The 79-year-old American politician was the first government official to have a private audience at the Vatican with Pope Francis since his release from the hospital.
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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and climate envoy John Kerry will take part in the conference, entitled ‘Dreaming of a Better Restart.’
Kerry is currently in Rome for the three-day ‘Mediterranean Dialogues’ meeting, which this year runs ends Dec. 3.
Kerry announced at a March 17 news conference, ‘In my judgment, Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims.’
The chairman of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace had lauded progress toward reopening the embassies as a “positive development” in a June 22 letter to members of Congress.
NEWS ANALYSIS: The Vatican secretary of state and his U.S. counterpart, John Kerry, had spoken often in the past year, a Vatican source said.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin and John Kerry reportedly discussed tensions in the Middle East and the possible closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
Religious-freedom advocates are pressing the Obama administration to demand U.S. citizen Saeed Abedini’s release before coming to any nuclear agreement with Iran.