Pope Francis celebrated the first mass of his papacy, a day after the Argentinian Cardinal was elected successor to Benedict. Francis, who is presenting himself as a modest man, called on Catholics to return to the gospels and shun worldliness.
Pope Francis has told young people that populism starts by sowing hate. He noted Hitler and Nazi Germany rose to power through the use of populism.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to extend an invitation to Pope Francis. The head of the Roman Catholic Church had previously encouraged North and South Korea to resolve their differences through dialogue.
A four-week summit has ended with a call to give women bigger roles in church decision-making. Only seven nuns were invited to participate in the nearly 300-member synod.
The Vatican and Beijing have announced a historic, provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops in China. But critics say the deal weakens the Catholic Church's moral authority.
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