The Catholic leader said he hopes the surprise get-together will prove to be "good for the whole world."
Pope Francis has often spoken up in support of migrants and refugees seeking to escape war and poverty around the world.
Pope Francis has moved the Rev. Augustus Tolton into the second stage of the four-part canonization process. There are still no black American Catholic saints.
Legislation to legalize abortion in the South American country was introduced on the International Day of Action for Women’s Health on Tuesday.
The Catholic leader told Mexico's Televisa that he is willing to personally tell the president that it is wrong to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Despite restrictions imposed by the Vatican, Theodore McCarrick was allowed to rise in the ranks and play prominent diplomatic roles under Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.
The law from the Vatican provides whistleblower protections for anyone making a report.
The donation will go toward helping those fleeing Central American who have found the U.S. border "closed to them," the Vatican said.
The president said he spoke with the Roman Catholic leader to offer his condolences over the destruction at the iconic Paris cathedral.
The pope expressed his closeness to the people of France as Paris’ iconic centuries-old cathedral was devastated by flames.
The retired pope published an essay pointing to the sexual revolution and flawed church laws as reasons for the Catholic church's abuse scandal.
The pontiff said challenges of migration "must be resolved differently, humanely" and "not with razor wire."
This is the first time the Vatican has passed a law requiring its officials to report sex abuse allegations to police -- or face possible jail time.
A Gallup survey has found that the church's sex abuse scandal is causing Catholics to question their membership.
Jewish groups have accused Pius of staying silent during the Holocaust. But Catholic officials insist he worked hard behind the scenes to save lives.
The pope botched a known coverup case last year in Chile.
Pope Francis, the first Latin American pope, called the summit after he himself botched a well-known sex abuse cover-up case in Chile last year.
Cardinals Raymond Burke and Walter Brandmüller wrote church leaders that clergy sex abuse is only part of a much greater crisis.
While victims’ testimonies are woven into some key moments, there appear to be no sessions wholly dedicated to listening to their demands for concrete action.