Trusting in God's infinite mercy, people should not be afraid or embarrassed to go to confession, Pope Francis said.
August is the heart of vacation time in Italy and at the Vatican, so the pope's schedule will continue to be lighter than normal.
Pope Francis said he will dedicate his one-day visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina to encouraging a minority Catholic community in the faith, fostering ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, and calling for peace and harmony after the devastations of…
Pope Francis told the mayors that they were important because they were at the "grass roots" and could make concrete changes and put pressure on leaders above them.
Families are weakened and destroyed by war, "the mother of all forms of poverty," as well as by economies and policies that worship money and power, Pope Francis said.
Abortion, abandoning migrants at sea, unsafe working conditions, malnutrition, terrorism and euthanasia are all "attacks on life," said Pope Francis.
"Our communion with God always brings forth fruit, always gives life," Pope Francis said in his homily.
Pope Francis returned to his roots July 12 when he visited Banado Norte, a poor neighborhood near the Paraguay River where residents battle seasonal flooding and face possible eviction.
Vatican magistrates have decided to postpone the proceedings of a criminal trial against a former Vatican nuncio due to the defendant's ill health.
The archbishop called Pope Francis' visit "a true gift for all regardless of faith tradition."