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    Working With the Vatican Against Modern Slavery

  • President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation for the Canonization Mass of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

    President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation for the Canonization Mass of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

  • Ambassador Hackett on the tragic death of Dutch priest Rev. Frans van der Lugt in Syria

    Ambassador Hackett on the tragic death of Dutch priest Rev. Frans van der Lugt in Syria

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    Ambassador’s blog: President Obama and Pope Francis Share a Message of Hope

  • President Obama’s Meeting with Pope Francis

    President Obama’s Meeting with Pope Francis

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  • Earth Day
    Earth Day

    Vatican City, April 22, 2013 -- The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See is part of the League of Green Embassies, a global network of over ninety diplomatic missions formulating a common agenda for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation. On Earth Day, our entire staff will renew their commitment to walking, biking, or using public transportation only to work.  

  • Embassy supports American Indian cultural event in Rome
    Embassy supports American Indian cultural event in Rome

    Rome, April 16, 2013 -- Following the canonization last October of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See developed a photo exhibit in conjunction with the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions and the Vatican Ethnography Museum to showcase the history and diversity of American Indians. The exhibit, which was displayed at the Vatican Museums for a month, is presently on display at John Cabot University in Rome, and was featured in a student presentation about the Navajo nation. 

  • President Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Father Emil Kapaun
    President Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Father Emil Kapaun

    Washington, April 11, 2013 -- Today in the East Room, President Obama told the story of Emil Kapaun, an Army Chaplain from Kansas who served in the US Army during the Korean War.  

  • USCIRF Issues Executive Branch Roadmap for International Religious Freedom
    USCIRF Issues Executive Branch Roadmap for International Religious Freedom

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission dedicated to monitoring the universal right to freedom of religion or belief, urges the Obama Administration during its second term to promote religious freedom as both a pivotal human right and a practical necessity. Read the full press release here

  • Vice President Biden: A Good Omen
    Vice President Biden: A Good Omen

    Vatican City, March 19, 2013 -- In the second installment of the audio series "Being Biden," Vice President Joe Biden tells the story behind a photo taken at St. Peter's Basilica, just after the Inauguration Mass. 

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Trafficking in Persons Report 2013

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2012 Int'l Religious Freedom Report

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