At an audience with young people, the pontiff also spoke of his own greatest personal spiritual struggle and a recipe for living to 92.
The world continues to be silent in the face of widespread persecution of Christians and other religious minorities, Pope Francis said.
Faith and Justice: In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis reflects on God, creation and the role of humanity in the divine plan.
Ken Hackett, The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See believes Pope Francis is traveling to the United States to challenge the country's people to live up to their ideals.
Pope Francis ended his three-week summer vacation at the evening meeting and prayer Aug. 4 with some 9,000 altar servers.
Pope Francis has again strongly called on Catholic communities to have a welcoming and merciful attitude to Christians who have remarried outside the church after a divorce, saying that such people “are not by any means excommunicated” and should be made to feel a part of their communities.
Pope Francis said we must remember that feeling ashamed during confession is "a grace that prepares us for the embrace of the Father, who always forgives and always forgives everything."
Pope Francis is shunning the expansive papal summer palace in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, for the third time since 2013.
Those looking for clues of what to expect from Pope Francis when he visits Cuba and the United States at the end of September should study his trip to Latin America.
Faith and Justice: Pope Francis' training as a scientist and his life experience helps explain his approach to the environment in Laudato Si'.