"I appeal to the entire international community ... to take concrete steps to bring about peace and to protect all those who are victims of war and persecution."
Pope Francis: "The Gospel does not condemn the rich but idolatry of wealth, that idolatry that renders [us] insensitive to the cries of the poor."
Pope Francis has expressed the "strongest condemnation" of the terror attack Wednesday in France in which 10 staff members of a satirical magazine and two policeman were killed.
Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi issued the following statement on behalf of the pope and the Vatican late in the evening:
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Tuesday blessed a new addition to the Pontifical North American College, a seminary in Rome.
A Roman Observer: We now know who will be joining the College of Cardinals next month. But why were these men chosen over others?
Rome: Announcing new cardinals on Sunday, Francis continued to diversify global representation in the most select body of Catholic prelates.
Rome: Pope Francis began the New Year criticizing those who seek to follow Jesus outside the church, saying they ignore that the church is God's family.
Francis obliquely criticized euthanasia saying that "time spent with the sick is holy time."
On Christmas, Pope Francis called for an end to global conflicts, mentioning Middle Eastern Christians suffering a "brutal persecution" and many children who have been "massacred under bombing."
"I write to you just before Christmas, knowing that for many of you the music of your Christmas hymns will also be accompanied by tears and sighs."