In America’s birthplace, Pope Francis gives pep talk to immigrants

September 27, 2015
(Pope Francis rides in the popemoble while making his way to Independence Hall in Philadelphia, September 26 2015. REUTERS/Laurence Kesterson/Pool)

(Pope Francis rides in the popemoble while making his way to Independence Hall in Philadelphia, September 26 2015. REUTERS/Laurence Kesterson/Pool)

Majority of Americans support Pope Francis’s call for action on climate: poll

September 26, 2015
(The U.S. flag flies in front of a mural of Pope Francis on the side of a building in midtown Manhattan in New York August 28, 2015. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia September 22-27. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

(The U.S. flag flies in front of a mural of Pope Francis on the side of a building in midtown Manhattan in New York August 28, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

Dalai Lama cancels October U.S. visit on doctors’ advice

September 26, 2015
(Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama speaks during a news conference at Magdalene College in Oxford, Britain September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Staples)

(Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama speaks at Magdalene College in Oxford, Britain September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Staples)

‘Wake Up!’ album mixes Pope Francis speeches with spiced-up hymns

By Reuters Staff
September 26, 2015
(Pope Francis sings as he attend a meeting of Renewal of the Holy Spirit organization at the Olympic stadium in Rome June 1, 2014. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

(Pope Francis sings as he attend a meeting of Renewal of the Holy Spirit organization at the Olympic stadium in Rome June 1, 2014. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

At U.N., Pope Francis condemns “boundless thirst” for wealth and power

September 26, 2015
(Pope Francis arrives for a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, September 25, 2015. Pope Francis on Friday condemned the craving for material gains and power, warning an annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations that greed is destroying the Earth's resources and aggravating poverty. REUTERS/Mike Segar)

(Pope Francis arrives for a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, September 25, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Islam’s pilgrims pray for peace in Muslim countries wracked by war

September 25, 2015
(Muslim pilgrims pray on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood)

(Muslim pilgrims pray on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood)

Factbox: Disasters at annual Muslim haj pilgrimage

By Reuters Staff
September 25, 2015

  (Bodies of Muslim pilgrims are seen after a stampede at Mina, outside the holy Muslim city of Mecca, September 24, 2015. At least 717 pilgrims from around the world were killed on Thursday in a crush outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi authorities said, in the worst disaster to strike the annual haj pilgrimage for 25 years. Picture taken September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer)

(Bodies of Muslim pilgrims are seen after a stampede at Mina, outside the holy Muslim city of Mecca, September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer)

Addressing Congress, Pope Francis urges U.S. to end hostility toward immigrants

September 25, 2015
(Pope Francis (C) gets a standing ovation as he addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in the House of Representatives Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington September 24, 2015. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan)

(Pope Francis (C) gets a standing ovation as he addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in Washington September 24, 2015. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan)

from The Great Debate:

Pope Francis’ relationship to a movement that divided Latin America

By Kevin F. Burke
September 24, 2015

Pope Francis is surrounded by greeting children next to Bolivia's President Evo Morales after his arrival in El Alto

Pope Francis (L) is surrounded by greeting children next to Bolivia's President Evo Morales after his arrival in El Alto, Bolivia, July 8, 2015. REUTERS/David Mercado

China probes deputy religion chief for suspected graft

September 23, 2015
(Xujiahui Kathedrale in Shanghai)

(Xujiahui cathedral in Shanghai, 5 Nov 2005/Heurik)

A deputy head of the Chinese government department which oversees religious groups is being investigated for suspected graft, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Tuesday.