The decision to allow organized pilgrimages, banned by the local bishops' in 1991, recognizes the need to provide spiritual accompaniment and care to the tens of thousands of Catholics who travel to Medjugorje each year.
"This is the one, non-negotiable certitude we have in life: His love does not change."
Read Pope Francis' closing remarks from the historic summit.
"Through the intercession of the virgin Mary, may the Lord grant us to be artisans of peace -- and this begins at home, in the family -- every day of the new year."
"Do we content ourselves with a few commandments or do we follow Jesus as lovers, really prepared to leave behind something for him?"
The new saints' relics were present at the Mass as reminders that the saints were flesh-and-blood people who lived holy lives.
Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero are two of seven new saints Pope Francis will canonize Oct. 14 at the Vatican.
Click here to link to the pope's letter and Bishop Barres' response.
"Consequently, the church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person."