The 50-day war in Gaza a year ago cost the lives of more than 2,250 Palestinians, 66 percent of them civilians and the lives of 66 Israeli soldiers, along with six civilians.
Catholic Relief Services is building hundreds of what it calls "transitional houses" throughout Gaza, where more than 10,000 homes were destroyed in last year's conflict.
Europe must agree on shared financial and social policies to offset the risk of another crisis that almost saw Greece quit the eurozone, said a European bishops' commission.
A Thursday statement issued by German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, president of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community, expressed relief that a bailout package had prevented the "Grexit" -- the prospect of Greece abandoning the euro currency and returning to using the drachma.
Already, forces are arrayed against the nuclear agreement reached in Vienna, even though the ink has barely dried on the 100-page document. The lead antagonist is of course Israel, led by its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Along with Israel, the second most significant group in opposition consists of members of the United States Congress.
The 1980 meeting between Northern and Southern Vietnamese bishops was the first since Communist forces took control of North Vietnam in 1975.
The Holy See welcomed Iran's historic nuclear deal and expressed hopes that more future breakthroughs be on the horizon on other issues.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said that "the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See."
Francis also said he had not tried coca leaves to deal with the high altitude in Bolivia and admitted that being asked to pose for selfies makes him feel "like a great-grandfather."
Francis Chronicles: "We cannot force anyone to receive us, to welcome us; this is itself part of our poverty and freedom."
Bishops in Paraguay had wanted the pope to meet with small farmers and indigenous people who have been forced off their land.
In Paraguay, Francis told invited dignitaries at a concert that trading votes for favors is "something that happens in every country" and is a form of corruption.