Vatican City: Young Syrians are gravitating towards the radical Islamic State due to a lack of prospects and the lure of financial support more than "ideological conviction", the pope`s Syria envoy said on Saturday.
Pope Francis arrived in the South Korean capital Seoul after sending an unprecedented message of goodwill to China as he flew over the country that does not allow its Catholics to recognise his authority.
Pope Francis holds his first meeting with victims of sexual abuse by priests on Monday, an encounter that some say should have happened long ago, and victims from his native Argentina say they are pained over their exclusion.
Six victims, two each from Ireland, Britain and Germany, will attend the pope`s private morning Mass in his Vatican residence and then meet with him afterwards, according to people who organised the meeting.
A southern Italian archbishop has proposed a 10-year moratorium on the naming of godfathers in a bid to stem the way mob bosses uses the "padrino" system to spread their influence and authority to the next generation.
Pope Francis told Israeli and Palestinian leaders they "must respond" to their people`s yearning for peace "undaunted in dialogue" during an unprecedented prayer meeting among Jews, Christians and Muslims at the Vatican on Sunday.
Israel`s government is boycotting its Palestinian counterpart with relations to a new low, and when their two presidents join Pope Francis in a Vatican prayer for peace on Sunday politics are likely to be absent.
The Vatican`s Secretary of State on Thursday defended the Palestinians` right to a "sovereign and independent" homeland and said he hoped Pope Francis`s upcoming visit would lead to "courageous decisions" for peace.