Francis is visiting the former Soviet republic June 24-26, with plans to meet leaders of the Armenian Apostolic church.
Use of the death penalty is an unacceptable practice that sows vengeance and does not bring justice to the victims of crime, Pope Francis said.
Assist and accompany refugees while working to build peace in the world, Pope Francis urged on the eve of World Refugee Day.
Using the word "genocide" to describe the persecution of Christians in the Middle East risks downplaying the courage of those who boldly profess faith in Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis said June 16 the validity of marriage implies that a couple understands that sacramental marriage is a bond binding them to another for their entire lives.
Meeting with acrobats, clowns, carnival workers, street performers, musicians and magicians, Pope Francis thanked the artists for bringing beauty and joy to an often dark, sad world.
Distinctly Catholic: I have questions for the bishops as the USCCB meets this week in California, on the topics of religious liberty, LGBT issues, immigration and the bishops' conference itself.
The Vatican's congregation for religious life is contacting the orders to clarify "some points" following the controversial six-year investigation of U.S. communities of women religious.
Vatican: In its first document since the pope's election, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has called on Catholic bishops and lay movements to respect one another.