Muslims and Christians in the Egyptian town of Luxor are afraid to leave their homes, and many are running out of food.
Only Pope Francis knows for sure when he will proclaim Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII saints, though he has implied it likely will be in 2014.
Speaking on behalf of Catholics in Egypt, Coptic Catholic Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sedrak said the violence and unrest in his country are "not a political struggle between different factions, but a war against terrorism."
In a statement Sunday, the patriarch said the country's Catholics strongly support "all state institutions, particularly the armed forces and the police for all their efforts in protecting our homeland."
Less than a month after Pope Francis updated the Vatican's criminal code, Pope Francis issued new rules Thursday broadening Vatican City finance laws.
At the request of a man allegedly abused by a priest in 1965, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed his case claiming the Vatican was the priest's employer and could be liable for damages.
Jeffrey Lena, the counsel for the Holy See, said in a statement that the lawsuit "never should have been filed in the first place."
When he's riding in the popemobile, Pope Francis uses his hands not just to bless people. He uses them to catch things.
After more than a week with no word from Jesuit Fr. Paolo Dall'Oglio, an Italian priest who worked for decades in Syria, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said, "it seems he has been kidnapped by an Islamist group" that is a "local version of al-Qaida," the terrorist group.
Pope Francis' order restricting the use of the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass in communities of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate addresses problems within the religious order.
Pope Francis denounced consumerism as a poison that threatens true happiness, which comes from membership in the church.
The pope made his remarks Sunday before praying the Angelus with a noontime crowd in St. Peter's Square.
"The encounter with the living Jesus, in the great family that is the church, fills the heart with joy, because it fills it with true life, a profound goodness that does not pass away or decay," he said.
Pope Francis is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with the highest number of retweets worldwide.
He also is the second most-followed leader of the world, running behind -- albeit by a long stretch -- U.S. President Barack Obama.
The rankings were released July 24 in a recent study titled "Twiplomacy," which refers to the use of Twitter by world leaders.