President Barack Obama claimed in a wide-ranging interview that he has met most hopes and expectations people had of his presidency, and also singled out Pope Francis' visit to the White House as a stand-out moment.
"I've done a lot of them and I've made progress on almost all of them," Obama told "CBS This Morning" about voters' expectations in an interview that was posted on Tuesday.
"I feel pretty good about being able to match up what I said I would accomplish with what has been accomplished. I mentioned in the State of the Union that one of the things I regret though is that I haven't been able to drain some of the rancor that exists here in Washington," he continued. more >>
Ahead of his trip to Mexico, Pope Francis prayed that the international community would aid Syrian refugees seeking asylum in the West.
The pontiff made his comments during his weekly Angelus Address from St. Peter's Square, calling on the "generous solidarity" of the world to help those suffering in the war-torn Middle East.
Francis told the audience gathered at the Vatican that he was concerned by "the dramatic fate of civilian populations involved in heavy fighting in Syria [who] are forced to leave everything behind to escape the horrors of war." more >>
The town of Nazareth in Israel, where Jesus Christ is said to have grown up, is preparing to host the Roman Catholic World Day of the Sick event Thursday, to honor the infirm and their caretakers.
Fides News Agency reported that the event will include a series of liturgical celebrations in different cities across Israel, in which sick people will be administered the sacrament of anointing of the sick.
There will also be a discussion concerning the care of the terminally ill and the ethical issues of the end of life, which will take place on Tuesday at the Notre Dame de Jerusalem Centre, and will be attended by international experts. more >>
In his first interview on China, Pope Francis urged the world not to fear the communist country's fast rise and sent Chinese New Year's greetings to the Chinese people and President Xi Jinping, but didn't raise the issue of religious restrictions.
"For me, China has always been a reference point of greatness. A great country. But more than a country, a great culture, with an inexhaustible wisdom," the pope told Hong Kong-based Asia Times in the interview.
The Vatican does not have formal relations with China, but has had three rounds of negotiations with Beijing since 2014, and as a result China recently recognized two bishops approved by the Vatican. more >>
After years of disagreement, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox leader Patriarch Kirill are planning to meet next week in Cuba to discuss the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
The church leaders will meet at the Havana International Airport in Cuba on Feb. 12 and engage in a two-hour discussion on how to resolve the persecution of Christians, especially at the hands of the Islamic State terror group.
The upcoming encounter marks the first time Church leaders from the two denominations has come face to face in over 1,000 years. The Russian Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church separated in 1054 and have had a tense, alienated relationship ever since. more >>
Donald Trump and Pope Francis are among the nominees for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, experts confirmed Wednesday.
Along with Trump and the pope, the names of two other candidates have been released, including the Afghan Women's Cycling Team and Nadia Murad, who escaped Islamic State captivity and is now an activist for rape victims.
More names are expected to be released throughout the month of February, and members of the five-person Norwegian Nobel Committee can submit their own votes for candidates after their February 29 meeting. more >>