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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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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An online tribute to Mother Teresa in the USA

Mother Teresa will be canonized by Pope Francis on September 4, 2016. To celebrate the occasion, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has curated  an online tribute to Mother Teresa . Saint Mother Teresa, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, was often a guest in the United States. An adamant pro-life advocate and opponent of the death penalty, she opened ...
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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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