The pope prepares to head to Aparecida, a pilgrimage site in Brazil today where he'll hold mass for over 200,000 people.
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.
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 presidential decree opening up the Renca reserve in northern Brazil had been met with protests and a partial climbdown. But the attorney general is to appeal the federal court decision suspending the mining.
Pope Francis has made saints of two Portuguese shepherd children who claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary 100 years ago. Their reported visions turned the town of Fatima into one of the world's major Catholic shrines.
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