Pope Francis

In a video, His Holiness Pope Francis speaks at TED2017, April 25, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED
Michael J. O’Loughlin April 25, 2017
Pope Francis asked all people to work toward a future that lifts up society’s most marginalized, including migrants, the sick, the unemployed and prisoners.
Bishop Gianfranco Todisco requested an early retirement, saying he wanted to return to missionary work. Screenshot from YouTube
Bishop Gianfranco Todisco said he wrote to the pope last year saying he wanted to return to his work as a missionary.
Pope Francis and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi shake hands during a private audience in 2014 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Gabriel Bouys pool, via Reuters)
"I hope that this visit will be an embrace of consolation and of encouragement to all Christians in the Middle East," the pope said.
At Rome's Basilica of St. Bartholomew, a shrine to modern martyrs, Pope Francis presided over an evening prayer service April 22, honoring Christians killed under Nazism, communism, dictatorships and terrorism.
Pope Francis greets Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of Egypt's al-Azhar mosque and university, during a private meeting in 2016 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
Gerard O’Connell April 21, 2017
Pope Francis will be in Egypt for two days beginning on April 28.
Mourners attend the April 10 funeral for victims of a bomb attack the previous day at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Tanta, Egypt. (CNS photo/Mohamed Hossam, EPA)
Pope Francis "will affirm that there is a certain solidarity among Christians" and that "we are all related together by Jesus."