During Mass for Sunday of the Word of God, Pope Francis formally conferred upon lay Catholics the ministries of lector and catechist.
The saint is revered by both Catholics and Orthodox Christians.
His comments came a day after the publication of the Munich abuse report.
The International Labour Organization estimates that 2.3 million people lose their lives in work-related accidents or diseases every year worldwide.
Pope Francis is expected to proclaim Irenaeus a ‘Doctor of Unity.’
He also named an apostolic visitor for Eritrean Catholics in Europe.
The pope made the comment at his general audience.
The letter was sent by Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech.
The candidates come from three continents.
Pope Francis has urged journalists in the Middle East to keep telling stories from the Holy Land.
During his Sunday Angelus address, the pope called on people to take part in the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The museums are a major source of revenue for the Holy See.
The pope discussed his devotion to St. Joseph in an interview with L’Osservatore Romano.
The pope was speaking to French Catholic Action groups.
He led a moment’s silence at his general audience.
The pope was giving his annual “state of the world” address.
The pope baptized 16 babies in the Sistine Chapel.
The pope was addressing a Vatican-based lay association.
‘Do not hesitate to invoke the Holy Spirit to guide your choices,’ he said.