Devastating conflicts, violence and persecution in places like Syria and South Sudan had left a record 65.6 million people uprooted from their homes by the end of 2016.
Pope Francis has long railed against corruption and the mafia, but now the Vatican is considering developing a whole doctrine around excommunicating corrupt and mafia-tinged Catholics.
Uncertainty and confusion surrounded the fate of the head of the Islamic State group Friday as Russia announced it may have killed him in an airstrike.
Earlier this week, an Israeli panel approved construction of approximately 1,800 new settlements in the West Bank.
Eastern European countries including Hungary, Poland and Slovakia have flatly opposed an EU plan adopted in 2015.