Even as Francis called for peace in the Middle East, the Vatican tried to come to terms with the idea that U.S. military strikes were necessary and working.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright recently summed up the state of current events this way: "The world is a mess." And that blunt comment is an understatement. Perhaps adding the word "desperate" would make her statement more accurate.
What to do? Pope Francis' recommendation: Go out to the fringes of society, serve the poor, the sick, the hungry, the migrants, the refugees, the dying. Often, these locations are conflict-filled.
Francis Chronicles: "One cannot generate hatred in God's name," Pope Francis said Sunday. "One cannot make war in God's name!"
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
Pope Francis "strongly desired that [the villas] be opened as a sign of sharing something unique, a common good."
Analysis: Every ounce of Francis' personal charm and ability to articulate a Gospel-based faith will be required for his journey to have a lasting impact.
Pope Francis is dispatching Cardinal Fernando Filoni as his personal envoy to northern Iraq, where Islamist militias have sent thousands of Christians and other religious minorities fleeing for their lives, the Vatican said Friday.
The Vatican announced the appointment of Filoni, a former papal nuncio to Iraq and Jordan, only a day after the pope launched a fresh appeal for the welfare of Christians affected by the violence there.
NCR Today: After Pope Francis' election, the "Francis effect" swept the globe. Three Catholics, including an abuse survivor, explain how this pope has changed their lives.
NCR Today: Not since the Nazis' war on the Jews has there been such complete depredation of a people.
Faith and Justice: The news around the world is tragic and depressing. Our choices are: do nothing, use diplomacy, impose sanctions, or intervene militarily. Are there other options?