- Jul 7, 2020
Taiwanese Ambassador to the Holy See Matthew S.M. Lee has blasted mainland China over what he said is a lack of respect for basic freedoms and human rights, and aligned his embassy with key papal priorities, such as care for migrants and the environment.
Diplomats have a duty to uphold human rights for all people, especially those fleeing their countries due to war, poverty and environmental challenges, Pope Francis told new ambassadors to the Vatican.
Pope Francis said the presence of the new diplomats at the Vatican is a reminder of the necessary role that dialogue plays in “enabling diversity to be lived in an authentic and mutually enhancing way in our increasingly globalized society.”
At a Nov. 17 ceremony at the Polish Embassy to the Holy See, Ambassador Janusz Kotanski delivered a relic of Pope St. John Paul II to Panama’s Ambassador to the Holy See, Miroslava Rosas Vargas. The relic is a gift from Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz to the Church in Panama, as it prepares to host the 2019 World Youth Day.
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.
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.