Kerry says Islamic State is committing genocide against minorities

WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that atrocities carried out by the Islamic State group against Yezidis, Christians and other minorities were genocide, the first U.S. declaration of genocide since Sudanese actions in Darfur in 2004. Kerry said he was not judge and jury, but the Islamic State had self-defined itself…

U.S. Sec. Kerry congratulates Pope Francis on 3rd anniversary

(Vatican Radio) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has extended official congratulations to Pope Francis on the occasion of the third anniversary of the Holy Father’s election to the See of Peter. In a press statement released through the Dept. of State, Sec. Kerry thanks Pope Francis for his role in renewing his country’s diplomatic…

Kerry asks Vatican for help in relocating Guantanamo detainees

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Vatican counterpart Dec. 15, and asked him to support the Obama administration’s efforts to close the U.S. detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, met with Kerry for an hour, according to Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi,…