"We congratulate the new president and hope his governance may truly be fruitful," said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's secretary of state, speaking Wednesday in a brief interview.
Colombia's Catholic bishops urged the government and armed rebels to commit to an indefinite cease-fire while a new peace deal is negotiated.
The Nobel committee chose Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as winner of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin said prayer and "healthy realism" are needed to ensure progress in Vatican-Chinese relations.
Remembering the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice, France, Pope Francis prayed that God give comfort to grieving families and foil future plans to harm others.
A new Vatican magazine will give attention to women's voices, something that has been missing in the church despite women's important role in announcing the Gospel, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
The Italian Senate legalized same-sex unions but those opposed to the bill succeeded in stripping a key component of the proposed law regarding family rights for gays.
COP21 -- The presentation of the 29-page draft text still harbors numerous bracketed phrases, indicating still up-for-debate issues. Talks will continue through Friday.
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At the climate change conference in Paris, Cardinal Pietro Parolin told attendees that the high-stakes gathering does not represent the end or start of action, but the path forward.