Marking the 24th anniversary of Ukraine's independence, Pope Francis sent a letter to the nation's president and asked Catholics to join him in prayers for peace.
Representatives of Colombia's largest guerrilla movement known as FARC have asked to meet Pope Francis when he visits Cuba in September.
According to Pope Francis, families need moments of rest and celebration, time for standing back and recognizing the gifts of God.
Caring for all of creation includes paying particular attention to the needs of young people and the aged, Pope Francis told the audience of a Catholic radio station in Argentina.
As he did last August, Francis granted a telephone interview Saturday to a station operated by Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Campo Gallo, speaking for just under an hour with Frs. Joaquin Giangreco and Juan Ignacio Liebana.
Pope Francis signed the decree Aug. 8 recognizing the martyrdom of Syriac Bishop Flavien-Michel Malke, clearing the way for his beatification.
Pope Francis repeated the church's call for a ban on nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction Aug. 9 after reciting the Angelus in St. Peter's Square.
The day, Francis said, will give Catholics an opportunity to ask God's help in protecting creation and for forgiveness for "sins against the world."
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.
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.