On June 7, Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's foremost institution based in Cairo, extended an olive branch to Pope Francis through Mahmoud Abdel Gawad, diplomatic envoy to the grand imam of Al-Azhar hoping to reconcile the contentious relationship between the Islamic institution and the Vatican.
Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations, discussed the Holy See's commitment to formulating a new, comprehensive approach to anti-drug policies in the Americas during a three-day session of the Organization of American States' General Assembly in Antigua.
Current policies surrounding drug abuse, addiction and related crimes must be transformed to hold perpetrators responsible and encourage individuals and communities to make better decisions, he said.
Pro-life and other groups joined forces to denounce a bill governing end-of-life care introduced by the Quebec government Wednesday as a form of Belgian-style euthanasia.
"This is about doctors lethally injecting patients," said Alex Schadenberg, executive director of Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, echoing the concerns of several organizations, including the Catholic Organization for Life.
Schadenberg said the bill redefines palliative care to include "terminal medical sedation" and "medical aid in dying," which he called a euphemism for euthanasia.
Job creation must become a key component of any United Nations plan to lift people out of poverty around the world, the Vatican's observer to the United Nations told the International Labor Conference.
Speaking during a conference session Wednesday, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said 45 million to 50 million jobs will be needed annually over the next decade to keep up with the growth in the world's working-age population.
Look for strong turnout, robust media interest and unscripted moments when Jorge Mario Bergoglio makes his first trip abroad as Pope Francis when he arrives in Brazil in late July, according to a Brazilian writer and academic.
In the archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, final preparations are underway for the 2013 World Youth Day with Pope Francis July 23-28 around the sprawling Brazilian city.
A priest who directs the Jesuit Cultural Center in Alexandria, Egypt, blasted Western support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt during a visit to Parliament Hill.
Jesuit Fr. Henri Boulad, 82, a Melkite Catholic, singled out the United States, France and Great Britain for their support of the Islamist group, which he said has created a regime far worse than the military dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak that preceded it. He warned of looming catastrophe.
Essay: A forum on faith-based humanitarianism in May discussed the layers of complexity that come with such aid.
Shortages of basic goods have put bread and wine on the list of scarce products in Venezuela, a problem for its churches.
Archbishop Francis Chullikatt urged the U.N. to find "sustainable models of food security and nutrition" to end hunger for 1 billion people worldwide.
The Belgian Catholic bishops' conference has welcomed judicial condemnation of a 2010 police raid on the cathedral and residence of Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Mechelen-Brussels.