At Rome's Basilica of St. Bartholomew, a shrine to modern martyrs, Francis presided over an evening prayer service April 22, honoring Christians killed under Nazism, communism, dictatorships and terrorism.
The defense of the life, dignity and human rights of migrants and refugees must come before any other question when enacting migration policies, Pope Francis said.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quote from Pope Francis.
Francis Chronicles: The tendency to de-personalize others, which starts in one's own heart, at home and with relationships, "grows and grows and it will become violence worldwide," Francis said.
2016: As Christians in the Middle East look back on 2016, they wonder if there will be much to celebrate amid mounting challenges.
Greek Refugees: "I’m afraid it’s not going to last," Alexis Papahelas, executive editor of Kathimerini, Greece’s premier newspaper, said of the current cordial relations.
NCR Today: "When you are with them in the field you see that all these people are human beings. ... They just need a hand to walk next to them."
Pan-Orthodox Council: Senior Orthodox representatives have insisted decisions will be "binding" for all churches, as two more declarations were agreed on key aspects of Orthodox life.
Pan-Orthodox Council: A historic gathering of Orthodox leaders has opened in Crete with a pledge to "bring truth, genuineness and hope" to the world.
Idomeni, Greece -- Overcrowding at a makeshift refugee camp led police and bulldozers to knock down tents and relocate hundreds of migrants.