- Jan 25, 2020
A former Vatican ambassador will head a new U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights.
Following the decision of the United States to pull out of a Global Compact on Migration, U.S. Catholic bishops and immigration experts urged the Trump administration to reconsider.
Vatican Secretary of State, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed a vast array of topics during their meeting on August 22. On the agenda were the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine, religious freedom and violence in Venezuela.
Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the former Secretary of State under Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, has denied rumors of involvement in a scheme to overpay for remodeling on his Vatican apartment in order to benefit an Italian businessman and longtime friend. Meanwhile, questions remain about how the businessman was able to bill two different Vatican departments almost $1 million for the same work, which was never even finished.
The chair of a USCCB committee has written to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asking him not to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and to oppose Israel’s settlement expansion plan. On the same day, the White House issued a statement saying expansion “may not be helpful” to peace efforts.