Francis Chronicles: "I believe that interreligious dialogue must investigate the Jewish roots of Christianity and the Christian flowering of Judaism. ... It is possible to live as brothers."
Pope Francis formally announced six men and women would be made saints Nov. 23, the feast of Christ the King. He made the announcement Friday during a morning "ordinary public consistory," a meeting of cardinals and promoters of the sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.
The same day, he advanced the sainthood causes of eight men and women, including Mother Magdalen Taylor -- an Anglican convert and British foundress of a religious order.
Informed observers are speculating that the pope might add another destination to his first Asian trip -- one that would mark the voyage as truly historic.
The continued meetings between the two religious leaders have provoked speculation about whether the two churches may one day be reunited after nearly 1,000 years of estrangement.
The World Cup, which opens today, "overcomes linguistic, cultural and national barriers," the pope said.
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.
Pope Francis canceled a second day of private audiences and his morning Mass on Tuesday because of a minor illness, but Vatican officials downplayed speculation about ill health.
Pope Francis reconfirmed most members of the Congregation for Clergy and named three new members Monday, including a U.S.-born archbishop from Lithuania.
Pope Francis urged athletes to live life the same way they play sports: Don't hog the ball, don't fall back on defense, and make sure to keep it fun.
He also called on policymakers and communities to guarantee all kids have access to sports, education and jobs early on in life, "and I guarantee that there will be no addictions to drugs, alcohol and many other vices."
Making a Difference: Palestinians face many discriminatory challenges in Israel. To help correct these, an American priest has created the Holy Land Principles.