The Vatican has signed a treaty formally recognizing the "State of Palestine" and called for a two-state solution with Israel on the basis of their borders in 1967.
"We hope that everyone feels welcome to come, and certainly people who have experienced same-sex attraction are certainly welcome like anyone else," he said.
A new document outlining October's global bishops' meeting offers little to no clear indication of how prelates are considering addressing tough family issues.
"On the part of the Catholic church, I ask you forgiveness for the non-Christian, even non-human, attitudes and behaviors that, in history, we have had against you."
Turin, Italy -- Pope Francis tells youth not to trust modern culture. "Don't buy the filth that they tell us are diamonds," he said.
Pope Francis said appointing women to leadership in the Vatican bureaucracy would be to promote a "functionalism" of women's roles.
On a visit to northern Italy amid an economic downturn, Pope Francis exhorted laborers not to blame immigrants for their struggles.
Faith and Justice: Journalists have had a lot of questions for Fr. Reese lately about Laudato Si': Why does it matter? What impact will it have? Why all the attention?
Laudato Si' embraces what Francis calls a "very solid scientific consensus" that humans are causing cataclysmic climate change endangering the planet.
Pope Francis formally approved a further list of delegates to October's world Synod of Bishops on the family.
The pope approved the Canadian bishops' election of: Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, conference president; Bishop Noel Simard of Valleyfield; Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto; and Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton.
The Canadian bishops' alternates also were approved. They are Bishop Lionel Gendron of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver.