- Jul 14, 2020
After U.S. government officials criticized the Vatican’s recent deal with China on the appointment of bishops, saying it has made religious persecution in the nation worse, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said there is a need to be patient, since the situation won’t change overnight.
In a vote on Monday, the United States Senate confirmed Callista Gingrich to serve as the ambassador to the Holy See. Gingrich, a lifelong Catholic, is the third wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. She will be tasked with serving as the liaison between Pope Francis and President Donald Trump, a relationship that has not always been harmonious.