Protecting and Promoting Human Rights in the Amazon
On April 19, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations held a side event entitled “Violation of Human Rights in the Amazon: Networks to Respond to and Redress Them” to discuss the situation of indigenous peoples in the Amazon and the threats being caused by the proliferation of foreign mining interests.
Experts Focus on Eradicating Human Trafficking among Rural Women and Girls
The best way to eradicate human trafficking is to prevent people from being vulnerable to being lured into it in the first place, experts and advocates testified at a March 13 conference, stating that economic exclusion is one of the largest push and pull factors, especially among rural women.
Holy See Sponsors Event on Ending the Detention of Child Migrants and Refugees
Attendees of the event watched a short video produced by the Migrants & Refugees Section of the Vatican's Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, which shares the Holy Father's appeal to care for migrants and refugees.
Holy See Hosts Conference on the Peace Process in Colombia
Panelists had a hopeful tone about the implementation of the Colombian Peace Agreement, despite the ongoing violence and difficulties. The panelists spoke optimistically of the political will for peace in Colombia and a general desire to move forwards.
Religious Groups Work to Eradicate Extreme Poverty Through Social Cohesion
Social inclusion is key for tackling economic exclusion, according to Catholic religious leaders at a January 31 event sponsored by nine different NGOs tied to Catholic religious congregations and co-sponsored by the Holy See Mission.
Preserving Pluralism and Diversity in the Nineveh Region
ISIS is on the verge of military defeat, but unless those displaced from the Nineveh Plains can return, ISIS will have succeeded in its ideological objective to eliminate religious minorities from the region, according to the experts working on resettlement efforts.
Preserving Pluralism and Diversity in the Nineveh Region
On November 30, the Holy See Mission will sponsor a side event at UN Headquarters, together with the Knights of Columbus and the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee (NRC), focusing on preserving pluralism and diversity in the Nineveh Region of Iraq.
Pope Francis and the Pursuit of Peace in Colombia
The event highlighted the message Pope Francis brought to the country when he visited in early September: that all parties must take the first step in reconciliation to heal the wounds of the country’s 52-year conflict, which ended with the signing of the Final Peace Accord between the Colombia Government and Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) in November 2016.
Leaders Discuss the Importance of Dialogue and Encounter at Holy See Event
On October 13, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN sponsored a side event entitled “The Other is a Good for Me: The role of interreligious and intercultural dialogue in addressing violence, conflict and building lasting peace in the world today.”
World Leaders Call for Protection of Persecuted Religious Minorities at Holy See Event
Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States, said protecting religious minorities is one of the most urgent responsibilities of the international community, since recent data shows severe violations against religious freedom are occurring in 27 countries around the world.
Remarks from the 2017 Prayer Service
On September 11, Bishop John Barres, Secretary General António Guterres, President Miroslav Lajčák of the General Assembly, and Fr. Gerald Murray delivered remarks at the annual prayer service sponsored by Holy See Mission for the UN Diplomatic Community and personnel, together with religious and ecumenical leaders in the New York area on the occasion of the opening of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly. Read their remarks here.
Join Us for the Annual Prayer Service
On the occasion of the opening of the annual session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations traditionally sponsors a Prayer Service for the United Nations Diplomatic Community and personnel, together with religious and ecumenical leaders in the New York area.
25th Annual Path to Peace Gala spotlights Syria in Honoring Cardinal Zenari
On May 24, the Path to Peace Foundation honored two peacebuilders at the 25th Path to Peace Gala. More than 500 attendees witnessed Cardinal Mario Zenari, Papal Nuncio to Syria, receive the Path to Peace Award for his courageous commitment to the people of the war-torn country.
Statement on The Centenary of Fatima and the Enduring Relevance of Its Message of Peace
It is a great joy for me personally and for the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to be collaborating with the Permanent Mission of Portugal to the UN to host this commemorative event in anticipation of tomorrow’s 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Fatima apparitions.
Event on the Centenary of Fatima and the Enduring Relevance of its Message of Peace
On May 12, the eve of the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, 600 people joined the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN and the Permanent Mission of Portugal at the UN for a commemorative event.
Raphael Event Highlights the Importance of Artistic Beauty in the Mission of the UN
On May 10, diplomats, art enthusiasts and world-renowned art experts gathered at the UN to pay tribute to the work of Italian Renaissance artist Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, known more commonly as Raphael, who is responsible for much of the most celebrated works in the Vatican Museums
Beauty Will Save the World: Art in the Service of Nations and the Common Good
we believe that artistic beauty is not extraneous to the purposes of the United Nations. It is, rather, central to the formation of a culture without which the lofty goals to advance peace, foster sustainable development, and protect and advance human dignity and rights cannot be achieved. After all, isn’t beauty the superabundance of truth and goodness?
The Means of Woman's Full Flourishing through Her Many Forms of Work Discussed at Holy See Event
Archbishop Bernardito Auza said the international community and private institutions must work together to promote women’s natural desires to have a family and to work, by adapting the workplace and culture to allow women to flourish.
Experts explore, promote and defend Pope Francis' Peace Message
Responding to Pope Francis’ January 1 message for the Fiftieth World Day of Peace, experts on global peacemaking and peacebuilding called upon the international community to find creative and practical ways to resolve conflict with nonviolence at a March 2 event entitled Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace.
2017 Path to Peace Gala Dinner
Please join us for the 26th Anniversary Path to Peace Gala Dinner on Wednesday, May 24 at the Pierre Hotel. The 2017 Path to Peace Award will be presented during the dinner to Mario Cardinal Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio to Syria in recognition of his work defending Christians and other victims in the Middle East.
Holy Father's Message to Diplomats
His address focused on the theme of peace and security, noting that 100 years ago, the First World War was well under way, and increasing in global destruction. He praised the international community's collaboration at the United Nations' World Humanitarian Summit and the Summit for Refugees and Migrants, emphasizing the suffering faced by migrants
Pope Francis Encouraged Business Leaders to Leave No One Behind
Pope Francis on Saturday greeted participants of the Fortune-Time Global Forum, which brings together Fortune 500 and Time 100 leaders, who discussed technology, jobs, global health, food and water, commitment to communities, energy and the environment, and financial inclusion.
The Path to Peace Foundation Celebrates Silver Anniversary and Honors the Knights of Columbus
Upon receiving the award, Anderson said, “The ones most deserving of an award, and of all the support we can give them, are the Christians in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria. The Christian witness of mercy and forgiveness is the true path to peace in the Middle East.”
Countering Violent Extremism through Schooling
On September 20, the Holy See co-sponsored a high-level panel discussion entitled “Countering and Preventing Violent Extremism through Education,” together with the Permanent Missions of Albania, the U.S., Jordan, Morocco to the United Nations and UNESCO. The event took place at UN Headquarters in New York City.
The Role of Religious Leaders in the Exercise of the Responsibility to Protect
On September 20, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations hosted a Ministerial Side Event entitled “Upholding the Responsibility to Protect: The Role of Religious Leaders in Preventing Atrocity Crimes,” along with the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect and The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.
Holy See Event Spotlights Religious Organizations’ Response to Migrants and Refugees
On September 19, during the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, together with the International Catholic Migration Commission and Caritas Internationalis, sponsored a High-Level Side Event entitled “Responsibility and Solution Sharing: The Role of Religious Organizations in Responding to Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants.”
Cardinal Parolin Statement on Fighting Radicalization and Extremism through Education
Faith-based communities’ educational efforts not only form men and women in religious practice, but can also form them to be responsible citizens. This is especially important if we are to counter destructive narratives that engender radicalization and extremism.
The Role of Religious Leaders in Preventing Atrocities
The issue which we are about to consider is particularly urgent. Genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity continue to affect different areas of the planet, while the memory of the atrocities committed in the past, recent and remote, is still alive in the conscience of humanity.
Cardinal Parolin: The Role of Religious Organizations in Responding to Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development pledges to “leave no one behind.” Among those left behind are the tens of millions of refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons in our world today.
Archbishop Wenski Challenges UN Community Not to Be Indifferent to Refugees and Migrants
ith refugees and displaced peoples hitting record numbers around the world, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski called on diplomats gathered for the opening of the 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York to rise to the challenge of this “humanitarian disaster.”
Celebrating and Learning from Mother Teresa at Holy See UN Event
During a series of events at the UN following Mother Teresa’s September 4 canonization by Pope Francis, those who knew her said that she exemplifies the virtues that all those working for peace, to leave no one behind, and to lift the poor out of extreme poverty need to achieve those noble objectives.
Religious Leaders and Responsibility to Protect
The Responsibility to Protect - known as R2P - is an international norm that seeks to ensure that the international community never again fails to halt the atrocity crimes — genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. It was unanimously adopted in 2005 at the UN World Summit, the largest gathering of Heads of State and Government in history.
Responsibility and solution sharing
On Monday, September 19, 2016, from 11:30 to 1 pm in Conference Room 11 of the United Nations Headquarters, The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, together with the International Catholic Migration Commission and Caritas Internationalis, is sponsoring a High-Level Side Event entitled “Responsibility and Solution Sharing: The Role of Religious Organizations in Responding to Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants.”
Prayer Service To Pray for Migrants and Refugees
This year the Prayer Service will take place Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Family, 315 East 47th Street in Manhattan, a block from the United Nations. Prayers will be offered in gratitude for all that the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly has been able to achieve, and for the success of the 71st Session of the General Assembly.
Commemorate the Canonization of Mother Teresa
In commemoration of her canonization by Pope Francis on September 4 in the Vatican, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See, together with ADF International, are hosting three events to provide the opportunity to focus on the legacy of her words, witness, and life.
Holy See Mission holds Conference describing its work at the UN
On July 27, more than 100 bishops, priests and faithful from the Province of Bohol, Philippines, gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City to learn about the role of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See at the United Nations.
Holy See event seeks to combat roots of trafficking children
Experts called for greater awareness and stronger policies to combat the roots of human trafficking among children and youth at a July 13 event at the UN sponsored by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See in collaboration with the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons, the Salesians Missions, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, and ECPAT-USA.
Conference on the Importance of Motherhood and Fatherhood
On Wednesday, June 1, from 3-5 pm at the United Nations, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See will be hosting a special conference on the importance of fatherhood and motherhood for the integral development of men, women, children and society.
Victims and Experts Unite to Defend Persecuted Christians at Holy See UN Event
Survivors, advocates of those persecuted by violent extremists because of religious belief and experts on genocide united on April 28 at an event entitled "Defending Religious Freedom and Other Human Rights: Stopping Mass Atrocities Against Christians and Other Believers," sponsored by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN at the Economic and Social Chamber of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on April 28.
Defending Religious Freedom and Other Human Rights: Stopping Mass Atrocities Against Christians and Other Believers
On April 28, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN, together with co-sponsors CitizensGo, MasLibres and In Defense of Christians, will be hosting a side-event dedicated to defending the right to religious freedom.
Holy See hosts event on ending human trafficking by 2030
On April 7, more than 500 attendees and 20 speakers gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York for a major conference the Holy See Mission convened on the theme of “Ending Human Trafficking by 2030: The Role of Global Partnerships in Eradicating Modern Slavery."
Holy See Mission sponsors event promoting greater visibility of migrants
At an April 12 event sponsored by the Mission of the Holy See to the UN entitled “Migration, Population and the 2030 Agenda” experts on immigration said migrants and refugees need greater visibility because many times they fall through the cracks and fail to be counted.
Holy See Side Event focuses on sexual violence against women in conflict situations
On March 22, those who care for victims of rape and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Iraq shared stories of the horrors sexual violence women endure in regions of conflict and urged the international community for assistance at a side event hosted by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York during the Commission on the Status of Women.
Holy See Event Promotes Holistic Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
New technologies in sexual and reproductive healthcare give women greater access to choose holistic and affordable options to manage an array of medical issues, including fertility, according to women’s healthcare professionals at a UN event.
Introductory Statement At The Event of the Permanent Observer Mission co-sponsored by the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) entitled: Nostra Aetate, Accomplishment and the Next 50 Years: Catholic-Jewish Relations as a Paradigm for Dialogue, Cooperation and the Pursuit of Peace
Papal Nuncio Explains the Church's Mission at the UN to Dunwoodie Seminarians
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, addressed more than 100 seminarians from St. Joseph's Seminary of Yonkers, NY, during their Aug. 27 visit to the United Nations headquarters.
Caritas Agencies and Governments Cooperating to Achieve Goal 2 and Goal 14: Implementing the Agenda 2030 in Kenya and Oceania
The Holy See is very happy to be sponsoring this Side Event during the 2017 High Level Political Forum together with Caritas Internationalis, which gives us the opportunity to focus on the important and truly life-changing development work of Caritas Kenya, Caritas Oceania and the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD) in Kenya and Oceania.
The World's Smallest Army: The Colorful History and Intriguing Present of the Pontifical Swiss Guard Protecting the Pope
The Catholic Church and Climate Change
watch the videos from the interventions during the September, 26 2015 side event