Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbaric violence" being committed in Islam's name against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as he arrived in neighbouring Turkey Friday for a delicate visit aimed at improving interfaith ties.
Pope Francis sought Thursday to inspire an old and "haggard" Europe to find its vigour and greatness once again, urging European governments to welcome migrants, care for the elderly and create jobs for the unemployed.
Pope Francis tenderly embraced children with autism spectrum disorders, some of whom avoided meeting his gaze, during an audience Saturday aimed at offering solidarity to people living with the condition.
Pope Francis has appointed the organizers for a second big Catholic Church meeting on family issues, keeping in positions of power the same clerics who drafted a revolutionary welcome to gays and divorced Catholics that was ultimately shot down by other bishops.
A pontiff who has long championed humble acts -- sneaking off to break bread with the homeless as an archbishop and washing the feet of young prisoners early in his papacy -- is coming to the City of Brotherly Love.
Pope Francis will host a luncheon for Filipino survivors of the deadly Typhoon Haiyan during his Jan. 12-19 visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, his second visit to Asia in a year that confirms the region is a priority for his pontificate.