Young Voices: At their best, Christians are caught up in a love story meant to break down walls. At their worst, practitioners use religion to demean and divide.
The pope also made a "pressing appeal to the international community to take initiatives to put an end to the humanitarian drama underway."
Pope Francis is everywhere, it seems. Now Minda Zetlin over at business magazine Inc. imparts eight leadership lessons that make Pope Francis so effective and why all leaders should adopt these lessons.
Lesson one: Reach out to non-customers.
Christians should memorize not only the Ten Commandments but also the beatitudes, which Jesus taught as the path to true happiness, Pope Francis said.
At his weekly general audience Wednesday, the pope said he was so serious about the need for Christians to know the text of the beatitudes from Matthew 5:3-12 -- "Blessed are the poor in spirit ..." -- that he would read each one out loud and have the crowd repeat it.
More than 6,000 people filled the Vatican audience hall and its atrium for the pope's first general audience after a monthlong break.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano says Pope Benedict XVI vouched for a priest accused of sexual misconduct days before he became pope.
Francis Chronicles: "If you follow Jesus and his Gospel, your freedom will blossom like a plant in bloom and will bring good and abundant fruit."
I can hear my friend Bill Callahan, formerly of the Quixote Center, cheering from his perch in heaven at the news that Pope Francis is reinstating Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann as a priest. Bill knew Miguel D'Escoto, a member of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, personally when Miguel was the foreign minister of Nicaragua during the days of the Sandinistas (1979-90). They were friends and allies, both opposed to the Reagan wars in Central America, both deeply concerned about the poor.
Despite the almost universal popularity of Pope Francis, the House of Representatives was unable to muster enough bipartisan support to pass a resolution lauding Francis' election.