Supporting the “Laudato Si’ Challenge” for Sustainable Startups

Embassy Officers and Chargé d’Affairs Lou Bono attended the Laudato Si’ Challenge “demo day” with Cardinal Turkson on Thursday, September 7th. The challenge is driven by the message of Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical on care for the environment that regardless of religion, ethnicity, or social status, the world is our “common home” and as such we all share ...
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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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“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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Embassy hosts conference on shared U.S., Vatican interests

Care for the environment and international religious freedom were at the forefront of an Embassy-sponsored conference on the shared policy interests of the United States and the Holy See this week. The conference, “On Care for Our Common Home: U.S. and Vatican Engagement on Global Issues,” brought together Embassy and Vatican officials as well as ...
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Pope Francis visits the United States

From September 22-27, 2015, Pope Francis made his first visit to the United States, drawing crowds of thousands and visiting with national leaders and ordinary people alike. The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See and Ambassador Ken Hackett facilitated many of the Pope’s activities during the trip, including delivering Speaker of the House John Boener’s ...
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President Obama and Pope Francis Share a Message of Hope

On the morning of March 27, the Pope’s palace in Vatican City was a slightly different scene. The American flag was waving in the courtyard. The Swiss Guard – the Pope’s bodyguards – stood at attention in ceremonial dress. Dozens of journalists were lined up eager to start clicking as soon as the 13-car motorcade ...
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Remarks by His Excellency Archbishop Dominique Mamberti at the Celebration of 30 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Palazzo della Cancelleria Mr Ambassador, Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am happy to extend my sincerest thanks to you, Mr Ambassador, for the kind invitation to speak on the occasion of the commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States of America and the Holy ...
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