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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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at Talitha Kum Event on Human Trafficking

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at “The Experience of Collaboration between the Pontifical Antonianum University and Talitha Kum” Pontificia Università Antonianum Rome, Italy November 25, 2019 Thank you. Good afternoon. I’d like to thank Rector Hernandez and Professor Colage for the opportunity to be with you. I’m delighted to be joined today by Sister Pat Murray …

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DCM Bono Affirms U.S. Support for Vatican Document on Human Fraternity

Jesuit General Curia Rome, Italy November 15, 2019 Thank you, Ambassador Pfirter and Cardinal Ayuso, for convening this important meeting. I bring greetings from Ambassador Gingrich and the United States of America. The United States praises the seminal and inspiring “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” and its call to “bring …

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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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Remarks by Secretary Pompeo at the Holy See Symposium on Working with Faith-Based Organizations: “Human Dignity and Faith in Free Societies”

Old Synod Hall, Apostolic Palace October 2, 2019 Vatican City Thank you, Ambassador Gingrich. Archbishop Gallagher, it’s great to be with you again. You brought the lamp over just a little bit closer. You always bring a little more light into my world. So thank you. Thank you for that. Your Excellencies, members of the …

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Ambassador Callista Gingrich on Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations

In a new video, Ambassador Gingrich previews the October 2 U.S.-Holy See Symposium “Pathways to Human Dignity: Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations”, and highlights the importance of working with faith-based organizations.

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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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In New Video, Ambassador Gingrich Describes the U.S. – Holy See Relationship as a Worldwide Force for Good

This year marks the 35th Anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between the United States and the Holy See! In a new video, Ambassador Gingrich describes the U.S. – Holy See relationship as a worldwide force for good. #USHolySee35

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U.S. Congressional Delegation Meets Holy See Foreign Minister

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See welcomed a congressional delegation July 31-August 1 from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, led by Chairman Frank Pallone and Ranking Member Greg Walden. The delegation included Father Patrick J. Conroy, Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Ambassador Gingrich was pleased to join the delegation at …

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2019 Call for Grant Proposals

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: AUGUST 28, 2019 Program Description The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See is pleased to offer a small grants program and we invite organizations to submit proposals for projects or events based on the criteria below.  The aim of the grants program is to further U.S. foreign …

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Ambassador Gingrich’s Remarks at a 35th Anniversary Exhibit and Reception

Remarks by Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich at an Exhibition and Reception in Honor of the 35th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the United States and the Holy See July 17, 2019 U.S. Diplomacy Center Washington D.C. As Delivered: Your Eminence, your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends. It is my honor to welcome you to this …

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Remarks by the Vatican Foreign Minister at the 35th Anniversary Exhibition and Reception

 As Delivered by Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Holy See Secretary for Relations with States: Excellencies, Honorable and distinguished guests, The history of the relations between the Holy See and the United States of America goes back for more than two centuries. We cherish the long tradition of friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation that we have enjoyed. At the very beginning of …

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

Nine Days that Sparked the U.S.-Holy See Partnership and Changed the World (published in the National Catholic Register on June 7, 2019) By Callista L. Gingrich, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Forty years ago this week, Saint John Paul II returned to his native Poland as the newly elected Bishop of Rome.  It was the first time …

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

STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR CALLISTA L. GINGRICH ON POPE FRANCIS’S VISIT TO ROMANIA June 3, 2019 On behalf of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, I congratulate His Holiness Pope Francis upon the conclusion of his May 31-June 2 apostolic pilgrimage to Romania, marking the 30th international visit of his pontificate. Pope Francis’s visit to …

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Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at a 35th Anniversary Choir Concert

Remarks by Ambassador Gingrich at a 35th Anniversary Choir Concert Rome, Italy May 8, 2019 Your Eminence, Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, and friends – good evening and welcome! I’d like to thank Father Serra, the Rector of the Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva for the opportunity to be here this evening. I’d also like …

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

Remarks by Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich at the Symposium “From Awe to Wisdom: Ethics in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” U.S. Embassy to the Holy See Rome, Italy March 20, 2019 As Delivered: Good morning and welcome to the United States Embassy to the Holy See! This is the first time our embassy has hosted …

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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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 hosts Vatican Observer to UN’s Book Launch

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See hosted an event celebrating the release of His Excellency Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi’s new book, The Vatican in the Family of Nations, and his 13 years’ tenure as the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. The book is based on a collection of statements …

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Partnering with U.S. Embassies on Grants and Fundraising

Public Affairs Assistant Uta Sievers gave a presentation on funding opportunities through U.S. embassies as part of an annual week-long workshop organized by the SOFIA Salvatorian Office for International Aid to help religious congregations fundraise and write grant proposals. Through the workshop, the organization hopes to increase their participants’ chances of making their projects come to fruition. The event has been …

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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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Vatican Official Participates in International Visitor Leadership Program

Every year the State Department sponsors the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), which allows current and emerging foreign leaders to visit the United States and get a firsthand look at American government and culture, while cultivating lasting relationships with their American counterparts, and strengthening U.S. engagement with countries around the world. Participants meet with corresponding …

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2017 Fourth of July Celebration

On June 27th, Chargé d’Affaires, Louis Bono and his wife, Jennie, hosted the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See’s annual Independence Day Celebration. The guests of honor were His Excellency Charles C. Thompson, Archbishop of Indianapolis, His Excellency Paul D. Etienne, Archbishop of Anchorage, and His Eminence Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Cardinal Archbishop of Newark, who all …

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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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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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Senator Bob Corker Promotes End to Human Trafficking

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

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Senator Tim Kaine Meets Vatican Officials

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

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Anti-Defamation League Shares Objectives with Embassy and Holy See

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See welcomed members of the Anti-Defamation League for a conversation on civil rights and interfaith dialogue. Following a morning at the Papal audience, the group visited the Embassy to meet with Chargé d’Affaires, Louis Bono.  Chargé Bono addressed the shared drive of the ADL and the Embassy to advocate for religious …

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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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International Journalists Get Primer on U.S.-Vatican Relations

On September 8, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See hosted over 30 journalists from around the world for a reception and conversation about the embassy’s unique bilateral relationship with the Vatican. Political Counselor Peter Martin spoke with 38 visitors from around the world who were in Rome for “The Church Up Close” , a bi-annual seminar for journalists, organized by …

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U.S. official commends Catholic response to “Slavery at Sea”

Kari Johnstone, Principal Deputy Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, came to Rome to attend an advisory group meeting on maritime human trafficking. In media interviews with Catholic News Service, EWTN and Vatican Radio, she said the Pope’s engagement with the issue of human trafficking has positively impacted efforts to fight it, and she …

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Embassy sponsors IVLP visits to United States

This spring and summer, two staff members of the Holy See traveled to the United States as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) , learning about American government and culture. Dr. Tebaldo Vinciguerra of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Monsignor Visvaldas Kulbokas of the Secretariat of State’s Second Section visited several cities and participated in cultural and professional exchange. …

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U.S. Anti-Trafficking Ambassador addresses Vatican Summit

A Vatican summit of legal experts from around the world discussed ways of combating human trafficking and organized crime. The two day meeting was organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and included an audience with Pope Francis and the signing of a final declaration. Over a hundred judges, magistrates, prosecutors, and representatives of legal organizations from …

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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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U.S. dialogue Experts: Nostra Aetate still “critical to us”

( Vatican Radio ) Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University was host this week to a major international conference marking the 50th Anniversary of the II Vatican Council’s Declaration, Nostra aetate , on the relation of the Catholic Church to non-Christian religions. Nostra aetate made earthquakes at the time of its promulgation: the document continues to be the focus of intense debate among Catholics, …

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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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Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at Sant’Egidio’s Conference on Christians in the Middle East

Honorable and esteemed friends, while I cannot be present with you in person, I want to extend my warmest greetings and commend all of you — Sant’Egidio as the organizer and all the participants — for the important work you are doing here. Promoting religious freedom is a priority for President Obama and for me, …

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30th Anniversary: DCM Victoria Alvarado’s remarks at the American University of Rome

Good afternoon.  I’m pleased to be here today to launch our Embassy’s photo exhibit for the 30th anniversary of U.S.-Holy See relations.  I would like to thank Executive Vice President of AUR, Dr. Andrew Thompson, for his partnership with us on this event, and for hosting our exhibit so the students can learn more about …

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Chargé d’Affaires Remarks Reception for the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross “Church Up Close” Seminar Participants

Good evening friends and guests. We are pleased and honored to be a part of the kick-off day of “The Church Up Close” seminar organized by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.  We warmly welcome you to Villa Richardson, the home of the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. I understand the seminar is …

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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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