U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden is scheduled to speak April 29, in what appears to be a first for such a high-ranking American government official.
The conference will bring some 80 experts to Rome with the aim of developing a new moral framework that rejects ethical justifications for war.
The Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis is considering making a trip to Greece, just as the country has begun deporting migrants to Turkey.
NCR Today: German Cardinal Walter Kasper said the global Catholic church should recognize God's presence more in our brothers and sisters.
Rome: "How do you say the truth without wounding mercy? How do you be merciful without omitting the truth?"
A poll, published in the liberal daily L'Unita on March 29, challenges long-held perceptions that Italy is a "Catholic" country.
ROME: Pope Francis laments the "cowardly and senseless" killings of at least 70 people, mostly Christians, celebrating the Easter holiday in a public park in Pakistan on Sunday.
An Italian bishop has clashed with priests who want to invite Muslims to pray inside their churches in a bid to promote tolerance in a diocese in Tuscany.
ROME: Francis celebrated the beginning of the fourth year of his pontificate with an evocative summary of his first three, preaching on Jesus' mercy.
Pope Francis said the 16 killed in Yemen Friday were victims also of a global system on indifference to violence and peoples' needs.