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment to our Constitution was ratified, securing the right to vote for women and marking a monumental step toward the “more perfect Union” envisioned by our Founders.  This milestone in American history …

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Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

President Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates spoke today and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the …

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Trump Administration’s $122 Million in New Grants to Advance Economic Equality for Women Around the World

Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun hosted a virtual event on August 11 with National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Deputy USAID Administrator Bonnie Glick, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Kelley Currie and Ivanka Trump, Senior Advisor to the President to unveil $122 million in new programs and partnerships for the administration’s Women’s Global Development and …

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Trump Administration Gives Over $35 Million to Provide Housing to Human Trafficking Survivors

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Department of Justice Awards Over $35 Million to Provide Housing to Victims of Human Trafficking Today, Attorney General William P. Barr and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump announced that the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), a component of the …

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Travel Advisory – Coronavirus in Italy

Travel Advisory August 7, 2020 Location:  Italy Event: The Department of State has issued a  Level 3 Travel Advisory  for Italy recommending that travelers reconsider (i.e., avoid nonessential) travel to Italy.  In addition, the CDC has issued a  Level 3 Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19 concerns  and similarly recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Italy. The European Union (EU), which includes Italy, currently prohibits nonessential travel (i.e., tourism) …

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Lifting of Global Level 4 Global Health Advisory

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson August 6, 2020 On August 6, in close coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory.  The Global Advisory, initially put in place on March 19, 2020, advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel …

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President Trump Signs the Great American Outdoors Act, Preserving and Protecting U.S. National Parks

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of H.R. 1957, The Great American Outdoors Act Issued on: August 4, 2020 White House, East Room 10:41 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. Well, thank you very much. Please. Great honor to have you the White House. And we’re here today to celebrate …

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19 FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 29, 2020 New foreign assistance funding commitments continue to bolster the unparalleled global leadership of the United States in response to COVID-19. The U.S. Government (USG) has allocated $20.5 billion to benefit the international response, including commitments for …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Commencement Address to the Ave Maria School of Law Class of 2020

  Ave Maria School of Law 2020 Commencement Speech by Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich Filmed in Rome, Italy, July 28, 2020 Delivered on August 1, 2020 President Cieply, Chairman Monaghan, honorees, trustees, faculty, graduates, families, and friends: Good afternoon and congratulations to the Ave Maria School of Law Class of 2020! I am honored to be with …

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Secretary Pompeo on Unalienable Rights and the Securing of Freedom

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER JULY 16, 2020 Good afternoon, everyone. It is wonderful to be here. It’s beautiful. It’s absolutely beautiful here. Thank you, Mary Ann, for that lovely introduction. I am confident that when we first met and I was a 27-year-old former Army captain that I’d be standing here today with you …

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Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on Meeting with Venezuelan National Assembly Delegation

Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on Meeting with Venezuelan National Assembly Delegation July 10, 2020 This week I had the honor to welcome representatives of Venezuela’s National Assembly to the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.  I reaffirmed the United States’ support for interim President Juan Guaidó, the democratically elected National Assembly, and the people of Venezuela …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at Independence Day Celebration

Villa Richardson Rome, Italy July 8, 2020 Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends – good evening! Newt and I are delighted to welcome you to Villa Richardson to celebrate America’s 244th birthday. I’d like to thank my staff at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See for coordinating this evening’s gathering. On July 4, 1776, …

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Remarks by President Trump at the 2020 Salute to America

Issued on: July 5, 2020 White House, South Lawn Delivered: July 4, 2020 6:50 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Wow. Are you having a good time? (Applause.) Members of Congress, members of my cabinet, and my fellow Americans: The First Lady and I are delighted to welcome you to the second annual Salute to America. (Applause.) …

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Trafficking in Persons Report 2020

June 25, 2020 Secretary Pompeo, joined by Ivanka Trump and Ambassador John Cotton Richmond, unveiled the 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report and honored TIP Report Heroes on June 25 at the State Department. The report assesses government efforts around the world to end human trafficking. This year’s TIP Report celebrates 20 years of progress and …

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Op-Ed by Ambassador Gingrich: Catholic Sisters Remain at the Forefront of COVID-19 Response

Op-ed by Ambassador Gingrich on the occasion of the “Women Religious on the Frontlines” Symposium Published June 23, 2020 The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See and the British Embassy to the Holy See on June 23 co-hosted “ Women Religious on the Frontlines ,” a symposium highlighting the humanitarian efforts of Catholic sisters who selflessly serve on the front …

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British Ambassador to the Holy See Sally Axworthy’s Remarks at Women Religious on the Frontlines Symposium

British Ambassador to the Holy See Sally Axworthy’s Opening Remarks Women Religious on the Frontlines Virtual Symposium Rome, Italy June 23, 2020 Ambassador Gingrich, Sister Jolanda, Sister Pat, dear friends, Thank you, Ambassador Gingrich, for inviting me to co-host the symposium today and to the UISG for allowing us once again to take advantage of …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Opening Remarks at Women Religious on the Frontlines Symposium

Ambassador Gingrich’s Opening Remarks Women Religious on the Frontlines Virtual Symposium Rome, Italy June 23, 2020 Good morning and welcome. The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See and the British Embassy to the Holy See are delighted to co-host today’s symposium – Women Religious on the Frontlines. I’d like to thank Ambassador Sally Axworthy for …

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June 23 Symposium: Women Religious on the Frontlines

On June 23, the U.S. and British Embassies to the Holy See will co-host “Women Religious on the Frontlines,” a virtual symposium highlighting the humanitarian work of women religious during the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow our symposium live on Facebook . More details about the speakers and schedule: EVENT PROGRAM    

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Ambassador Gingrich Receives Honor from the Vatican

June 18, 2020 Ambassador Gingrich received the title Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Pope Pius IX by Pope Francis, the highest distinction conferred by the Vatican on laypersons. The decoration was presented by Archbishop Edgar Peña Para, Substitute Secretary for general affairs in the Vatican Secretariat of State.

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2019 Report on International Religious Freedom

2019 Report on International Religious Freedom Office of International Religious Freedom June 10, 2020 The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, …

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President Trump’s Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom

On June 2, President Trump signed an Executive Order advancing International Religious Freedom. The order defines international religious freedom as a moral and national security imperative, further solidifying religious freedom as a foundational principle of American foreign policy. Under the order, the United States will prioritize religious freedom in our foreign aid programs and other …

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Remarks by President Trump at Kennedy Space Center after the NASA Space X Crew Dragon Launch

Remarks by President Trump at Kennedy Space Center after the NASA Space X Crew Dragon Launch May 30, 2020 Kennedy Space Center Moments ago, as we witnessed the launch of two great American astronauts into space, we were filled with the sense of pride and unity that brings us together as Americans.  That same spirit …

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Ambassador Gingrich and Vatican Observatory Director Reflect on a New Era of Space Exploration

  In a video message marking the historic launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft, the first launch of American astronauts into space from the U.S. since 2011, Ambassador Gingrich and Vatican Observatory Director, Br Guy Consolmagno, SJ, reflect on a new era of human spaceflight.

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Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on Memorial Day, 2020 

Statement by Ambassador Callista Gingrich on Memorial Day, 2020  On Memorial Day, we remember and honor those brave patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend America and its people.  This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, and the triumph of the Allied forces.  As we commemorate this remarkable …

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Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Saint John Paul II

Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Saint John Paul II May 18, 2020 On May 18, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Saint John Paul II and celebrate his remarkable legacy. Born Karol Józef Wojtyła on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland, Saint John Paul II …

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Ambassador Gingrich Hails Faith-Based Relief Efforts Amid Pandemic

U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See hails faith-based relief efforts amid pandemic (Article published by the Catholic News Agency on May 8, 2020) By Courtney Mares Rome, Italy, May 8, 2020 / 10:00 am MT ( CNA ).- The U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See has called attention to the role of faith-based organizations in delivering …

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Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day May 8, 2020 Seventy-five years ago today, the last remnants of the Nazi regime unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Powers, marking the end of World War II in Europe.  Today, we celebrate the forces of freedom who defeated tyranny and emerged victorious in that …

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Proclamation on National Day of Prayer, 2020

On this National Day of Prayer, Americans reaffirm that prayer guides and strengthens our Nation, and we express, with humility and gratitude, our “firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.”  As one Nation under God, we share a legacy of faith that sustains and inspires us and a heritage of religious liberty.  Today, we …

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Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance Builds Upon U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response

Press Statement MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE May 6, 2020 As we work together to defeat the coronavirus at home, the United States stands with our global partners in their time of need, as we always have. A healthier world means a healthier United States. For more than a half century, the United States has been the largest contributor to …

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$270 Million in Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance for Global COVID-19 Response

The United States Continues Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response With More Than $270 Million in Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 22, 2020 For more than a half century, the United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance. Through the American …

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Ambassador Gingrich Highlights Samaritan’s Purse in Northern Italy

Ambassador Gingrich Highlights Samaritan's Purse Faith-based organizations are vital in the fight against #COVID19. Ambassador Gingrich checked in with Samaritan's Purse to get an update on their life-saving work at their field hospital in Cremona, #Italy. Posted by U.S. Embassy to the Holy See (Vatican) on Monday, April 20, 2020 Faith-based organizations are vital in the fight against COVID-19. Ambassador Gingrich checked in with Samaritan’s Purse to get …

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U.S. Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Callista L. Gingrich U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See April 20, 2020 The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  To date, the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have committed an additional $508 million in emergency health, humanitarian, and economic assistance. On …

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UPDATE: The United States is Continuing to Lead the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

FACT SHEET Office of the Spokesperson April 16, 2020 The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health response to the COVID-19 pandemic even while we battle the virus at home.  As part of this comprehensive and generous  response from the American people, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have now …

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Continuing U.S. Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response Through Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 8, 2020 Thanks to the unmatched generosity of the American people and the efforts of the U.S. Government, the United States has continued to lead the world’s public health and humanitarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are building on that leadership, with another $225 million in health, humanitarian, and economic assistance …

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NOTICE for U.S. Citizen Travelers

STEP: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program Subscribe to get up-to-date safety and security information and help us reach you in an emergency abroad. Enroll for alerts at  step.state.gov . In Case of Emergency: Call 1-888-407-4747 (U.S./Canada); +1-202-501-4444 (overseas); or contact the nearest embassy:  go.usa.gov/xduQM. Recommended Web Browsers: Internet Explorer 11 with compatibility view or Google Chrome.

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U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO March 26, 2020 U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic The U.S. government has rapidly mobilized unprecedented resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, both at home and abroad.  Today, I am pleased to announce that the United States has made available nearly $274 million in emergency …

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Statement by U.S. Ambassador Callista Gingrich on Samaritan’s Purse Providing Life-Saving Care in Northern Italy

ROME, ITALY – On Saturday, March 21, 2020, in cooperation with the Office of the Vice President and the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, Samaritan’s Purse will open a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital in northern Italy. Working closely with the Italian Government, Samaritan’s Purse will deliver much needed medical supplies and care to Cremona, …

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15 Days to Slow the Spread

March 16, 2020 This afternoon, President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued new guidelines to help protect Americans during the global Coronavirus outbreak. The new recommendations are simple to follow but will have a resounding impact on public health. While the President leads a nationwide response, bringing together government resources and private-sector ingenuity, …

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Proclamation on the National Day of Prayer for all Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts

Proclamation on the National Day of Prayer for all Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response EffortsMarch 14, 2020 In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty.  As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable …

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Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference

Rose Garden 3:30 P.M. EDT March 13, 2020 THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, everyone.  Thank you.  Thank you. A beautiful day in the Rose Garden.  Appreciate everybody being here.  Today, I’d like to provide an update to the American people on several decisive new actions we’re taking in our very vigilant effort to combat …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Letter to Pope Francis on the Anniversary of His Election

March 13, 2020 Your Holiness, Congratulations upon the seventh anniversary of your election to the papacy.  Your transformational leadership and faithful ministry continue to inspire millions of Americans. Over the years, the United States and the Holy See have worked together to address global challenges and to assist those most in need.  It is an …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Statement on the Anniversary of Pope Francis’s Election

March 13, 2020 On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, I congratulate His Holiness Pope Francis upon the seventh anniversary of his election to the papacy. The United States and the Holy See have enjoyed many years of friendship and close cooperation in advancing human dignity around the world. I look forward to continuing …

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President Trump’s Letter to Pope Francis on the Seventh Anniversary of His Election

March 13, 2020 Your Holiness, On behalf of the American people, I am honored to congratulate you upon the seventh anniversary of your election to the Chair of Saint Peter. Since 1984, the United States and the Holy See have worked together to advance peace, freedom, and human dignity around the world.  I look forward …

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Mission Italy, Embassy to the Holy See, and USUN Rome Change in Operations due to COVID-19

The U.S. Missions to Italy and to the United Nations Agencies in Rome and the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See have limited their operations as of March 11, 2020, in accordance with the Government of Italy’s March 9 decree establishing a country-wide protective zone to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Reduced levels of staff will …

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Proclamation—Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus

On January 31, 2020, I issued Proclamation 9984 (Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus and Other Appropriate Measures To Address This Risk).  I found that the potential for widespread transmission of a novel (new) coronavirus (which has since been renamed “SARS-CoV-2” and causes the disease …

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Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on International Women’s Day

Statement by Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich on International Women’s Day March 8, 2020 On International Women’s Day, we pause to celebrate the many incredible contributions of women and girls who have changed the world and inspired the next generation of female leaders. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the …

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Reconsider travel to Italy due to a recent outbreak of COVID-19.

Reconsider travel to Italy due to a recent outbreak of COVID-19 Level 4 – Do Not Travel to: Lombardy and Veneto due to the level of community transmission of the virus and imposition of local quarantine procedures. There is a widespread ongoing  outbreak of respiratory illness  (COVID-19) caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that can be spread from person to …

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Travel Advisory – Coronavirus in Italy

Travel Advisory February 26, 2020 Italy – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Exercise increased caution in Italy due to a recent outbreak of COVID-19 and terrorism. A novel (new) coronavirus disease, recently designated as COVID-19 and also known as the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. The first cases of …

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Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima

Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima Issued on: February 19, 2020 In the long record of American heroism in combat, few episodes capture the indomitable will and the stouthearted spirit of the American warrior better than the triumphs on the island of Iwo Jima in early 1945. Seventy-five years …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at a Reception in Honor of Region XIV U.S. Bishops (FL, GA, NC, SC) during their Ad Limina Pilgrimage

Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at a Reception in Honor of Region XIV U.S. Bishops (FL, GA, NC, SC) during their Ad Limina Pilgrimage Villa Richardson February 13, 2020 Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends – welcome to Villa Richardson! Tonight, we’re gathered to honor our U.S. Bishops from Region 14 during their ad limina visit to …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at a Reception in Honor of the Knights of Columbus

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at a Reception in Honor of the Knights of Columbus Villa Richardson Rome, Italy February 11, 2020 Your Eminence, Your Excellency, distinguished guests, Knights, and friends, good evening! Newt and I are honored to welcome you to Villa Richardson. First, I’d like to congratulate all of you as you celebrate 100 …

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Visit to the Barracks of the Reggimento Corazzieri and Quirinale Palace

February 10, 2020 Ambassador Gingrich and her staff were honored to visit the barracks of the Reggimento Corazzieri and Quirinale Palace. The Palace was originally built in 1583 as a papal summer residence. Today it’s the official residence of the President of Italy. See more photos from our incredible visit in our Flickr album .

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Answering the Call to Advance Religious Freedom

Answering the Call to Advance Religious Freedom PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE February 5, 2020 In his address at an event on The Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom in September 2019, President Trump said: “Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world …

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President Donald J. Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address

President Donald J. Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address February 5, 2019 9:07 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — (applause) — and my fellow Americans: We meet tonight at a moment of unlimited potential.  As we begin a new Congress, …

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Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations in the Fight Against Human Trafficking January 31, 2020 The White House Washington D.C. As Delivered: Good morning.  It’s an honor to be with you. I want to thank President Trump and Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump for their leadership and steadfast commitment to the fight against human trafficking. The scourge of …

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Vice President Pence’s Visit to Rome and Vatican City

Vice President Pence’s Visit to Rome and Vatican City January 28, 2020 Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence visited Rome and Vatican City on January 24, 2020. Their visit began with a private audience with Pope Francis, further illustrating the importance of America’s enduring diplomatic partnership with the Holy See. In an …

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Proclamation on National Day Of Remembrance Of The 75th Anniversary Of The Liberation Of Auschwitz

Proclamation on National Day Of Remembrance Of The 75th Anniversary Of The Liberation Of Auschwitz, 2020 Issued on: January 24, 2020 On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust and pay tribute to the American soldiers and other Allied Forces who fought tirelessly …

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Presidential Proclamation on National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2020

Proclamation on National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2020 Issued on Jan 21 2020 Every person — the born and unborn, the poor, the downcast, the disabled, the infirm, and the elderly — has inherent value. Although each journey is different, no life is without worth or is inconsequential; the rights of all people must …

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Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on the Launch of the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative

STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR GINGRICH ON THE LAUNCH OF THE ABRAHAMIC FAITHS INITIATIVE January 16, 2020 On January 14, I was honored to host the opening session of the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative (AFI) at my residence, facilitating discussions among faith leaders to advance peace and mutual respect around the world. This remarkable gathering of faith leaders …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks to the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative

Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks to the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative Villa Richardson January 14, 2020 Your Eminence, Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends – Newt and I are delighted to welcome you to Villa Richardson. This evening, we are gathered in honor of the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative, a dialogue designed to promote peace, religious freedom, and interreligious …

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Freedom First in 2020

Freedom First in 2020 Press Statement Mcihael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State January 11, 2020 President Trump has proclaimed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Global estimates indicate that as many as 24.9 million people – adults and children – are victims of human trafficking. Traffickers deprive their victims of the ability …

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Presidential Proclamation on National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2020

Proclamation on National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2020 Issued on: December 31, 2019 Human trafficking erodes personal dignity and destroys the moral fabric of society. It is an affront to humanity that tragically reaches all parts of the world, including communities across our Nation. Each day, in cities, suburbs, rural areas, and tribal …

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Ambassador Gingrich: 2019 was a Banner Year in U.S.-Holy See Relations

Ambassador Gingrich: 2019 was a Banner Year in U.S.-Holy See Relations Published on Breitbart.com on December 31, 2019 This year marked the 35th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between the United States and the Holy See. America’s official diplomatic partnership with the Holy See was established by President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II in …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at a Reception in Honor of U.S. Bishops in Rome

Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich’s Remarks at a Reception in Honor of Region VI and VII U.S. Bishops during their Ad Limina Pilgrimage Villa Richardson December 13, 2019 Your Eminences, your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends – welcome to Villa Richardson! Tonight we’re gathered to honor our U.S. Bishops from regions six and seven during their …

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International Human Rights Day 2019

International Human Rights Day PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE DECEMBER 10, 2019 In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to identify common rights and freedoms for all people in all nations.  An American, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, chaired the UN Human Rights Commission …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the CRISPR Panel Discussion

Ambassador Gingrich’s Welcome Remarks at the Panel Discussion: CRISPR Technology and its Potential to Transform Agricultural Production Food and Agricultural Organization Rome, Italy November 14, 2019 Thank you. Good afternoon and welcome! Ambassador Tom and I are delighted to convene today’s important discussion on advancing global food security through agricultural innovation. The Ambassador and I …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the Opening of “Crivelli’s Gold”

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the opening of “Crivelli’s Gold,” an exhibit Commemorating the 35th Anniversary of Formal Diplomatic Relations Between the U.S. and the Holy See Vatican Museums Vatican City November 13, 2019 Thank you, Barbara. Your Eminences, your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends – good evening and welcome! It is my honor to …

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Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on Opening of “Crivelli’s Gold” Exhibit

Statement by Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich on the opening of “Crivelli’s Gold,” an exhibit at the Vatican Museums celebrating 35 years of formal diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the Holy See  November 13, 2019 To celebrate our nation’s cultural ties to the Vatican, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See is partnering with the …

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Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on 30th Anniversary of Fall of the Berlin Wall

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State Department Hosts Conference on Women’s Economic Empowerment: Minerals, Responsible Sourcing, and the Jewelry Supply Chain

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at a Screening of “The Divine Plan: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Dramatic End of the Cold War.”

The White House Washington D.C June 21, 2019  Good evening.  I’d like to thank Joseph Grogan for the opportunity to be with you. I’d also like to thank and congratulate Robert Orlando for creating this wonderful documentary film! As a Polish American, a lifelong Catholic, a filmmaker, and the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, …

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President Trump is Supporting Women’s Political Empowerment

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Op Ed: Nine Days that Sparked the U.S.-Holy See Partnership and Changed the World

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Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on Pope Francis’s Visit to Romania

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

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Continued U.S. Support for Democracy in Venezuela

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Presidential Proclamation on Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2019

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Homily in Honor of the 35th Anniversary of U.S.-Holy See Relations

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Presidential Proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month, 2019

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Joint Release of the Co-chairs of the US Delegation to the March of the Living

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President Trump’s Proclamation on Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust, 2019

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Pope Francis’ Easter ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Message 2019

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Op-Ed: Celebrating 35 Years of Diplomatic Relations with the Holy See

Published in the Catholic News Agency on April 9, 2019 Thirty-five years ago today, William A. Wilson presented his credentials to Pope John Paul II, becoming America’s first ambassador to the Holy See. This historic moment marked the start of formal diplomatic relations between the United States and the Vatican. Although our embassy was officially established in 1984, …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the Symposium, “Stand Together to Defend International Religious Freedom”

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the “Stand Together to Defend International Religious Freedom” Symposium Rome, Italy April 3, 2019 As Delivered: Good morning.  Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends – welcome to the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See! I’m delighted to see so many of you here today, who are committed to advancing and …

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Panelist Remarks at Embassy Symposium “Stand Together to Defend Religious Freedom”

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Closing Remarks by Vatican Secretary of State at Embassy Symposium on International Religious Freedom

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at a Reception in Honor of the Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Society

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US envoy to Vatican says China must be ‘called out’ on religious freedom

(published on cruxnow.com on April 2, 2019) US envoy to Vatican says China must be ‘called out’ on religious freedom ROME – Perhaps illustrating part of the logic for a new “ministerial” on religious freedom, meaning a gathering of government representatives at the minister’s level to be hosted by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo …

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Ambassador Gingrich visited the Vatican Observatory on March 25 and met with Observatory Director, Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., and Vice-Director Fr. Paul Mueller, S.J.  The Vatican Observatory is one of the oldest astronomical institutes in the world.  The first one was built inside Vatican City in 1587 and then moved to its current location in …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at a Reception in Honor of the Vatican Press Corps

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at the Symposium “From Awe to Wisdom: Ethics in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”

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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released the U.S. Department of State’s 43rd annual “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices” (Human Rights Reports) on Wednesday, March 13. The Human Rights Reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights in 200 countries and territories, through information from U.S. embassies and consulates abroad, foreign government …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Letter to Pope Francis on the Sixth Anniversary of His Election

Your Holiness, It is my honor and privilege to congratulate you upon the sixth anniversary of your election to the papacy. The enduring bond between the United States and the Holy See is strengthened by your message of compassion and faith, which is a source of inspiration for millions of Americans. This year marks the …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Statement on the Sixth Anniversary of Pope Francis’s Election

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President Trump’s Letter to His Holiness Pope Francis on the Sixth Anniversary of his Election

Your Holiness: On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I am honored to extend to you my congratulations on the sixth anniversary of your election. This year marks the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two governments. I am proud of our close cooperation with the Holy See on a …

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In War-Torn South Sudan, an Irish Nun and International Woman of Courage Honoree is a Beacon of Light

Published in the National Catholic Reporter on March 8, 2019 In 2017, famine swept through South Sudan, including the town of Rumbek. More than 40 percent of the population faced malnutrition – including one million children. Sister Orla Treacy, a Catholic nun from Ireland and the head of the Loreto Schools in Rumbek, knew she …

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Sister Orla Treacy Receives 2019 International Women of Courage Award

March 7, 2019 Now in its 13th year, the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk and sacrifice.  Since the inception of this award …

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Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on Meeting with Survivors of Clerical Sexual Abuse in the United States

Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on Meeting with Survivors of Clerical Sexual Abuse in the United States February 22, 2019 Today I had the opportunity to meet with survivors of clerical sexual abuse in the United States and hear their personal stories.  The United States unequivocally condemns the abuse and exploitation of children wherever it occurs …

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Statement by Ambassador Gingrich on Meeting with Venezuelan National Assembly Delegation

Today I had the honor to welcome Francisco Sucre, President of the Permanent Commission of Foreign Policy, Sovereignty, and Integration of the National Assembly of Venezuela, to the United States Embassy to the Holy See. I reaffirmed America’s ironclad support for interim President Juan Guaidó, the democratically elected National Assembly, and the people of Venezuela …

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By Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich It’s incredible what can happen in just 40 hours. Pope Francis arrived in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates on the evening of Sunday, February 3, as the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula. He departed on Tuesday, February 5, shortly after celebrating a historic Catholic Mass …

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Presidential Proclamation on National African American History Month, 2019

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Do you want to live in Rome? Are you looking for an international internship? Spend Fall 2019 in Rome interning at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See (Vatican)!   If you are a U.S. Citizen, enrolled as a degree-seeking student in an accredited college or university, with strong writing and critical thinking skills, this is your …

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Presidential Proclamation for Religious Freedom Day 2019

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY, 2019 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate our Nation’s long‑standing commitment to freedom of conscience and the freedom to profess one’s own faith.  The right to religious freedom is innate to the dignity of …

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President Donald J. Trump Is Fighting to Eradicate Human Trafficking

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Pope Francis’s 2019 Address to Diplomatic Community

Ambassador Callista Gingrich was honored to attend Pope Francis’s annual New Year address to diplomats on January 7, 2019. Pope Francis stressed the importance of multilateral diplomacy, urged all countries to strengthen international institutions, and highlighted the Holy See’s policy priorities around the world.  Read the Pope’s speech in full below. _______________________ ADDRESS OF HIS …

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Ambassador Gingrich and U.S. Marines Deliver Toys to Vatican Pediatric Hospital

In 1947 the United States Marine Corps started the time-honored “Toys for Tots” program, collecting and delivering toys to less fortunate children over the holiday season. In keeping with this tradition, Ambassador Callista Gingrich joined members of the Tri-Mission Italy U.S. Marine Detachment and the United Service Organizations (USO) to deliver toys to children at the …

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President Trump signs bill to help religious minorities in Iraq, Syria

On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, the President signed into law: H.R. 390, the “Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018,” which authorizes assistance to entities engaged in aiding individuals and communities in Iraq or Syria who are being, or are likely to be, targeted for genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes. …

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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 statement on the passing of President George H.W. Bush

Newt and I join a grateful nation in mourning the loss of a true American patriot and statesman, President George H.W. Bush.  President Bush led a lifetime of unwavering service and devotion to faith, family, and country.  He inspired generations of Americans to view public service as a noble calling, and the United States as …

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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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