The pope released the message on the Catholic feast day for journalists.
The American Jewish Committee urged Francis to “to reconsider his regrettable choice of words.”
The bloc's 60th anniversary celebrations have been tempered by Britain's impending departure.
Respecting differences is a critical element of everything that happens at colleges and universities. The dignity and value of every human being is paramount, and the hope is that graduates go into the world enriched with the tools and resolve to help make it a better place for everyone they encounter
Padre Pio died in 1968 and is said to have experienced the stigmata, or the wounds of Jesus.
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican on Saturday fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world's
Pope Francis speaks not just to Catholics firm in their religious convictions, but also those of us who are "lost," still inextricably connected to the Church that raised us, but are categorically unable or unwilling to reconcile our consciences with some of its social teachings.
The same week that brought us the pope's inspiring message of hope also uncovered the worst kind of cynicism.
"I know that you share my conviction that much more still needs to be done."
We'll be inundated Pope, Pope, and more Pope 24-7 this week, as the pontiff makes his rounds in the nation's capital. Francis plans a White House visit, an outdoor mass in Washington, and a speech before Congress. He's also likely to join a rally on the National Mall.