Pope issues new norms on mandatory abuse reporting, bishop accountability

Pope Francis has revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable in protecting minors as well as in protecting members of religious orders and seminarians from abuse.
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Barracks life teaches diversity is not a threat, pope tells Swiss Guard

Life in a military barracks -- with so many different people living in such close proximity -- teaches much needed social, spiritual and ethical values, Pope Francis told new recruits to the Swiss Guard.
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Satan, not God, tricks people with temptation, pope says

God never tricks, traps or tempts his children to sin or commit evil, Pope Francis said. God is with his people every step of the way – during times of joy and sadness, triumph and tribulation – and he always helps lead people away from the devil and his temptations, the pope said during his...
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Pope to hairdressers: Cut the gossip, highlight politeness

Christian hairdressers, beauticians and barbers can live their faith by being kind and courteous to their clients and cutting out the gossip and petty chitchat, Pope Francis said.
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Pope to priests: Best place to be is among the people

Just as Jesus always sought to be with the people to serve, teach and heal them, so, too, must priests always be in the midst of God's people, "pouring ourselves out" for them, Pope Francis said.
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Pope’s Way of Cross will shine light on women ‘crucified’ by traffickers

Countless women and girls are being "crucified" by human traffickers, who trick them into slave labor or prostitution, and by those who seek out their services and exploit them, said the missionary nun who wrote the meditations for Pope Francis' Way of the Cross service.
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Retired pope publishes reflection on abuse crisis

Retired Pope Benedict XVI, acknowledging his role in helping the Catholic Church come to terms with the clerical sexual abuse crisis beginning in the 1980s, wrote an article outlining his thoughts about what must be done now.
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People can call Jesus at any moment; he is always there, pope says

Everyone has a direct line to Jesus, who is always nearby, ready to listen and help, Pope Francis said.
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Pope issues new child protection law, guidelines for Vatican City State

To better protect minors and vulnerable adults from all forms of abuse and exploitation, Pope Francis approved a new law and a set of safeguarding guidelines for Vatican City State and the Roman Curia.
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Some traditional formalities do not ring true with Pope Francis

Pope Francis has made it more than obvious that he does not like people kissing his ring.
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Founder, editorial staff of Vatican women’s magazine resign

Claiming a lack of support for open dialogue and for an editorial line run by women, the director and editorial staff of a Vatican women's magazine have resigned.
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Mary inspires, assists those seeking their vocation, pope says

Signing his document dedicated to young people, faith and discernment, Pope Francis said Mary, the mother of God, is a source of inspiration and strength for everyone who seeks to understand their vocation and remain faithful to it.
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