Istanbul -- Visiting an ancient Christian community, Pope Francis called on the church to "throw off defensiveness" to overcome misunderstanding.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
NCR Today: When I think about the world, crises of all kinds arise in mind: the Islamic State, Ebola, racism, forced migration. And that just scratches the surface.
Istanbul -- Pope Francis will wade into a complex mix of ecumenical, interreligious, and global political affairs as he visits continent-straddling Turkey through the weekend.
A small c catholic: The Shroud of Turin, which Pope Francis plans to visit and venerate in June, has intrigued me for decades.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis
Believing in eternity and in the final establishment of the kingdom of God, Christians throughout history -- starting with the disciples -- were filled with questions such as when the end will come and what will happen to the created world, Pope Francis said.
No one knows the answer to those questions, the pope said Wednesday at his weekly general audience, but Catholics are convinced that the end of time will not bring the "annihilation of the cosmos and of everything around us."
Bulletins from the Human Side: The object of religion is the imagination, that font of our understanding our deepest possibilities, something Cardinal Burke fails to grasp.
In an address Tuesday before the European Parliament, Pope Francis spent a portion of his remarks addressing ecology, reminding the leaders of the continent's historical prominence in environmental protection and preservation.
The speech focused on the theme of human dignity and human rights, and through that framework Francis addressed various issues, including the environment.
The Francis Chronicles: "I never count anything as lost. Never. Never close the door. It's difficult, you could say almost impossible, but the door is always open."