Pope notes 'how quickly those among us with the status of a stranger, an immigrant or a refugee become a threat, take on the status of an enemy.'
Francis urges respect for gays and transsexuals but says normalizing gender theory with young people is 'ideological colonization.'
Scores of anti-Kabila protesters were killed in recent clashes with security forces.
The pontiff urged journalists not to stoke fear.
'Mercy was the salt which gave flavor to her work, it was the light which shone in the darkness of the many who no longer had tears to shed for their poverty and suffering,' pope says.
Death toll stands at 290 people with 10 still missing in Amatrice five days after an earthquake struck central Italy.
“Looking upon that cruelty, in that concentration camp, I thought immediately of the cruelties of today,” he said after last week’s visit.
“If I speak of Islamic violence, I also have to speak of Catholic violence,” said Francis.
The pontiff did not name any countries.
Religious leaders are now rejecting bad acts by Catholic bishops, criticizing believers for their homophobia and condemning extremist Islamic jihadists.
The pope angered Turkey by using the same term in a statement earlier this year.
Church conservatives blast Francis as 'irresponsible' for comments on the 'crisis of marriage.'
Pope Francis' affection for beauty vloggers and author Lindy West's memoir are among the five things we loved this week.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests skeptical of Pope Francis' decree.
The pope hinted he is a fan of beauty and fashion vlogs which impart advice to young fans.
Italian public shocked at the horrifying details of a girl's death in 2014.
Vatican evaluated refugee families who arrived in Greece before EU-Turkey deal to return arrivals.