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Pope’s opening words at summit on abuse underway in Vatican

A meeting on “The Protection of Minors in the Church” was inaugurated today in the Vatican. It will run through February 24, and is chaired by Pope Francis. The meeting is attended by the presidents of the local bishops’ conferences, the heads of the Eastern Catholic Churches, representatives of the


Pope offers prayers after fire in Bangladesh kills at least 78

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on January 31, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. “His Holiness Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the loss of life and of the injuries caused by the conflagration in the centre of Dhaka,” said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of


As Pope Holds Sex Abuse Summit, U.S. Catholics Not Hopeful For 'Bold Moves'

Never in the history of the Roman Catholic Church has a pope ordered bishops from around the world to come together and consider how many priests abuse children sexually and how many church officials cover for the abusers. The scandal of clergy sex abuse has deep roots in church history, but church


Pope: Even if you resent your dad, you can still have the experience of the Father’s love

When we pray “Our Father who art in heaven,” we aren’t expressing that God is distant or removed from us, Pope Francis explains. Instead, we’re affirming that God’s love is other, well beyond anything that we could experience from even the most loving of fathers on earth.


Abuse victims demand to see pope, say bishops should be sacked

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy on Wednesday demanded to meet Pope Francis personally to press demands that bishops who covered up such offences be dismissed from the priesthood.


Pope’s Biographer Questions If Jesus Had Homosexual Tendencies

Writer Austen Ivereigh, founder of the Catholic media organization "Catholic Voices" and biographer of Pope Francis, has openly questioned if Jesus Christ had "homosexual tendencies."


Pope Francis calls Catholic church critics ‘friends of the devil’

Pope Francis said that people who constantly criticize the Catholic church are “friends of the devil” — on the eve of the Vatican summit on dealing with the sex abuse of minors.


Pope Francis skips meeting with survivors on eve of Vatican clergy abuse summit

Clergy sexual abuse survivors were left waiting for answers Wednesday as an international mix of Catholic Church leaders gathered in Rome to address the child sexual abuse scandal that has rocked parishes around the world — including Western Pennsylvania.


Francis must fix cover-up culture that John Paul II enabled

Pope John Paul II embraces Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio after presenting the new cardinal with a red beretta at the Vatican Feb. 21, 2001, setting the stage for the Bergoglio's later election as Pope Francis. (CNS/Reuters)


Pope Francis calls church critics ‘friends of the devil’ as abuse victims demand to meet with him

ROME -- In St. Peter's Square in the Eternal City, it is business as usual with tourists from all parts the world snapping pictures and selfies in one of the most visited places on earth. Unbeknownst to many is the unprecedented gathering about to begin at the Vatican that could affect the Catholic


Pope Michael Declares Emergency to Install Communion Rails

Pope Michael announced Friday that he was declaring a state of emergency to construct communion rails in all Catholic churches across the globe. Bypassing Pope Francis, Michael said he would use executive action “granted to him by God” to siphon money from the Knights of Columbus as well as Peter’s


At Pope's abuse summit, Church seeks to fix "systematic failures"

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Church must repair the “systematic failures” that enabled sexual abuse to take root around the world, and bishops should start policing each other’s behaviour, leading cardinals said on Friday.


Pope promises change at first sex abuse summit

Pope Francis opened a landmark Vatican conference on the sexual abuse of children by priests on Thursday by saying the Church would ''listen to the cry of the little ones seeking justice''. Gracie Jerome reports.


How far will Pope Francis go in rooting out sexual abuse?

“WE HEAR THE cry of the little ones asking for justice,” said Pope Francis on February 21st to 100 bishops from around the world and other leading members of the Catholic hierarchy who had gathered in the Vatican for a four-day meeting on clerical sex abuse. The conference is the most conspicuous ef


Padre Pio loved the Church even with its many problems, says pope

Pope Francis today had an audience with faithful from the Italian Archdiocese of Benevento, who came to Rome to mark the anniversary of Francis’ visit in honor of Padre Pio last year.


St. Francis de Sales’s solution for our toxic public discourse

“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak. By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Mt 12: 36-37)


At Pope Francis' Summit, Catholic Bishops Forced to Confront International Sexual Abuse

The Roman Catholic Church must repair the "systematic failures" that enabled sexual abuse to take root around the world, and bishops should start policing each other's behavior, leading cardinals said on Friday.


Pope Francis is holding the Vatican’s first summit on sexual abuse. Recent scandals suggest it is long overdue.

On Thursday, senior bishops will descend on the Vatican for an unprecedented summit focused on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The gathering, which Pope Francis announced in September, will attempt to address ways of preventing abuse as well as protecting children, the Vatican said.


Pa. victims make their presence known at Pope Francis’ sex-abuse summit

VATICAN CITY — As a boy raised Catholic in Erie, Pa., Jim VanSickle never imagined that his first trip to Rome would be to talk about the priest who tried to sexually assault him in a rundown hotel room just days before his high school graduation.


Pope says church's attackers are linked to devil

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Vatican summit on dealing with sex abuse of minors (all times local):. Pope Francis says that those who are constantly attacking the church are linked to the devil.