"What is needed is a change of attitude to overcome indifference and to counter fears with a generous approach of welcoming those who knock at our doors," Francis said Feb. 21.
Cardinal Raymond Burke arrived in Guam Feb. 15 as the presiding judge in a church trial investigating allegations of sexual abuse leveled against Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Agana.
Christians must never lose hope and should remind themselves that God loves them even at their worst, Pope Francis said.
God's love provides "security" both in difficult moments and even when "I have done something terrible and evil," the pope said Feb. 15 during his weekly general audience.
"No one can take this security from us. We must repeat it like a prayer: God loves me. I am sure that God loves me!" he said.
A member of Pope Francis’ advisory Council of Cardinals has said it is important for the Catholic faith that adherents to the religion support the pontiff.
In a press briefing at the Vatican Wednesday, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx said that while it is normal that there be discussion about the pope and his initiatives “it is also clear for us as Catholics that loyalty to the pope is substantial for the Catholic faith.”
Pope Francis said that economic development projects on lands that have historically belonged to indigenous peoples should be subject to the "prior and informed consent" of those peoples.
Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio affirmed in a new book that Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia allows divorced and remarried persons to take Communion under certain circumstances.
World Marriage Day: Each week dozens of newlyweds, dressed again in their wedding gowns and tuxedoes, come to the Vatican to receive a special papal blessing as they begin their lives together.
Pope Francis on clerical sex abuse: In an unusual move, the pontiff's comments on clerical sex abuse were published as a preface to a new book by Daniel Pittet, a Swiss victim who was sexually abused for four years by a priest when he was a child.
The Vatican defended its decision to invite China to an organ trafficking summit after an outcry from medical experts and ethicists about China's record of using executed prisoners as organ donors.
Marking the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, a former slave, Pope Francis urged Christians to help victims of human trafficking and migrants, especially the Rohingya people being chased from Myanmar.