At the United Nations, Pope Francis stressed that future development efforts remember the human face of those they seek to help escape poverty and attain a dignified life.
Beyond Francis' address, the agenda for the U.N. is loaded. Sustainable Development Goals are first on the docket, set for adoption following the pope's speech.
The United Nations is not "the devil," so a papal think tank is free to collaborate with the international body as well as people of any political persuasion, said Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
The church will continue to collaborate with the United Nations on any joint project that "does not go against the doctrine of the church," he said at a news conference July 15.
Five centuries-old Spanish missions in Texas newly declared as World Heritage Sites by a U.N. agency "have helped to shape the face of San Antonio," said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller.
"They are still a haven of culture and history," he said in a statement Monday. "We especially value that they continue as active parishes of the archdiocese, where hundreds of families on the city's south side continue to gather for prayer within the original walls, which many dedicated persons have worked to preserve over the years."
The mood at the monthlong talks being held in New York is somber. Few expect breakthroughs, and without a breakthrough, serious disarmament is in doubt.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the announcement that Pope Francis would visit the United Nations the morning of Sept. 25 to address the U.N. General Assembly.
In a statement Wednesday, the United Nations also said the pope would meet separately with the secretary-general and with the president of the General Assembly and would participate in a town hall gathering with U.N. staff.
With the death of noted Irish Catholic writer Desmond Fisher, the legion of writers that covered the Second Vatican Council has thinned considerably.
Controversy over family issues and the ongoing serach for peace in the Middle East were just some highlights of Vatican news in 2014.
Pope Francis called on world leaders, activists and people of faith to pull together to rid the world of the threat of nuclear weapons.
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's permanent representative to U.N. agencies in Geneva, read the pope's statement Monday in Vienna at the opening of Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons.
In his message, Pope Francis restated the Vatican's long-standing advocacy for the global elimination of nuclear weapons and said peace is not just a balance of power, "but true justice."
A new political and business mentality "that does not exclude but transcends profit" is both necessary and possible, a Vatican official told a United Nations meeting.