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Politics 08-04-2022

How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ended Vatican’s multilateral foreign policy

The Vatican City's multilateral approach to foreign policy has ended with the war in Ukraine as Pope Francis takes an increasingly anti-Putin stance, Vatican expert Piero Schiavazzi told EURACTIV.
Politics 09-04-2021

EU founding father Schuman moves closer to sainthood

Robert Schuman, one of the founding fathers of the European Union and a devout if discreet Catholic, will soon take the first step towards sainthood, a top Vatican official told AFP.
Languages & Culture 15-03-2020

Papal Easter events to be held without faithful attending, Vatican says

All of Pope Francis’ Easter services next month will be held without the faithful attending due to the coronavirus outbreak, Vatican said on Sunday, in a step believed to be unprecedented in modern times. The services, four days of major...
Freedom of thought 27-06-2018

Pope and Macron hold ‘intense’ meeting at Vatican

French President Emmanuel Macron held an "intense" meeting with Pope Francis during his first official visit to the Vatican yesterday (26 June), discussing global issues including the fate of migrants coming to Europe.
Enlargement 25-10-2016

Kosovo still dreams of EU and NATO membership

Kosovo's foreign affairs minister has reaffirmed his country's ambitions to join both NATO and the European Union, in an interview with EURACTIV Spain.
Global Europe 09-02-2016

Pope says he angered Merkel with ‘grandmother Europe’ comment

Pope Francis has revealed that he received an angry phone call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel after he compared Europe to a "barren woman", in an interview published Monday (8 February).
Rome, Vatican city
Brexit 21-01-2016

Vatican, Goldman Sachs throw weight behind ‘In’ campaign

The Vatican voiced hope that Britain will stay in the European Union following a referendum this year or next, while Goldman Sachs offered  a "substantial six-figure sum" to a group campaigning for Britain to stay.

Paris to host COP 21 dry run

The international climate negotiations will gain momentum this week with an informal meeting in Paris. The EU and Norway hope to inspire negotiators with greater ambition. EURACTIV France reports
Climate change 28-04-2015

Pope calls for action on migrants and climate change

Pope Francis and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced their shock on Tuesday over migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, and agreed on the need for tackling global warming, just weeks before the Vatican issues an official opinion on the controversy.
Enlargement 13-04-2015

Turkey fumes at Pope’s Armenia genocide comments

Pope Francis sparked a diplomatic row on Sunday (12 April) by calling the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians 100 years ago "the first genocide of the 20th century", prompting Turkey to accuse him of inciting hatred.
Development Policy 23-01-2015

Melinda Gates suggests Vatican should approve modern contraceptives

Challenged to comment on Pope Francis' recent comment that Catholics shouldn’t “breed like rabbits”, Melinda Gates told a Brussels audience that women in developing countries should be educated, and use modern methods of contraception in family planning.
Languages & Culture 14-03-2013

EU leaders wish Pope Francis strength to promote ‘values’

The leaders of the European institutions sent messages of congratulations to newly elected Pope Francis. Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina becomes the first Latin American to lead the troubled Roman Catholic Church.