Pope Francis renewed his call for an end to war and terror as he finished his three-day journey to the Middle East with a marathon of meetings.
Making a Difference: Approximately 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty throughout the world. An estimated 21,000 die every day.
Despite insisting that his three-day trip in the Middle East would be “strictly religious,” Pope Francis dove headfirst into the political situation.
Lashawn Meadows and her family will have a new home in November thanks to a Habitat for Humanity house built in honor of the pope.
"It's important to us that he's visiting Bethlehem and Palestine first. ... It was a message for all Palestinians: I'm coming to visit you."
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
Faith and Justice: Pope Francis' visit to the Holy Land will be full of opportunities and challenges. Like any pilgrim, he comes to pray, but it's about much more than that.
We say: Francis, Catholics across our nation are knocking at your door on behalf of these faithful, Christ-centered women who continued to be maligned by the Vatican.
Grace on the Margins: How can women achieve true empowerment when their religious leaders declare that it is God's plan that women are not entitled to equal spiritual authority?
Most Israelis welcome Francis' visit to the Holy Land as a chance to show the world a side of Israel that supports tolerance and dialogue.