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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Pope Francis’ Easter ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Message 2019

Pope Francis’ Easter ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Message 2019 April 21, 2019 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter! Today the Church renews the proclamation made by the first disciples: “Jesus is risen!” And from mouth to mouth, from heart to heart, there resounds a call to praise: “Alleluia, Alleluia!” On this morning of Easter, the perennial ...
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Closing Remarks by Vatican Secretary of State at Embassy Symposium on International Religious Freedom

Rome, 3 April 2019 (as prepared for delivery) Excellencies, Dear Friends, I am pleased to have this occasion to offer some brief remarks at the conclusion of this International Religious Freedom Symposium, organized by the United States Embassy to the Holy See with the cooperation of other institutions.  A special word of thanks goes to ...
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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

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO On the Commemoration of the Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Election March 13, 2019 On behalf of the United States Government, I wish to congratulate His Holiness Pope Francis on the sixth anniversary of his election to the papacy. I appreciate his steadfast leadership in promoting peace and advancing religious freedom and ...
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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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Pope Francis’s Historic Visit to the Arabian Peninsula

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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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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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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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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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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