"Those who choose the path of service ... are always at others' service. Not a moment belongs to them," the pope told a gathering of clergy in Ecuador.
The outcome of May's same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland and the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on the same issue clearly show the extent to which Western society is abandoning many of its Christian legal foundations, said Australian Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy.
In his address at the Fota VIII International Liturgy Conference in Cork, Pell called the Irish referendum "a victory for John Stuart Mill and utilitarianism."
A well-intentioned argument is developing among some Westerners, urging the evacuation of Christians from the Middle East. These Westerners reason that because no one will defend the Middle Eastern Christians, they should be resettled elsewhere.
Pope Francis tied together the Christian proclamation of faith with Ecuadoreans' centurieslong struggle to stop exploitation of their resources and their very selves.
Residents of Villa 21-24, a slum on the south side of the Argentine capital, hold fond memories of Pope Francis.
Priests and laypeople in Osorno are angry and bewildered at the way their local church has been steamrollered and their appeals ignored.
Pope Francis told more than a million people gathered at a park in Ecuador that despite economic hardships across the region, things can and will improve.
A Roman Observer: A few years ago, an American bishop who has since retired described the last ad limina visit he made to Rome under Pope John Paul II.
A homecoming for the Argentine pope likely to draw attention to key challenges in the region.
A June 29 prayer service at Holy Family Church in New York City not only recalled the sacrifices of African martyrs in church history but also paid tribute to those who have died recently for their faith.
"Recent events that have taken place in different parts of Africa show that there is no lack of men and women who continue to bear witness to their faith in God by offering their very lives," said Archbishop Charles Balvo, who is apostolic nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan.