"Ramadan and 'Jd al-Fitr thus are special occasions to foster fraternity between Christians and Muslims."
About 150,000 people participated in the canonisation of the saint known as the "Secretary of Divine Mercy."
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Italian Bishops said they would "not accept freedom of religion to be compromised."
Stefan Wyszyński was a legendary pillar of Poland's fight against the communist regime as well as a respected figure of authority.
A Vatican Congregation is sending medical supplies to Syria and the Holy Land as the coronavirus spreads across the Middle East.
The German Pope is considered as one of the greatest contemporary theologians.
"Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Mt 5:10).
He prayed for the dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, and for the end of hostilities in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon.
Francis watched from under a canopy on the steps of the basilica as ten people carried a cross and burned torches towards him.