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Pope: Abuse victims’ outcry more powerful than efforts to silence them

VATICAN CITY | “No effort must be spared” to prevent future cases of clerical sexual abuse and “to prevent the possibility of their being covered up,” Pope Francis said in a letter addressed “to the people of God.” “I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of… Read more »

Do good to fight indifference, apathy, pope tells young people

VATICAN CITY | Being a Christian isn’t just about not doing evil, but it is a daily exercise in loving others through good works and deeds, Pope Francis said. Many times, Christians can be tempted to “think they are saints” and justify themselves by saying, “I don’t harm anyone,” the pope told thousands of Italian… Read more »

On Assumption feast, pope asks consolation for all who suffer

VATICAN CITY | Mary’s assumption into heaven was a special sign of God’s favor, but it also indicates God’s desire to save all people, body and soul, Pope Francis said. Reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption Aug. 15, Pope Francis also asked the crowd in St. Peter’s Square to join him… Read more »

Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

VATICAN CITY | Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and to commit the church to working toward… Read more »

Pope accepts resignations of three Chilean bishops in wake of scandal

VATICAN CITY | After an in-depth Vatican-led investigation into clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 61-year-old Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, and two other Chilean bishops June 11. The two other bishops, who had reached the customary retirement age of 75, were Archbishop Cristian Caro Cordero of Puerto Montt… Read more »

Synod working document seeks ‘new paths’ of evangelization in Amazon

VATICAN CITY | The Catholic Church must discover new ways to provide the Eucharist and pastoral support to the people of the Amazon, especially indigenous people threatened by forced displacement and exploitation, a new document said. The Vatican released the preparatory document for the special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon June 8. The synod… Read more »

Gossip destroys Holy Spirit’s gift of peace, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Peace is a gift that can easily be destroyed through petty gossip and speaking ill of others, Pope Francis said. People who receive and give the sign of peace “should be men and women of peace” and not ruin “the peace made by the Holy Spirit with your tongue,” the pope said… Read more »

Space station crew members give pope custom-made blue flight suit

VATICAN CITY | If Pope Francis ever plans an apostolic trip to space, he’s all set after receiving a custom-made blue flight suit with patches of the Argentine flag, his papal coat of arms and a pair of angel wings with his crew name, Jorge M. Bergoglio. The outfit also came with add-on white mantle,… Read more »

Holy Spirit offers gifts that should be cherished, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis asked Catholics to recognize and be thankful for the undeserved gift of the Holy Spirit they received with the sacrament of confirmation. “It is a gift to be cherished with care” and to follow with docility, “letting oneself be molded like wax from the burning love” of the Holy Spirit,… Read more »

Singing for the pope?

WEST PALM BEACH | Members of the St. Ann youth choir are taking their musical talents on the road and singing their hearts out in hopes to present the biggest performance of their lives—singing before Pope Francis in Rome next year. But they need prayers and support. “To get to meet the pope and to… Read more »