August 22, 2018

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Vatican wants accountability for abusers, those who protected them

In the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, a Vatican spokesman called the abuses described in the report as being “criminal and morally reprehensible.” “Victims should know that the Pope is on their side. Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to […]

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Pennsylvania grand jury says the Church was interested in hiding abuse

A Pennsylvania grand jury report issued 14 August paints a picture of a Catholic Church in six of the state’s dioceses that for decades handled claims of sex abuse of minors under its care by hiding the allegations and brushing aside its victims. More than 300 priests were linked to abuse claims and more than […]

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Pope accepts Archbishop Wilson’s resignation

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishop Philip Wilson, who had been found guilty by an Australian court of failing to inform police about child sexual abuse allegations. The Vatican made the announcement July 30. Archbishop Wilson of Adelaide was sentenced to 12 months of house arrest by the Newcastle Lower Court July 3 with […]

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Irish pro-life campaigners criticise Google decision to ban campaign ads

Irish pro-life campaigners have criticised a decision by tech giant Google to ban campaign advertisements before the May 25 referendum on whether the right to life of the unborn should continue to be enshrined in the constitution. The government wants voters to amend the constitution to repeal the Eighth Amendment, which currently guarantees the right […]

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Pope: Heaven is an encounter with Jesus, not a boring waiting room

Heaven is not an eternally dull existence but rather the completion of a journey toward a promised encounter with the Lord, Pope Francis said. Although Christians may know full well that their goal is to go to heaven, “we begin to slip” when asked, “What is heaven,” the Pope said in his homily April 27 […]

The Peace House, the venue for the summit between the Koreas, is pictured April 18 at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea. Leaders of both Koreas will meet April 27 for a historic summit just inside South Korean territory. PHOTO: CNS/Kim Hong-Ji, Reuters

South Korean bishop hopes North-South summit brings results

Bishop Peter Lee Ki-heon of Uijeongbu has been waiting years for this moment, with the leaders of the two divided Koreas poised to meet for a historic summit just inside South Korean territory April 27. Ucanews.com reported Bishop Lee, president of the Korean bishops’ Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People, released a statement […]

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Sharing ‘fake news’ makes one an accomplice in evil, Pope says

People have a responsibility to check the source of what they share on social media to ensure it is not “fake news” designed to further prejudices or increase fear, Pope Francis said. Fake news grabs people’s attention “by appealing to stereotypes and common social prejudices, and exploiting instantaneous emotions like anxiety, contempt, anger and frustration,” […]

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Pope apologises to sex abuse victims, defends accused Chilean bishop

Aboard the Papal flight from Peru Pope Francis apologised to victims of clergy sex abuse, saying he unknowingly wounded them by the way he defended a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse by his mentor. Speaking with journalists on his flight to Rome from Lima, Peru, January 21, the Pope said he only realised […]

Pope Francis walks with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as he arrives at the international airport in Santiago, Chile, Jan 15. PHOTO: CNS photo/Paul Haring

Pope begins seven-day pilgrimage to Chile, Peru

On January 15 Pope Francis arrived in Santiago, the first stop on a seven-day, six-city visit to Peru and Chile, where he will take his message of hope to people on the margins of society. Arriving in Santiago after more than 15 hours in the air, Pope Francis was greeted by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet […]

Family members bring up the offertory gifts as Pope Francis celebrates Mass marking the World Day of Migrants and Refugees in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 14. PHOTO: CNS/Paul Haring

Fear becomes sin when it leads to hostility towards migrants, Pope says

Being afraid and concerned about the impact of migration is not a sin, Pope Francis said, but it is a sin to let those fears lead to a refusal to help people in need. “The sin is to allow these fears to determine our responses, to limit our choices, to compromise respect and generosity, to […]

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Caring for the sick is antidote to business mentality: Pope

The Catholic Church’s care for the sick, especially through Catholic-run hospitals, is an antidote to “the business mentality that is seeking worldwide to turn health care into a profit-making enterprise,” Pope Francis said. In his message for World Day of the Sick, released ahead of its February 11 date, the pope urged Catholics individually and […]

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Pope meets generals after welcome by children in Myanmar

Greeted by two dozen children wearing traditional attire and by the nation’s bishops, Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar on 27 November for a four-day visit. The arrival ceremony at the Yangon airport was brief and led by an envoy of the president, because the formal welcome was scheduled for the next day in Naypyitaw, which […]