Vatican ambassadors Archives - Crux



  • It’s official: Callista Gingrich to be Trump’s Vatican ambassador

    The White House on Friday confirmed President Donald Trump’s intent to name Callista Gingrich, wife of former House speaker Newt Gingrich, as his ambassador to the Holy See. The announcement comes days before Trump is set to meet Pope Francis in the Vatican, and was taken as a positive sign by one former U.S. envoy to the Vatican in terms of how seriously Trump may view the relationship.

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  • Francis and Trump: Latest in tumultuous Vatican-U.S. relationship

    Francis and Trump: Latest in tumultuous Vatican-U.S. relationship

    When Pope Francis meets Donald Trump, it will be the latest chapter in a story that goes back to George Washington. The Vatican and the United States have never seen eye to eye on everything, but they both understand the important role each has to play in international affairs.

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  • Religious freedom and Islamic terrorism

    Religious freedom and Islamic terrorism

    Blasphemy laws are used to persecute critics of Islam in many Muslim countries, whether moderate Muslims, Christians or Jews, and to attack so-called “non-believers,” thus forming an impenetrable barrier to any form of acceptance of other religious beliefs and contributing to the growth of Islamic extremism. Ending these laws could set the stage for free expression of religious opinions in the Muslim world and help modernize Islamic societies.

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  • The role of religious freedom today

    The role of religious freedom today

    The former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See (2005-2008), Francis Rooney, says due to its stabilizing role in society, religious freedom can be used as a “soft power” weapon to deter extremist ideologies, as evidenced by Holy See diplomacy. Rooney points to the Vatican using inter-religious dialogue as a platform to nurture an exchange of ideas oriented toward finding an Islamic rationale to combat extremist ideology.

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  • Reports say Callista Gingrich to be ambassador to the Vatican

    Reports say Callista Gingrich to be ambassador to the Vatican

    Press reports say U.S. President Donald Trump will nominate Callista Gingrich as the next Ambassador to the Vatican. Trump is scheduled to meet Pope Francis on Wednesday, May 24 between trips to Saudi Arabia and NATO and G-7 summits.

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  • Trump won’t meet Pope, and it may be a while on an ambassador

    Since it now seems clear that President Donald Trump won’t meet Pope Francis when he comes to Sicily in late May for a G7 summit, many people will assume that the first real test of how serious Trump is about engaging the Vatican will come with his pick for ambassador. For several reasons, however, that move may not come anytime soon, so we might have to look for other measures.

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