World leaders are expected to negotiate terms of a potential carbon-cutting agreement to be signed in 2015.
Pope Francis met with a group of some 50 young refugees from conflicts throughout the Middle East Sunday evening here, before ending his three-day trip to Turkey and heading back to Rome.
Telling the young people -- who had fled violence in places such as Syria, Iraq, and other parts of Turkey -- not to be discouraged, the pontiff promised that he and the Catholic church are with them in their struggles.
Istanbul -- Pope Francis: "The one thing that the Catholic Church desires, and that I seek ... is communion with the Orthodox Churches."
Istanbul -- Visiting an ancient Christian community, Pope Francis called on the church to "throw off defensiveness" to overcome misunderstanding.
Istanbul -- Speaking to Turkish leaders Friday, Francis said the "grave conflicts" in Iraq and Syria "cannot be resolved solely through a military response."
Advocates see the recent releases of several men from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay as a sign that other transfers are in the works.
Istanbul -- Francis will visit Turkey Friday and Saturday, but some people there may not even know there are Christians for the pontiff to visit.
"The great ideas which once inspired Europe seem to have lost their attraction, only to be replaced by the bureaucratic technicalities of its institutions."
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.