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.
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The current "culture of conflict" is an indication that schools and universities need to create conditions that will develop "a new humanism" and "rebuild a spirit of fraternity among people and nations," Cardinal Pietro Parolin said.
"The current context of hatred and contempt among people is constituted by a radical rejection of humanity in the other," said Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, on Wednesday. "The acceptance of diversity is therefore fundamental for mutual respect and for the freedom to express one's own ideas and religious convictions."
"Throughout the debate and the discussion, we did ask people to try to be respectful and inoffensive in language," Archbishop Eamon Martin said.