"My hope is that he speaks very intensely on the family, that no matter where he goes everybody knows that he came here because of the international [meeting] on the family."
Pope Francis has announced that he will be making a previously unscheduled day-trip in June to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Pope Francis has ratified elections of prelates from around the world to participate in October's Synod of Bishops, including four U.S. bishops.
Eco Catholic: "Clearly, the pope wants actions, and he wants real commitments, and we do as well, and we're providing them."
Underlining the failure of the Nigerian government to stop the violent rampage of Boko Haram, a Catholic bishop has called for Western military intervention.
The Muslim militant group's increasingly deadly assaults and expanded recruitment from countries across North Africa mean "a concerted military campaign is needed by the West to crush Boko Haram," said Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri, capital of the troubled Borno state.
The bishops urged political leaders to find “creative” ways to build peace in the Middle East and “to build bridges, not walls.”
"I appeal to the entire international community ... to take concrete steps to bring about peace and to protect all those who are victims of war and persecution."
Pope Francis: "The Gospel does not condemn the rich but idolatry of wealth, that idolatry that renders [us] insensitive to the cries of the poor."
Pope Francis has expressed the "strongest condemnation" of the terror attack Wednesday in France in which 10 staff members of a satirical magazine and two policeman were killed.
Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi issued the following statement on behalf of the pope and the Vatican late in the evening:
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Tuesday blessed a new addition to the Pontifical North American College, a seminary in Rome.