About the Holy See Mission

The Holy See Mission at the United Nations in New York follows attentively and with interest the work of the United Nations Organization. In this forum, the Holy See Mission communicates the centuries’ experience of the Catholic Church to humanity, and places this experience at the disposal of the United Nations to assist it in its realization of peace, justice, human dignity and humanitarian cooperation and assistance.

The experience and activity of the Holy See is directed towards attaining freedom for every believer and seeks to increase the protection of the rights of every person, rights which are grounded and shaped by the transcendent nature of the person, which permit men and women to pursue their journey of faith and their search for God in this world.

In its activities at the United Nations, the Holy See Mission works to advance freedom of religion and respect for the sanctity of all human life - from conception to natural death - and thus all aspects of authentic human development including, for example, marriage and family, the primary role of parents, adequate employment, solidarity with the poor and suffering, ending violence against women and children, poverty eradication, food, basic healthcare and education.


A Short History of the Diplomacy of The Holy See

Explanation of the Status of The Holy See at the United Nations

U.N. General Assembly Resolution A/58/314
Participation of the Holy See in the work of the United Nations

16 July 2004

U.N. General Assembly Resolution A/58/871
Participation of the Holy See in the work of the United Nations

16 August 2004

Speech by H.E. Archbishop Celestino Migliore
Permanent Observer of the Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations
at the General Assembly

1 July 2004

The Blessing and Dedication of the Offices of The Holy See Mission


Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations

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