Pope Francis has rejected additional security for his trip to Albania, despite warnings by Iraq's ambassador to the Holy See that he is a prime ISIS target.
Each of eight leaders of Eastern Catholic and Orthodox rites had a chance to speak individually to President Obama at a White House meeting.
Among the 20 couples Pope Francis will unite in marriage on Sunday are Catholics who have been living together and couples who already have children.
Cardinal George of Chicago writes, "The 'ruling class' is using civil law to impose its own form of morality on everyone," and likens the way U.S. Christians
"are fined for their religion" to Sharia law.
The most prominent Muslim leaders in France have joined in an unprecedented condemnation of ISISís persecution of Christians.
Pope Francis is pursuing a thaw in relations with mainland China and hopes to someday establish a diplomatic post in Beijing.
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