Istanbul -- Pope Francis will wade into a complex mix of ecumenical, interreligious, and global political affairs as he visits continent-straddling Turkey through the weekend.
In the fight against worldwide hunger and poverty, a new report found that when women are empowered, everyone wins.
The Bread for the World Institute, which provides policy analyses on hunger and offers strategies to end it, presented the results from its recent hunger report, "When Women Flourish ... We Can End Hunger," in a panel discussion Monday.
The panelists, including directors from several nonprofit groups and other organizations, spoke about ways to support women experiencing poverty and hunger.
In an address Tuesday before the European Parliament, Pope Francis spent a portion of his remarks addressing ecology, reminding the leaders of the continent's historical prominence in environmental protection and preservation.
The speech focused on the theme of human dignity and human rights, and through that framework Francis addressed various issues, including the environment.
Almost every papal trip abroad is a complex mix of the religious and political, and that will be especially true of Pope Francis' Nov. 28-30 visit to Turkey.
Leymah Gbowee expressed gratitude to the U.S. for responding to the Ebola crisis but said her country needs health care more than it needs troops.
The largest Roman Catholic geographical district in Brazil, located deep in the Amazon along the Xingu River, has more than 800 Catholic congregations but only 27 priests.
When Francis arrives at the European Parliament, he'll be entering a place where the hopes and fears of a whole continent are played out.
Global Sisters Report: Reconciliation is complex in northern Uganda, where children were both victims and perpetrators of a decadeslong civil war.
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad implored moderate Muslims to reject "terrorism in the name of religion" and step up to challenge the actions of Islamic State militants against minority communities in Iraq.
During an international conference of Muslim and Christian leaders, Sako called the situation in Iraq an "unprecedented historic crisis" and called on Muslims in attendance to exercise their responsibility to protect Christian, Yezidi and other minority communities.
Aid to the Church in Need distributed the letter Sako read to the conference.
Analysis: Church leaders lament the loss in numbers in Latin America. However, many missionaries would see this as a wake-up call.