Mexico is home to the world’s second-largest Catholic community after Brazil.
The Vatican says the trip is to focus on inter-religious dialogue and peace.
The pope says he is looking to write a new page in relations between religions with his visit to the United Arab Emirates.
The head of the Catholic Church hopes for renewed peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.
The Roman Catholic Church's position is that homosexual acts are sinful and the pontiff's stance on homosexuality is not new.
The bishops will take part in a month-long meeting, known as a synod, that starts on Wednesday to discuss the role of young people in the 1.2 billion-member Church.
The announcement had been expected amid speculation that it could lead to a normalisation of ties between the Vatican and Beijing.
It is the latest in a slew of assault allegations against the Catholic Church spanning several continents.
Francis said he would "not say one word" on the 11-page document, in which a former Vatican official says Francis should resign.
Years of sexual abuse scandals have shattered the credibility of the Church which four decades ago dominated Irish society.
Francis asked that Ireland would not forget "the powerful strains of the Christian message" that have sustained it in the past, and can continue to do so in the future.
As Pope Francis prepares to meet some victims during a visit to Ireland this weekend, his first as pontiff, here are the most prominent abuse cases to come to light.
The update also says the Church will "work with determination" for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide.
The Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic order founded by Mother Teresa in India, said it was "carefully looking into" charges of baby trafficking levelled against a nun and a worker at one of its homes.
The episode is an example of one of the battles this pope has fought to change the culture of the Vatican even incrementally, to turn it and the Church beyond its walls into a more efficient, inclusive and forgiving institution.
In an expletive-laden speech last Friday before government officials, Duterte expressed disbelief in the Catholic story of creation and described the teaching that humans have already sinned at birth as a “very stupid proposition.”
During his visit to Geneva, he will take part in an "ecumenical prayer" for the organisation's 70th anniversary, highlighting his commitment to unity between various Christian denominations.
Ex-Pope Benedict blasts conservatives who say Pope Francis is too lenient on divorced Catholics and homosexuals, and too defensive of migrants.
A former jail officer dies of a heart attack after joining the scramble to climb onto a carriage bearing an image of the Black Nazarene.
Its general secretary Rev Herman Shastri says most churches follow the position of United Nations on this issue.
Father Teresito 'Chito' Suganob, a Catholic priest assigned to Marawi, was taken hostage along with some parishioners early in the siege.
The allegations came from two men, now in their 40s, who said he groped them in summer 1978-79 at the Eureka pool in Ballarat, Australia, where the cleric grew up and worked.
Catholic church advises parents to discern and reflect with their children on whether the lifestyle portrayed is consonant with the teachings of Christ.
Many Filipinos believe touching or getting close to the life-sized statue can lead to the healing of otherwise incurable ailments and other good fortune.
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