Putting Human Rights at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 24, 2021 The United States is committed to a world in which human rights are protected, their defenders are celebrated, and those who commit human rights abuses are held accountable. Promoting respect for human rights is not something we can do alone, but is best accomplished working with our allies and partners …

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Press Release: Symposium on Advancing and Defending International Religious Freedom

PRESS RELEASE September 26, 2020 Secretary Pompeo, Cardinal Parolin, Archbishop Gallagher to Participate in U.S. Symposium on Religious Freedom ROME (September 26, 2020) – Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and Holy See Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Paul Gallagher will participate in the U.S. Embassy …

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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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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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Secretary Pompeo’s Statement on International Religious Freedom Day

Secretary Pompeo’s Statement on International Religious Freedom Day Press Statement October 27, 2019 Freedom of religion is a cherished American value and a fundamental freedom. The Founding Fathers understood religious freedom not as the state’s creation, but as the unalienable birthright of human beings. Today, we commemorate the 21st anniversary of the 1998 International Religious …

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Secretary Pompeo, Archbishop Gallagher to Launch U.S.-Vatican Symposium on Faith-Based Organizations

PRESS RELEASE September 28, 2019 For immediate release Secretary Pompeo, Archbishop Gallagher to Launch U.S.-Vatican Symposium on Faith-Based Organizations VATICAN CITY (September 28, 2019) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will join Holy See Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Paul Gallagher on October 2, 2019, at a symposium in the Old Synod Hall in …

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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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Ambassador Gingrich’s remarks at the Religious Freedom Institute

July 24, 2018 Washington D.C. As Prepared for Delivery: Thank you.  It’s an honor to be with you. I’d like to thank Ambassador Rooney and Dr. Farr for inviting me to speak with you this afternoon. I’d also like to commend the Religious Freedom Institute, and the Center for Religious Liberty of Catholic University, for …

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Remarks by Callista L. Gingrich at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See 2018 Independence Day Celebration

Villa Richardson Rome, Italy July 3, 2018 Good evening. Let’s have a round of applause for our United States Marines and the Navy Maritime Winds Woodwind Quintet. I’d like to thank our many generous sponsors, whose support makes this evening possible. I’d also like to thank my team at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy …

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

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

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U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Presents His Credentials to the Pope

Today, Ambassador Kenneth F. Hackett presented his credentials to Pope Francis and officially took over as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.  In the presence of family, friends, and embassy staff, Ambassador Hackett greeted the Pope and expressed his excitement at taking on this new role. Ambassador Hackett was previously the President/CEO of Catholic …

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