World Meeting of Popular Movements: Pope Francis hails the nearly 700 participants in his message to the gathering in Modesto. "You must become a Samaritan," he tells them.
More than 500 engaged in the struggle for human rights are expected at the February regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements, a project embraced by Pope Francis.
Francis Chronicles: "Where there is no tenderness, there is always cruelty. And what is happening today in Syria is cruelty," Francis said.
Eco Catholic: The pledges come from seven Catholic organizations on five continents -- the largest joint declaration in the church to date.
Cardinal Peter Turkson said Pope Francis has been strongly influenced by discussions from the Vatican conference in April that rejected just war theory.
"For Pope Francis, a liquid economy goes hand-in-hand with a throwaway culture. This is the ultimate economy of exclusion," said Cardinal Peter Turkson at a conference Tuesday.
Eco Catholic: Allowing people to drink unsafe water or have no access to dependable, clean sources of water is shameful, Cardinal Peter Turkson told religious leaders.
Eco Catholic: Pope Francis one year ago called for dialogue about the state of "our common home." What's been the impact?
Paying workers a just wage has been "one of the most consistent and central themes of Catholic social teaching" for more than a century, said Cardinal Peter Turkson.
NCR Today: A prominent Italian news agency is reporting that the pontiff wants to dedicate the next meeting of the world's Catholic bishops to the issue of global peace.