Pope Francis has brought out his first music album, keeping up a tradition started by his predecessors. With "Wake Up" his pop and rock melodies appeal to the younger generation.
The ex-head of a Vatican-run hospital was convicted of funneling a fortune to a local cardinal in a case that highlighted waste and lack of transparency at the Holy See. Pope Francis has sought to clean up the church.
Since Francis became pope in 2013, he has often honored Christians who have suffered for their faith in current times. He emphasized that the latest saints can serve as role models for today's Catholics.
Speaking before an advisory commission, Pope Francis has addressed the problem of sexual molestation by priests. He said he has learned from his own mistakes in dealing with offenders and called such abuse a "sickness."
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has met with Pope Francis for the first time since becoming head of state. Among the issues discussed were refugees and the electoral success of the far-right AfD.
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