Pope Francis condemned a "worrying" resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe and urged the continuation of dialogue between Christians and Jews.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu lashed out at Pope Francis for "inappropriate" and "one-sided" comments.
The Pope led Catholics in prayer for persecuted Christians around the world at a Good Friday service in Rome.
Pope Francis denounced the "intolerable brutality" being inflicted on Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria by Islamic State group militants.
Pope Francis expressed "profound sadness" over the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic militants in Libya, saying they had been killed for their faith.
Pope Francis will bring his message of peace and compassion to politically gridlocked Washington in September when he becomes the first pontiff to address the US Congress.
Pope Francis has met a Spanish transsexual and his fiancée at the Vatican, opening his doors to a man dubbed "the devil's daughter" by a local priest.
Pope Francis has said that good Catholics do not have to breed "like rabbits".
Pope Francis will fly back to Rome after a dramatic week in Asia that saw him draw record crowds and hammer home his pro-poor message to millions.
Pope Francis says he has come to the Philippines to help the poor, but the country's biggest businesses and multinationals are also cashing in.
Pope Francis will immerse himself in the Catholic Church's passionate and chaotic Asian heartland as he lands in the Philippines for a five-day trip.
Pope Francis set off for a six-day trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, where his open-air masses are expected to draw millions.
Pope Francis on Sunday named 20 new cardinals, a majority of them from Africa, Asia and Latin America, increasingly key areas.
The Philippines's largest broadcaster pulled souvenir T-shirts for an upcoming papal visit from its stores.
Pope Francis roundly condemned jihadist violence and the "brutal persecution" of religious minorities in a Christmas message.
Pope Francis urged people to have greater empathy towards family and friends with problems in his Christmas Eve mass.
Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as "historic" in Europe and South America.
Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders worldwide to "clearly" condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam.
Pope Francis heads to Turkey with a brief to use his populist touch to rebuild bridges with the Islamic world that were damaged by his predecessor Benedict XVI.
Pope Francis heads to Strasbourg for a lightning visit to the European Parliament, where he hopes to help reinvigorate a "tired" Europe.