Pope Francis calls for release of priest and bishops abducted in Syria

July 26, 2015
(Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, August 28, 2012/veDro - l'Italia al futuro)

(Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, August 28, 2012/veDro – l’Italia al futuro)

Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for the release of an Italian Jesuit priest and two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria two years ago, asking leaders to work for the freedom of all those abducted there.

Pope Francis offers rare ‘mea culpa’ about neglect of middle class

July 15, 2015
(Pope Francis speaks to journalists onboard the papal plane during his return to Rome, from Asuncion, Paraguay July 12, 2015. Pope Francis left for Rome on Sunday at the end of a trip to South America during which he censured capitalism, championed the rights of the poor, warned of irreversible damage to the planet and urged youths to "make a mess". Picture taken July 12, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(Pope Francis speaks to journalists onboard the papal plane during his return to Rome, from Asuncion, Paraguay July 12, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Pope Francis calls for new economic order, criticises capitalism

July 10, 2015
(Pope Francis looks to the side as he attends a World Meeting of Popular Movements with Bolivia's President Evo Morales (not pictured) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 9, 2015. Pope Francis on Thursday urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a "new colonialism" by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the "sacred rights" of labor, lodging and land. In one of the longest, most passionate and sweeping speeches of his pontificate, the Argentine-born pope also asked forgiveness for the sins committed by the Roman Catholic Church in its treatment of native Americans during what he called the "so-called conquest of America." REUTERS/David Mercado)

(Pope Francis looks to the side as he attends a World Meeting of Popular Movements with Bolivia’s President Evo Morales (not pictured) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 9, 2015. REUTERS/David Mercado)

Bolivian ‘communist crucifix’ gift to Pope Francis surprises Vatican

July 10, 2015
(Pope Francis receives a gift from Bolivian President Evo Morales (L) in La Paz, Bolivia, July 8, 2015. Reuters/Osservatore Romano)

(Pope Francis receives a gift from Bolivian President Evo Morales (L) in La Paz, Bolivia, July 8, 2015.
Reuters/Osservatore Romano)

In Ecuador, Pope Francis appeals for more inclusive Catholic Church

July 7, 2015
(Pope Francis disembarks from a plane after arriving in Quito, following his visit to Guayaquil, Ecuador, July 6, 2015. Pope Francis used his first Mass in Ecuador on Monday to ask for support in his efforts to reach out to Catholics who feel shunned by the Church when the world's bishops gather at the Vatican in October. Speaking to 800,000 people on the first leg of his "homecoming" tour of South America, the 78-year-old pope weaved his homily around the theme of the family, which will be the subject of the month-long synod at the Vatican. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(Pope Francis disembarks from a plane after arriving in Quito, following his visit to Guayaquil, Ecuador, July 6, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Keep human dignity at center of solution to Greek crisis, Pope Francis urges leaders

July 2, 2015
(Pope Francis waves as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(Pope Francis waves as he leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Outreach to gay couples not on agenda for Vatican meeting

June 25, 2015
(Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

(Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Pope Francis asks pardon from Waldensian Protestants for past persecution

June 22, 2015

  (Waldesian Protestant church in Turin, 13 Dec 2005/MHM55)

(Waldensian Protestant church in Turin, 13 Dec 2005/MHM55)

Pope Francis asked forgiveness on Monday for the Roman Catholic Church’s “non-Christian and inhumane” treatment in the past of the Waldensians, a tiny Protestant movement the Vatican tried to exterminate in the 15th century.

Pope Francis says weapons manufacturers can’t call themselves Christian

June 22, 2015

  (Pope Francis leads a meeting with young people during his two-day pastoral visit in Turin, Italy, June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo)

(Pope Francis leads a meeting with young people during his two-day pastoral visit in Turin, Italy, June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo)

Pope Francis demands action now to save planet from environmental ruin

June 19, 2015
(Pope Francis' new encyclical titled "Laudato Si (Be Praised), On the Care of Our Common Home", is displayed during the presentation news conference at the Vatican June 18, 2015. Pope Francis demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear "the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor", plunging the Catholic Church into political controversy over climate change. In the first papal document dedicated to the environment, he calls for "decisive action, here and now," to stop environmental degradation and global warming, squarely backing scientists who say it is mostly man-made. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

(Pope Francis’ new encyclical titled “Laudato Si (Be Praised), On the Care of Our Common Home”, is displayed during the presentation news conference at the Vatican June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)