Pope Francis said Christians are called to watch their tongues. And their texting fingers.
World Youth Day participants celebrated Mass together and learned more about WYD them "Blessed are the merciful."
We are particularly stricken because this horrible violence occurred in a church -- a sacred place in which the love of God is proclaimed -- with the barbaric killing of a priest
"The Orthodox Church is one, but reveals itself in the world through its individual local vines, which are unbreakably and indivisibly attached to one -- to one church, to one body,"
Religious freedom is "not just for us, it's for everybody. It's a universal human right."
The April 16 magnitude-7.8 earthquake claimed the lives of nearly 600 people and left thousands homeless.
The six women were among at least 272 people who died in the massive earthquake that struck communities in the northern part of the country.
Easter is a feast of hope, a celebration of God's mercy and a call to pray for and assist all who suffer.
He said Christians often were given the choice of converting to Islam or death, which was a choice between two types of death.
Although most Christians have previously fled the country, a handful of Salesian priests and a Missionaries of Charity chose to stay and continue their ministry.