- Dec 10, 2019
International lawyers researching the criminalization of homosexuality met Friday with the Vatican secretary of state and urged the Holy See to publicly oppose such laws and “conversion” therapies for gays.
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.
U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Callista Gingrich told Crux the Trump administration is committed to defending religious freedom, and will continue to “call out” China for its violations.
The Vatican has decided to take a step back from the culture wars on life and the family that were on display at the International Congress for the Family this weekend.
On its 150th anniversary, the pope’s hospital in Rome makes a commitment to treating all children, especially those with rare or incurable diseases.
The Vatican is greeting the visit to Italy of Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week with a new round of overtures and says the “door is always open” to dialogue.