Mennonites from ten countries are about to travel to Rome for continuing consultations on Mennonite-Catholic dialogue and peacemaking. In the past Anabaptists groups like the Mennonites were victims of violence and prescriptions by state churches in Europe.
Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, the Vatican's permanent observer to the Office of the United Nations and Specialized Institutions in Geneva, spoke of the need for compassionate support of refugees during the 58th session the UN High Commission for Refugees executive last week.
Pope Benedict has used the occasion of the official receipt of the credentials for the new Italian ambassador to the Holy See to issue a defence of the alliance of church and state, an arrangement facing increasing criticism in a plural, post-Christendom Europe.
Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States, has called on the 62nd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, currently being held in New York, for a consistent ethic of life in relation to development, poverty, ecology and human dignity.
Beijing's new Catholic bishop, 42-year-old Joseph Li Shan, reported to have the approval of both the Vatican and the Chinese government, says he will help the development of a "harmonious society". Government officials in say religion can play an important role in building such a society.
African religious leaders meeting in the Libyan capital Tripoli from 27 to 30 August 2007 have praised a more than 25-year-long dialogue between Libya and the Vatican as a positive contribution to good relations between Christianity and Islam.
With Evangelical and Pentecostal representatives joining an 8-12 August consultation in Toulouse, the joint Vatican-WCC study process on religious conversion has moved one step closer to its goal of a common code of conduct.
US-based Jewish groups have praised a Vatican declaration that it will consider the elimination of a prayer of conversion that exists in the Catholic Church's traditional Latin Mass, and that has caused much offence.
The Vatican has issued a specialised 'Ten Commandments' for motorists to help them avoid road rage, to make sure their vehicles are safe, and to ensure that they do not put other road users' lives at risk.