Sri Lanka: Pope Francis told people here they must acknowledge the pain, suffering, and even evil that had been perpetrated during their 26-year civil war.
Scholars who have studied the life of murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero say a reading of the tea leaves suggest advancement of his sainthood cause is imminent.
The news is being met with jubilation by many Romero researchers and with mixed emotions by Salvadorans.
Supporters of the cause for Romero's canonization have been frustrated for years by what they view as a stalled effort.
Francis told religious leaders he sought to reaffirm respect for each religion's beliefs but to ground such respect in "a full and forthright presentation of our respective convictions."
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Pope Francis returns to Asia this week, where crises are priming the ground for the kind of church he is working to grow.
We say: Now that the Vatican has decided that the women are worthy of praise, it is appropriate to ask: "What was that about?"
The Vatican on Monday rejected reports that it could be the next target of Islamist terrorists after last week's deadly attacks in France.
The move came as Pope Francis called for a "unanimous" global response to the Islamic State group as he left on his first official visit to the Philippines and Sri Lanka.
Israeli state TV reported Sunday that U.S. intelligence services had warned the Vatican could be the next terrorist target, as international leaders joined an estimated 2 million people in a massive anti-terrorism rally in Paris.
Hours before Pope Francis was to arrive in Sri Lanka, people in Colombo were busy with final preparations for his "historic visit."
While baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday, Pope Francis urged mothers to breast-feed their infants if they were hungry.
"Mothers, give your children milk -- even now," Francis said. "If they cry because they are hungry, breast-feed them, don't worry."
The pope departed from his prepared text, which included the phrase "give them milk," and inserted the Italian term allattateli, which means "breast-feed them."
The celebration took place to mark the day Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the waters of the Jordan River.