The poor, migrants in search of a better life and the unemployed want what all human beings want: life, dignity and a chance to earn a decent living, Pope Francis said in several speeches urging compassion and assistance by both governments and individuals.
A Vatican official said he hoped the canonization would provide better recognition of the Catholic contribution to U.S. history.
Pope Francis is considering making a stop in Cuba during his upcoming trip to the United States in September, but nothing has been confirmed, the Vatican announced Friday.
Francis -- who was credited by both the U.S. and Cuba in December for helping facilitate the landmark beginning of normalization of relations between the two countries -- "has taken into consideration the idea" of visiting the island nation, the Vatican said.
An inability to dialogue and to accept that God may be doing new things are signs of disobedience to God, Pope Francis said.
Obedience often leads people to a path for their life that is not the one they planned on taking, he said. To obey is "to have the courage to change paths when the Lord asks this of us."
A controversial three-year program of Vatican oversight of the main leadership group of U.S. Catholic sisters has come to an end.
Cardinal Roberto Tucci, best known for having managed the travel logistics of the former globe-trotting pope, St. John Paul II, died Tuesday in Rome at the age of 93.
The Italian Jesuit and former head of Vatican Radio was not only a tough-negotiating papal advance man, he was also an expert at the Second Vatican Council, a theologian, an ecumenist and a man unafraid to give blunt advice on sensitive internal Vatican affairs.
The cardinals advising Pope Francis on reforming the Curia have discussed the issue of accountability for Catholic bishops who mishandle cases of clergy sexual abuse.
Eradicating male and female identities does nothing to solve the problem of unfair or disrespectful treatment based on people's gender, Pope Francis said.
The presence of the Holy Spirit makes Christian communities places of harmony and sharing where wealth is not accumulated, but put at the service of the needy, Pope Francis said.
A Christian community shows it is filled with the Holy Spirit "when it is a community that seeks harmony" and does not allow internal divisions to fester, "when it seeks poverty" and "not the accumulation of riches for itself because wealth is for service," he said Tuesday at his early morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
The church today is called to be frank and courageous, just as the apostles were after the Resurrection, said Pope Francis at his first daily Mass after a two-week break for Holy Week and Easter.
"Even today, the message of the church is the message of frankness and Christian courage," the pope said Monday. In attendance at Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae were the nine members of the pope's advisory Council of Cardinals, who were to begin another round of meetings that day.