Over the course of 30 minutes, Pope Francis answered 10 questions, including how to deal with doubt and how to live with hope in a troubled world.
Unlike many of his predecessors, Pope Francis will not spend the summer months at the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo south of Rome.
Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of 95 men and women religious and laymen who were killed during the Spanish Civil War.
The pope's approval of a series of martyrdom decrees Monday opened the way for their beatification to be scheduled. A miracle is required before any blessed may be canonized.
Among the new martyrs were 66 Marist Brothers, four Discalced Carmelites, four Sister Servants of Mary, two laymen and a diocesan priest. They were killed between 1936 and 1939 during the Spanish Civil War.
Pope John XXIII, who died 50 years ago Monday, was a pastor and a father to the world, Pope Francis told pilgrims.
Catholics on the front lines of social justice are delighted that Pope Francis spends so much energy talking about and visiting the poor.
"We haven't rendered a good service to the Holy Father with the reputation we have," Von Freyberg told Vatican Radio in an English-language interview aired Friday.
As the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi prepare for a new beginning, the groups are asking members to participate in a novena of atonement and healing.
The worldwide adoration would "witness to the profound piety found in the church for the Eucharist," a Vatican official said.
The gift was part of a trip by the president to express his gratitude for the "unblocking" of the archbishop's canonization process.
At his daily homily Wednesday, Pope Francis said Catholics should work with all who do good, including atheists. He also said it is "blasphemy" to think you can kill in the name of God.