The Pontiff made the statement while meeting with members of an Austrian center for autism.
A new Vatican think tank wants the Mafia to stop exploiting the image of the Virgin Mary for their own illicit ends.
In a new series of interviews, the pope praised "human, simple, moral pleasure" while criticizing the church's "overzealous morality."
Michel Mulloy, whom the pope appointed in June to head the Duluth diocese, has been accused of sexually abusing a minor.
The pontiff maintained social distance but didn't wear a mask as he greeted about 500 Catholics gathered in a Vatican courtyard.
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, who is responsible for doling out charity in Pope Francis's name, said the act of kindness was "normal" for the church.
On Earth Day during the coronavirus pandemic, the pope reminded his flock that humanity has no future if the environment is destroyed.
The coronavirus pandemic is especially hurting workers who have no steady income, the pope wrote in a letter to social activists.
At the Vatican, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in a largely empty St. Peter’s Basilica.
In light of the outbreak of COVID-19, many churchgoers are observing the holy day with family prayers, fasting and by watching livestreamed services.