- Feb 23, 2021
Yesterday U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Callista Gingrich made her farewell visit to Pope Francis, marking the end of her term – and also cementing her case as the COAT, meaning the American envoy to the Vatican who faced the most vexing all-time challenge.
The U.S. government’s foreign aid agency awarded thousands of dollars in assistance to two Rome-based Catholic organizations assisting the poor in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy.
Watching US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to the Vatican this week play out, it seems possible that some of the obvious testiness over China is because both sides are making flawed assumptions about the other.
Top Vatican and U.S. officials Wednesday urged actors at every level of society to protect and defend religious freedom, whether it be physical violence, or subtle forms of ideological colonization carried out under the guise of tolerance.
In the middle of the coronavirus lockdown, a group of women ambassadors accredited to the Holy See decided to honor a very British custom last week, with a twist of modernity: a Zoom meeting at tea time.
Several nuns serving women and girls in conflict areas have said that in their view, while seeking greater recognition and leadership in the Catholic Church is important, women’s empowerment is more than simply trying to move up, but is about encouragement at the local level.