Pope Francis led his first Easter services since becaming pontiff, as millions of Christians worldwide marked Good Friday.
It is "neither right nor true" to label Islam as a terrorist religion, Pope Francis said aboard the papal plane. He lamented young people turning to drugs, alcohol and fundamentalist groups.
As Christians around the world commemorated the crucifixion of Christ, Pope Francis denounced terrorism and indifference to refugees. The pontiff called on people not to be overwhelmed by the "apparent victory of evil."
Pope Francis has set up a Vatican panel to study the role of deaconesses in early Christianity. Equality advocates have hailed the move as a possible step towards women being allowed to serve as deacons in the future.
Bayreuth stage director Uwe Eric Laufenberg talks about festival scandals and his production on opening day, July 25. "Parsifal" is particularly interesting in times of widespread religious fundamentalism, he says.
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