In a "humanitarian and ecumenical gesture," not a political one, Pope Francis was to join Orthodox leaders in personally meeting with hundreds of refugees and migrants stranded in Greece.
"There is no 'just war,'" the some 80 participants of the conference state in an appeal they released April 14.
NCR Today: The Council of Cardinals has begun organizing a general overview for the full restructuring of the Roman Curia.
Pope Francis has called on conference participants to reflect on how to enliven and strengthen the role of active non-violence in the face of aggression or conflict.
Italian Archbishop Carlo Viganò will be succeeded by French Archbishop Christophe Pierre.
NCR Today: Archbishop Carlo Viganò encouraged American seminarians studying in Rome to be "courageous in always defending the freedom to put our Catholic faith into practice without fear."
Amoris Laetitia: Pope Francis departs from recent pastoral practice, asking clergy to embrace God's grace at work in difficult and unconventional situations families face.
Members of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee said anti-Semitism was still thriving in the world and increasing Christian persecution demanded a stronger outcry. Committee members underlined that "anti-Semitism is real."
Pope Francis will make a flash visit to the Greek island of Lesbos next week with Patriarch Bartholomew in a joint ecumenical sign of solidarity with refugees.
Pope Francis blessed the eyes of an American girl who suffers from a genetic condition that will make her blind, in a visit to the Vatican.