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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 »

Abuse survivor says pope told him God loves him the way he is

VATICAN CITY | An abuse survivor, who had been disparaged for being a homosexual, said that Pope Francis told him that God made him that way and loved him for who he was. Juan Carlos Cruz — one of the three survivors from Chile who met with the pope April 27-30 at the Vatican —… Read more »

The Holy Spirit changes hearts, pope says on Pentecost

VATICAN CITY | Christians should begin each day invoking the Holy Spirit, praying that the Spirit will lead them and the church closer to God and closer to any person in need, Pope Francis said on Pentecost. Celebrating Mass May 20 in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope said the Bible, especially the Acts of the… Read more »

Pope will create 14 new cardinals in June

VATICAN CITY | Here are brief biographical notes about each of the 14 churchmen who will become cardinals June 29. Their names are listed in the order Pope Francis announced them May 20: • Iraqi Cardinal-designate Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic patriarch, was ordained a bishop eight months after the U.S. invasion of… Read more »

All of Chile’s bishops offer resignations after meeting pope on abuse

VATICAN CITY | Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal. “We want to announce that all bishops present in Rome, in writing, have placed our positions in the Holy Father’s hands so that he may freely decide regarding… Read more »