‘For a Middle East without Christians would not be the Middle East,’ said Francis, who also prayed in front of the relics of St. Nicholas over the weekend.
The longtime Vatican diplomat died Thursday in Connecticut after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Aid to the Church in Need presented the charity’s 2017 activity report Wednesday in Rome.
Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, who admitted guilt, was given a five-year prison sentence and fine of 5,000 euro at the close of his two-day trial.
Lack of unity among Christians is not only ‘openly contrary to the will of Christ,’ but is also ‘a scandal to the world and harms the most holy of causes: the preaching of the Gospel to every creature,’ Francis said June 21.
Women must continue to be promoted, he said, in Vatican roles.
In the June 20 statement, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, said the alleged abuse happened nearly 50 years ago.
Holy Father backs the U.S. bishops’ opposition to the separation of migrant children from their parents at the Mexican border.
The working document for the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and the Discernment of Vocation was published June 19, and includes contributions from both young people themselves, and bishops’ conferences.