MEXICO CITY – He will say Mass with indigenous communities in Mexico’s poorest state Chiapas, and speak with young people in Michoacan state where drug gangs and armed vigilante groups have waged a bloody conflict.
MEXICO CITY – Francis exhorts Mexico’s bishops to take a more active stand against the drug trade, which he says “devours like a metastasis.””
HAVANA — “Finally,” the pontiff told Patriarch Kirill as they met, the first encounter in history between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch. “We are brothers.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Donald Trump already ripped Francis as a “very political person” for visiting the border area during the week-long trip that starts Friday.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The body of one of Italy’s favorite saints spent nearly a week on display inside St. Peter’s Basilica as part of the Jubilee of Mercy.
(RNS) The church might be more flexible on the issue of contraception if it sees it less as a cultural poison pill leading down the slope to abortion and more as a viable public health alternative.
VATICAN CITY/MOSCOW (Reuters) Diplomats and analysts say Friday’s summit in Havana could not happen without a green light from the Russian president.
MEXICO CITY (RNS) Faith here is strong and tied to family and culture, but many Mexicans feel the Catholic Church is out of touch. Expectations for Pope Francis’ visit are low.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) But the panel did not clarify the status of British clergy abuse victim Peter Saunders, who insists he has not stepped down despite a vote to suspend him.