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Even when people reject God, his love is never lacking, pope says

VATICAN CITY | God’s love is never lacking, despite people’s sins and rejection of his presence in their lives, Pope Francis said at a Lenten penance service. “Sin is the way that we distance ourselves from him. Yet that does not mean that God distances himself from us. The state of weakness and confusion that… Read more »

Ex-Chilean seminarian: meeting with Vatican abuse investigator ‘intense’

NEW YORK | A former Chilean seminarian who accused a current bishop of abuse cover-up met with a Vatican investigator and said he finally felt he had been heard. Juan Carlos Cruz met for nearly four hours Feb. 17 with Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, a longtime expert on clergy sex abuse. Cruz, who currently… Read more »

Lent is time to notice God’s work, receive God’s mercy, pope says

ROME | Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said. “Let the Lord heal the wounds of sin and fulfill the prophecy made to our fathers: ‘A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and… Read more »

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

VATICAN CITY | 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,… Read more »

In-flight nuptials: Pope didn’t glide over church requirements

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis’ decision to convalidate the marriage of two flight attendants in the air sent waves of turbulence through the Catholic blogosphere, where respected canon lawyers and pastors raised serious questions about the pope sending a message that marriage wasn’t so serious. But three days later, the pope gave reporters more of… Read more »

Pope apologizes to sex abuse victims, defends accused Chilean bishop

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM PERU | Pope Francis apologized 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, Jan. 21, the pope said he only… Read more »

‘Machisimo’ culture blinds women’s leading role in society, pope says

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru | Society cannot look the other way and allow a culture that demeans the dignity of women to persist, Pope Francis said. Speaking to the people of Puerto Maldonado, located in the region known as Madre de Dios (“Mother of God”), Pope Francis said it was sad to see how “in this… Read more »

Pope marries couple on flight during Chilean trip

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO IQUIQUE, Chile | Love was literally in the air as Pope Francis performed an impromptu wedding ceremony at 36,000 feet aboard his flight in Chile. During his flight to Iquique Jan. 18, the pope was approached by LatAm flight steward Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriaga and asked for a blessing for him… Read more »

Pope meets with clergy sex abuse victims in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile | Pope Francis met in private Jan. 16 with survivors of sexual abuse by Chilean clergy, a Vatican spokesman said. Greg Burke, the spokesman, said the pope met with “a small group of victims of sexual abuse by priests” at the apostolic nunciature in Santiago, Chile. “The meeting took place in a strictly… Read more »

Division, segregation a threat to humanity, pope tells indigenous people

TEMUCO, Chile | Celebrating Mass in a land steeped in indigenous history and culture, Pope Francis said the greatest threat facing humanity is the stifling of differences driven by the idea that some cultures are better than others. Greeting members of the Mapuche people and other indigenous peoples living in southern Chile Jan. 17, Pope… Read more »