About 20 diplomats from majority Muslim countries have been invited to a course on the Catholic Church's politics, the Pontifical Gregorian University's foundation said.
The course to begin Monday, called "The Catholic Church and the Holy See's International Politics," will continue until May 27, first in Rome, then in Turin, foundation president Father Franco Imoda said.
"It is about making the Holy See's diplomacy more understandable and providing elements to better understand the Church's functioning as an international institution," he said.
Imoda said the idea for the course arose before last year's controversy over Pope Benedict XVI's speech that many interpreted as linking Islam and violence. The speech triggered widespread outrage in the Muslim world.
Those invited to the conference are from Algeria, Albania, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria and Turkey.
A diplomat from Montenegro, which has a majority Orthodox population but a significant number of Muslims, as well, has also been invited.
The Pontifical Gregorian University, a Roman Catholic institution based in Rome, was founded in 1551 by St. Ignatius.
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