When Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation in February, he made it very clear he had done so after intense prayer.
"If you don't think like I do ... and you can't convince me to think like you do, that's OK. We can still be friends," he told the students.
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.