- Feb 27, 2021
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.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, met with the U.S. and Israeli ambassadors to the Vatican to express concern that “possible unilateral actions” on their part would further jeopardize peace in the region.
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.
Even if Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump have strong differences on the issue of migration, there are many other areas of common agreement where their joint efforts promote peace and human dignity, said the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.
Governments arguably are better served when their diplomats feel the ability to speak freely.
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.