Saying the United States has a special responsibility to the people of Iraq, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace called for diplomatic measures rather than a military response to the crisis facing the country.
Peace & Justice
We say: Yes, the rich are growing richer, but the concentration of wealth is more extreme than most imagine. This is sparking a new look at poverty.
For everyone who has any kind of authority over others, the one sin "at your fingertips" is the sin of corruption, Pope Francis said.
And "the martyrs of corruption" -- those who end up paying the price for the politicians, financiers and church officials who abuse their power -- are the poor and the marginalized, he said during his early morning Mass Monday in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.
Pope Francis denounced those responsible for human trafficking, slave labor and arms manufacturing, saying people producing weapons of war are "merchants of death."
"One day everything comes to an end and they will be held accountable to God," the pope said at his weekly general audience Wednesday.
The pope also launched an appeal to the international community to help safeguard children from forced labor, highlighting the plight of an estimated 160 million child workers worldwide.
Eco Catholic: The odds are staggering that tweaking a law or two will do much beyond letting us feel uplifted because "I'm doing my part to go green."
No one knows how many letters Pope Francis gets a week from Catholics and others worldwide wanting him to turn his attention to their concern. But rarely, if ever, in the 2,000-year history of the papacy have prisoners received a missive from the pontiff.
We say: Sixty words have defined our foreign policy and shaped our domestic policy for 13 years. It's time to end this culture of war.
Pope Francis urged the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to act with courage and end what he called the "spiral of hatred and violence."
Cardinal says many U.S. critics of Pope Francis' economic message aren't aware of the severe poverty faced by many in the developing world.
The cardinal said Pope Francis' "main point" in his apostolic exhortation is that “a wrong anthropology is creating this wrong distribution of wealth.”