Gathered near the Mexican border Feb. 17, a crowd of immigrants, activists and religious witnessed Francis plead from Juárez for compassion toward migrants. The experience left a powerful impression.
In a homily during a Mass in Juarez, on the other side of El Paso, Texas, the pope begged for a transformation to mercy in the name of the Jubilee Year.
The Catholic Church is under fire for revoking the suspension of a priest in India, despite his previous extradition to the United States and conviction for sexual abuse.
The pope asked day laborers and employers in Juárez to collaborate and determine the legacy they would leave for future generations; he also defended Catholic social teaching.
The pope met Feb. 16 with youth in Morelia, Mexico, and implored them reject potential recruitment as hired killers for the drug cartels that plague the city.
African churches are swelling with promises of miracle healings, signs and wonders. Governments across the continent are trying to rein in these churches.
The country's Catholic bishops are preparing ways to support Filipinos working in the Middle East who might be affected by falling oil prices in the region.
Pope Francis told Catholic priests and religious to resist the temptation of resignation, during a public Mass Feb. 16 in Morelia, a central Mexican city notorious for drug-related violence.
Pope Francis warned against moves to diminish the importance of the family, peppering his talk with anecdotes and off-the-cuff remarks that kept a packed soccer stadium cheering and applauding.
NCR Today: J. Malcolm Garcia, GSR and NCR contributor, spoke to people on the ground about their reactions to day four of the papal visit to Mexico.