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Faith and diplomacy: Hackett reflects on role as US envoy to Vatican

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Ken Hackett, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, is gearing up to try retirement for the second time. The retired president of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops' overseas aid agency, is leaving his ambassadorial post three years and three months after presenting his credentials to Pope Francis.

For diplomats from around the world, the Vatican is known as a prime "listening post," and what Hackett is listening to a lot these days are questions about what President-elect Donald Trump has in store.

Nonviolence proponents meet with Vatican foreign minister Archbishop Gallagher

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Several representatives of groups that participated in a landmark Vatican meeting last spring to reevaluate the Catholic church’s long-held just war theory met with church officials in Rome again this week, including the archbishop who serves as the Vatican’s foreign minister.

Members of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative -- a project that includes groups such as Pax Christi International, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, and umbrella groups of men and women religious -- also met with an archbishop working for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Pope meets with Colombian leaders at odds on peace deal

Pope Francis meets with leaders of Colombia: Pope Francis met with the current and former presidents of Colombia, two leading figures in the country at opposite sides of a controversial peace agreement that puts an end to a decades-long civil war. President Juan Manuel Santos and former president Alvaro Uribe met individually and together with Pope Francis Dec. 16 at the Vatican.

Pope: World needs nonviolent responses to social, political problems

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Pope Francis to diplomats: In a world marked by war, conflict and widespread violence even in people's day-to-day life, "the choice of nonviolence as a style of life is increasingly demanded in the exercise of responsibility at every level, from family education, to social and civil commitment, to political activity and international relations," he said.

Council of Cardinals discusses role of laity in the church

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The group of cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the Catholic church's central bureaucracy spent their latest meeting focusing on the roles of the Vatican offices that interact with foreign governments, oversee the church in missionary territories, consider which priests are appointed bishops, and work with Eastern rite churches.

Pope writes to Syrian president, pleading for peace and aid corridors

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Syria: Pope Francis urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to do everything possible to end the war in his country, to protect civilians and to ensure humanitarian agencies can deliver emergency aid to the people.Syria's SANA news agency reported Assad met Dec. 12 with new Cardinal Mario Zenari, the papal nuncio to Syria, and that the cardinal delivered a letter from the pope.

Pope remembers Opus Dei head as 'paternal and generous' witness

Bishop Javier Echevarria passed away Dec. 12: Pope Francis expressed condolences to the members of Opus Dei following the death of Bishop Javier Echevarria, who led the prelature for over 20 years. Expressing his condolences, Francis said Echevarria, like his predecessors, "gave his life in a constant service of love to the church and to souls."

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