While the pope has spoken out before about the Rohingya who have fled Myanmar, and the killing of Yazidi by Daesh in Iraq, it was the first time Pope mentioned the Uighurs.
Pope Francis, who welcomed gay couples to the Vatican on several occasions, defended their right to have a family in a documentary that premiered at the Rome Film Festival.
A virtual TED event also focused on ways in which damage to the environment can fuel social and racial injustice.
The spiritual leader of the Catholic world recently criticised capitalism, suggested he found the free market system inadequate when it comes to meeting basic human needs.
While the church has a vast body of members, the pandemic is leaving one of the oldest religious institutions in financial limbo.
Roman Catholic Priest Guilherme Peixoto is not typical cleric as he organises live music by his own way to cope with coronavirus crisis.
Speaking at his weekly blessing, delivered from the official papal library instead of St. Peter's Square because of the lockdown in Italy, Francis specifically mentioned the appeal Guterres made in a virtual news conference on Monday.
Scientists race to find a treatment, crews scrub everything from money to buses, and quarantines are being enforced from a beachfront resort in the Atlantic to an uninhabited island in the Pacific as the world fights the spread of the coronavirus.
President Salva Kiir hails "official ending of war" as rebel leader Riek Machar is sworn in as first vice president, formally rejoining government in latest bid to bring peace to African nation ravaged by war.
The celebration of Jesus's birth reminded humanity how "God continues to love us all, even the worst of us," Pope Francis says in his Christmas message.
Evo Morales called for the UN, and possibly Pope Francis, to mediate the Andean nation’s political crisis following his ouster as president in what he called a coup d’etat that forced him into exile in Mexico.
Pope Francis celebrated an opening Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Sunday with global attention newly focused on the forest fires that are devouring the Amazon.
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