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Pope Francis approves four priorities for the Jesuits’ next decade

Pope Francis greets Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, superior general of the Society of Jesus, before a meeting with editors and staff of the Jesuit-run magazine, La Civilta Cattolica, at the Vatican Feb. 9. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)


Pope Francis vows to take "effective measures" in sex abuse cases

Pope Francis vowed that the Catholic Church would take "concrete and effective measures" against priests accused of sexual abuse as the Vatican's summit on the issue opened Thursday, according to Vatican News.


Pope Signs Pact With Muslims Pushing One-World Religion

Pope Francis recently signed a pact with Muslims in a possible push toward a one-world religion and declared that diversity of religions is God’s will. But wait. Doesn’t the Bible warn Christians about unifying with those who worship other gods and have contradictory beliefs?


Pope Francis' guidelines for concrete change over clerical sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis on Thursday (Feb 21) handed the world's top Catholic bishops guidelines to shape the debate at a landmark Vatican summit on tackling clerical sex abuse.


Francis inherits decades of abuse cover-up

Editor's note: Jason Berry was the first to report on clergy sex abuse in any substantial way, beginning with a landmark 1985 report about the Louisiana case involving a priest named Gilbert Gauthe. In 1992, he published Lead Us Not into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children,


Pope Francis seeks solutions, victims skeptical as historic clergy sex-abuse summit opens in Rome

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis warned top Roman Catholic leaders Thursday that they would need to emerge with more than just “predictable” statements as he opened a highly anticipated summit aimed at defining a worldwide response to clergy sex abuse.


Pope Francis Opens Vatican Summit on Sexual Abuse Crisis Within Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis told ecclesiastical leaders gathered for a major summit on combating sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church that they must find “concrete” solutions to end the crisis.


“Hot Photos” — The Vatican Knew about Zanchetta but Still Promoted Him

An Argentine newspaper, El Tribuno, the first one to have reported on the Zanchetta case, published documents on Thursday [February 21] that demonstrate how bishops, the cardinal primate of Argentina, the nuncio, the Vatican, and the pope himself personally knew since 2015 about the case of a bishop


Pope vows 'concrete' measures at child sexual abuse summit

Pope Francis has opened a landmark Vatican conference on the sexual abuse of children by priests, saying the Catholic church would “listen to the cry of the little ones seeking justice”.


Pope Francis demands action on sex abuse from church leaders

In a historic move for the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has summoned church leaders to Rome for a unprecedented summit on clergy sex abuse. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports for TODAY from Vatican City.


Pope, opening abuse conference, says Church has to listen to victims

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, opening a landmark Vatican conference on clergy sexual abuse, said on Thursday the Roman Catholic Church would “listen to the cry of the little ones seeking justice”. In a short opening statement, he said Catholics and victims were expecting not simple, predict


Pope Francis lays out 'concrete measures' to stop Catholic sex abuse

Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Catholics need "concrete and effective measures" to stop the "plague" of sexual abuse in the church, Pope Francis told a historic gathering of senior bishops in Vatican City Thursday.


“Hear the cry of the little ones who plead for justice,” Pope Francis tells Vatican summit fighting sex abuse

Pope Francis on Thursday opened a landmark Vatican summit on fighting child sex abuse, calling for “concrete measures” and handing top Catholic bishops a roadmap to tackling paedophilia in the church.


Pope opens historic Vatican summit on clergy sex abuse with warning to church leaders

Vatican City -- Pope Francis warned bishops and religious superiors summoned Thursday to a landmark sex abuse prevention summit that the Catholic faithful are demanding not only condemnation of the crimes but concrete action to respond to the scandal.


With Sex-Abuse Summit, Pope Francis Signals a ‘Pastoral’ Approach

COMMENTARY: The Feb. 21-24 meeting takes the view that bishops who think as the Pope wishes them to think about their role as shepherds will then do the right thing in tackling sex abuse.


Pope Francis offers 21-point plan to counter sexual abuse by clergy

Pope Francis offered a 21-point plan to combat sexual abuse by members of the clergy during a church summit on Thursday at the Vatican. The proposals, according to The Vatican's website, include new procedures to investigate accusations and protect victims, raising the minimum marriage age to 16, re


Pope promises 'concrete' actions on sex abuse

Pope Francis on Thursday pledged "concrete" action to address the sexual abuse crisis that has plagued the Catholic Church. “Listen to the cry of the young, who want justice,” Francis said during a sexual abuse prevention summit, according to The Associated Press.


AP Explains: Why Pope Francis wants global approach to abuse scandal

Pope Francis has summoned nearly 200 church leaders to the Vatican for a four-day meeting on preventing clergy sex abuse and listening to the victims. AP's Nicole Winfield says Francis has told bishops to move beyond condemnation of abuse cases and take more concrete action.


Vatican summit places Pope at center of church history (Editorial)

The ascent of Pope Francis to the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church in 2013 came with anticipation based on a widely held belief: this pope was different. To his advocates, Pope Francis understood the church’s desperate need to address 21st Century cultural, social and religious realities. To


‘The pope ignored them’: Alleged abuse of deaf children on two continents points to Vatican failings

LUJAN DE CUYO, Argentina — When investigators swept in and raided the religious Antonio Provolo Institute for the Deaf, they uncovered one of the worst cases yet among the global abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church: a place of silent torment where prosecutors say pedophiles preyed on the mos