Miguel Ayuso Guixot
The Vatican has called on Catholics and Buddhists to work together to teach wider society the value of a nonviolent lifestyle.
The Vatican and Sunni Islam's leading institution of higher learning have begun looking for ways to restart formal dialogue.
Pope Francis confirmed the head of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and named among its new members Australian Cardinal George Pell, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, and Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis.
The Vatican announced Saturday that the pope confirmed Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz as prefect of the congregation, the Vatican office that oversees the world's religious orders.