Below are all the Press Releases of the Holy See Mission starting with the most recent ones. You can filter by years and Press Releases will appear if they meet any of the year(s) selected. Statements from the Holy See Mission can be found here.
On September 20, 2017, at the United Nations building in New York, H.E. Msgr. Paul Richard Gallagher, secretary for Relations with States, signed for the Holy See and also in the name of and behalf of Vatican City State, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Intervention on Interfaith harmony – promoting inter-religious dialogue and tolerance, as well as a culture of peace
On May 6, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention during the High Level Conversation of the UN General Assembly on Religious for Peace, focusing on “Interfaith Harmony: Promoting Interreligious dialogue and tolerance as well as a culture of peace.”
On April 14, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention during the Security Council Open Debate dedicated to “Threats to International Peace and Security by Terrorist Acts.”
On April 13, The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN gave an intervention during the 49th Session of the Commission on Population and Development on Agenda Item 4, dedicated to “Strengthening the demographic evidence base for the post-2015 development agenda.”
Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace, and Security; The role of women in conflict prevention and resolution in Africa
On March 28, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention during the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on “Women, peace and security: The role of women in conflict prevention and resolution in Africa.”
On March 18, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention during the deliberations of the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations dedicated to “Women’s Empowerment and the Link to Sustainable Development.”
Security Council Open Debate on The Charter of the United Nationsas Key Element for the Maintenance of International Peace and Security
On February 15, The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN gave an intervention during the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on The Respect to the Principles and Purposes of the Charter of the United Nations as Key element for the Maintenance of International Peace and Security.
On February 8, The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN gave an intervention during the 54th Session of the Commission for Social Development on Agenda Item 3a, dedicated to “Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world.”
On November 10, The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN gave an intervention during the deliberations of the Fourth Committee of the 70th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on Agenda Item 54, dedicated to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refuges in the Near East (UNRWA).
On October 30, The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN gave an intervention during the deliberations of the Third Committee of the 70th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on Agenda Item 72 (b,c), dedicated to the “The Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.”
On October 28, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention before the Second Committee of the 70th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on Agenda Item 18, which is dedicated to “Macroeconomic Policy Questions.”
On October 20, The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN gave an intervention before the Sixth Committee of the 70th Session of the General Assembly on Agenda Item 86, which concerns “The Scope and Application of the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction.”
On October 16, The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN gave an intervention before the Sixth Committee of the 70th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on Agenda item 85 concerning “The rule of law at the national and international levels.”
On October 14, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention before the Sixth Committee of the 70th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on Agenda item 108: "Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism."
On October 13, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention before the United Nation’s Security Council during an open debate on Resolution 1325 which links, for the first time, women, armed conflict, peace and security.
Statement of H.E. Archbishop Francis Chullikatt Apostolic Nuncio Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Organization of American States Organization of American States (OAS) Forty-Third Regular Session of the General Assembly “Towards a Comprehensive Anti-Drug Policy in the Americas” (La Antigua, Guatemala, June 4-6, 2013)
“The challenges of the fight against terrorism in Africa in the context of maintaining international peace and security”
Statement of the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations on the occasion of the Security Council’s debate on “The challenges of the fight against terrorism in Africa in the context of maintaining international peace and security”
The Holy See Accedes to the UN Conventionon Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons
The Holy See, acting also in the name and on behalf of the Vatican City State, acceded to the 1973 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents.
Holy See Sponsors Rio +20 Side Event on Agriculture and Sustainable Societies: Food Security, Land and Solidarity
On Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 13:30-15:00, the Holy See and its co-sponsors, CARITAS Internationalis, Franciscans International and the Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (CIDSE) will host a parallel event on the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) entitled: Agriculture and Sustainable Societies: Food Security, Land and Solidarity at the RioCentro Conference center in Rio de Janeiro, Conference room T-8.
During this week-long convening of the 45th Session of the Conference on Population and Development, the Holy See drew attention to the “disconcerting trend... on the part of some to downplay the role of parents in the upbringing of their children, as if to suggest somehow that it is not the role of parents, but that of the State”.
Pope Benedict sent telegrams to the heads of state of the countries he is scheduled to fly over as he makes his way to Mexico, the first leg of his Latin American trip. These countries are Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Greenland (Kingdom of Denmark), Canada, and the United States of America. In his telegrams, he assured the leaders of his prayers and best wishes for the people of their nations.
The Holy Father has sent a telegram of condolence, through Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B., to Archbishop Andre-Mutien Leonard of Mechelen-Brussels, Belgium, for the victims of a coach accident in Sierre. Switzerland, in which twenty-eight people lost their lives, twenty-two of them Belgian children on a school outing.
In a telegram released Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his “spiritual closeness and condolences” to the victims of last Saturday’s train wreck in Poland. He prayed for Divine Mercy and eternal life for those who died, for a speedy recovery for the injured; and for courage and peace for those who are suffering on account of the accident.
Calling attention to the women in rural areas who “oftentimes work in deplorable situations against odds that defy imagination: long hours of unpaid work, unhygienic situations, poor nutrition, lack of access to water, limited access to healthcare, discrimination and exposure to violence, including against pregnant mothers” the Holy See today insisted that “women, and in particular rural women, should be given the recognition that is due to them and they should be able to make an impact on the world around them”
The Pope made reference to the force of evil which, in today's world, also emerges "in two great powers which are good and useful in themselves but easily open to abuse: the power of finance and the power of the media. Both are necessary, both are useful, but so subject to misuse that they often go against their true goals".
"Holy See and Her Majesty’s Government agreed on the urgent need for action to strengthen the universal commitment to religious freedom as a fundamental human right, and to its practical application with a view to promoting respect for all religions in all countries. The Holy See and the British government look forward to working together to combat intolerance and discrimination based on religion, wherever it is manifest."
"It is with great concern that I am following the dramatic and increasing violence in Syria. In recent days there have been many victims, some of them children. I recall them all in my prayers, just as I do the wounded and those who are suffering the consequences of an increasingly worrying conflict."
On Friday, February 3, 2012 1:15 to 2:45 p.m., the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See Mission, and its co-sponsors, New Humanity and the International Association of the Economy of Communion will host a parallel event on the occasion of the United Nations Commission on Social Development entitled: The Economy of Communion in Freedom: Ongoing Developments in the Fight for the Eradication of Poverty.
The Holy See, acting also in the name and on behalf of the Vatican City State, ratified the “United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances” of 20 December 1988 which was signed by the Holy See on the same date. Moreover, the Holy See acceded to the “International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism” of 9 December 1999 and to the “United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime” of 15 November 2000.
On Thursday 27 October from 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See, with co-sponsorship of The Path to Peace Foundation, will host a panel discussion on the newly-released book Psychological and Political Strategies for Peace Negotiation: A Cognitive Approach in Conference Room 6 of the North Lawn Building at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States, received the doctoral hood and diploma of St. John’s University at an evening ceremony on Monday the 26th. During the annual Vincentian Convocation, Rev. Donald Harrington, President of St. John’s, awarded the Honorary Doctor of Laws to the Archbishop, citing his extensive work promoting peace and representing the Apostolic See.
Insisting that “each and every young person should be able to... grow and learn... free from all violence and discord... in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding”, the Holy See took the floor of the General Assembly Hall on the final day of the United Nations High-level Meeting on Youth...
The Holy See will sponsor a side event during this month’s United Nations High-level Meeting on Youth. The event, entitled “Youth Protecting and Promoting Human Dignity,” will take place on Monday, July 25th from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the auditorium of the Church of Holy Family, located at 315 East 47th Street between First and Second Avenues, and will feature five young speakers who will discuss how they and their organizations protect and promote human dignity.
The Holy See Delegation Cites Extensive Experience and Recent Studies in Promotion of Abstinence and ART to Halt the Spread of HIV and AIDS
Professor Jane Adolphe, Associate Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law and a member of the Holy See Delegation, addressed this afternoon the United Nations General Assembly on the closing day of the UN High-level meeting on HIV/AIDS...
Instead of eliminating poor people in an attempt to eliminate poverty, governments ought to "focus... resources on providing the promised development assistance to the approximately 920 million people living on less than $1.25 per day".
PrepCom for UN Conference on Sustainable Development: Greening the Economy Should Not Disregard Human Dignity
Programs and policies for pursuing the goal of a “green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication” should not forget that the purpose of development is integral human development and that “human beings are and must remain at the center of our concern”.
Social Development and poverty eradication must incorporate "political, economic, ethical and spiritual" dimensions, according to the Holy See Mission. In a speech today at the United Nations, Archbishop Francis Chullikatt stated that “the deepest needs of the human person” go far beyond food, water and shelter. Authentic social development hinges on respect for the dignity of each human person.
Clarification Catholic Church’s teaching on the use of Condoms does not change; Pope Benedict XVI comments on first steps toward moral behavior
The German journalist Peter Seewald conducted a weeklong series of interviews with Pope Benedict XVI on various issues, including the use of condoms and the Church’s approach to the pandemic of AIDS. The interviews are being published in a book under the title Light of the World by Ignatius Press.
Taking up the priority theme of the Fifty-fifth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women “Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work", the Holy See insisted that education needs to be guided by "values rooted in the natural law common to humanity".