Pope Francis led his first Easter services since becaming pontiff, as millions of Christians worldwide marked Good Friday.
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.
Pope Francis has presided over the Via Crucis procession at Rome's Colosseum under tight security. He told the crowd he felt shame because future generations would inherit a world "fractured by divisions and wars."
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.
Germany's Good Friday laws on noise and festivities are controversial. The laws' reach into Muslim circumcision parties raises questions about separation of church and state that could end up in Germany's top court.
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