Beyond Francis' address, the agenda for the U.N. is loaded. Sustainable Development Goals are first on the docket, set for adoption following the pope's speech.
Viewpoint: The United Nations' sustainable development goals seek to moderate rather than transform the economic development model that has caused potentially catastrophic environmental harm.
Pope Francis met with revolutionary Communist Fidel Castro Sept. 20, where they chatted “informally” about “protecting the environment and the great problems of the contemporary world."
Francis called on people to turn their eyes toward Jesus, finding him even "in our brothers and sisters, especially those who feel excluded or abandoned."
Editorial: We hope that during his U.S. visit, Pope Francis looks policymakers in the eye and tells it like it is about the threat of nuclear weapons.
In one of the most impassioned calls his pontificate for a poor church, Francis begged Cuba's religious community, "Love poverty like you love your mother."
Havana, Cuba -- Pope Francis pointedly told Cubans in a homily Sunday that "service is never ideological, for we do not serve ideas, we serve people."
'If Argentines don't seize this moment, it is because we are the biggest fools in the world for wasting this spiritual awakening he brought to our churches.'
Havana, Cuba -- "Some people are expecting the pope to really challenge and confront the government. He's not going to do that. He's coming here ... as a missionary of mercy."
Inspired by Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, 169 leaders of Catholic higher education around the globe -- including 96 presidents of U.S. schools -- signed a pledge to address Francis’ environmental concerns, in particular climate change, within their institutions’ research and engagements.