"He loved Jesus and his flock more than he loved life. This is the meaning of martyrdom."
The Holy Father asks that we join in prayer that they may find God's consolation and love.
Prayer illuminates one's eyes to know how to see others as God sees them, to love them as he loves them.
Watch video of Pope Francis' Palm Sunday message and prayers for the people of Egypt.
The agency is focused on, as Pope Francis would say, accompaniment. "Our message is clear and simple: You are not alone. We are here, and we love you."
One year after an Indian priest was abducted by suspected Islamic militants in Yemen, Catholics in Kerala are still praying for his release.
A concerted effort to establish a safe haven for them while rebuilding their devastated homelands is preferable to massive permanent resettlement.
The cardinal-designate has said he bore those decades of trial because Christ said that those who wished to follow him would have to carry his cross.