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World has not learned lessons from Great War, pope says

VATICAN CITY | The brutality of the First World War is a lesson that the world has yet to learn, Pope Francis said. World War I is a chapter in history that serves as a dire warning and a call for world leaders “to reject the culture of war and to seek every legitimate means… Read more »

All Souls feast is time to remember, to hope, pope says

ROME | The Mass for the feast of All Souls is “realistic, concrete” in calling Catholics to remember the people and events of their past, to consider how they live today and to hope for eternal life with God and their loved ones who preceded them, Pope Francis said. Celebrating an outdoor Mass Nov. 2,… Read more »

Nations are built by migrants, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Countries do not develop by themselves; they are built by migrants, Pope Francis said. And migrants often choose to travel to a new land in a group, like those currently traveling through Central America and heading to the border between the U.S. and Mexico, he added, in off-the-cuff remarks Oct. 29 to… Read more »

On plane, pope discusses sex abuse, corruption of cover-up, China pact

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO ROME | The Catholic Church has grown in its understanding of the horror of clerical sexual abuse and of the “corruption” of covering it up, Pope Francis said. Returning to Rome from a trip Sept. 22-25 to the Baltic nations, Pope Francis was asked about his remarks to young people… Read more »

Pope: Pray to protect church from devil, step up fight against abuse

VATICAN CITY | Signaling his belief that the Catholic Church is facing a serious crisis, Pope Francis asked every Catholic in the world to pray for the protection of the church from attacks by the devil, but also that the church would be more aware of its sins and stronger in its efforts to combat… Read more »

Pope to convene world meeting on abuse prevention with bishops’ leaders

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis is calling the presidents of every Catholic bishops’ conference in the world to Rome Feb. 21-24 to discuss the prevention of the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. The Vatican made the announcement Sept. 12 after the pope and members of his international Council of Cardinals wrapped up three days… Read more »

Washington cardinal to meet with pope to discuss resignation

WASHINGTON | In an effort to bring healing and best serve the Catholic Church, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington announced he plans to meet soon with Pope Francis to discuss the resignation that he submitted three years ago. The cardinal made the comments in a Sept. 11 letter to the priests of the archdiocese…. Read more »

As abuse crisis continues, pope to meet with USCCB officers, Vatican says

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis will meet Sept. 13 with Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and with Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the Vatican press office announced. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of… Read more »

Is there truth in Archbishop Vigano’s text and how are Catholics to know?

VATICAN CITY | Catholics in the pews and even priests in the Vatican are confused about the long document Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano published claiming Pope Francis turned a blind eye to information he had about the sexual misconduct of now-Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick. Pope Francis’ response to journalists Aug. 26 that they should read… Read more »