“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.
It's a sign of just how far the Vatican has come on economic issues.
Tom Uzhunnalil was kidnapped from a retirement home in Aden, reportedly by militants.
A document published by the Vatican urges tolerance and understanding.
But he restated there are "absolutely no grounds" to equate gay unions to heterosexual marriage.
The paper will affect the lives of 1.3 billion Catholics.
In Easter message, pontiff mentions recent attacks in Brussels, Turkey, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Iraq.
Pope Francis says arms manufacturers deserve blame for Brussels attacks.