Some 43-thousand young people from Pope Frances' native country are heading to Brazil to see him. Most of them are travelling the 2700 kilometers by bus. Many received financial support from Argentina's Catholic Church.
Colombians need to participate in a reconciliation process after years of conflict, Pope Francis told a million believers at a Mass in Medellin. Jesus' way of life calls for a path of love and non-violence, he said.
The G20 summit has concluded in the German city of Hamburg, with leaders of 19 nations recognizing the US' decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement. They, however, renewed their pledge to implement the climate deal.
His public appearances are unconventional, and he urges global solidarity. At times he causes controversy. He wants to reform the Catholic Church and bring it closer to the people. Pope Francis is turning 80.
He was regarded as aloof and conservative - as a "transitional pope." Indeed, his eight-year papacy, which ended with his resignation, was relatively short. Here are little known sides of the German pope.
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