In letter, pope encourages priests dejected by abuse crisis

Pope Francis acknowledged the shame and frustration felt by priests who are discouraged by the actions of fellow clergy members who betrayed the trust of their flock through sexual abuse and abuse of conscience and power.
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Pope: Prostitution is ‘disgusting vice’ that tortures defenseless women

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Prostitution is a horrendous crime that reduces vulnerable women to tortured slaves who are at the mercy of their clients, Pope Francis said. All people of goodwill have a duty to help vulnerable women and other victims of human trafficking escape from forced sexual slavery, the pope wrote in a prologue...
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Puerto Rican bishops call for peace, harmony after governor’s resignation

In the wake of the historic resignation of Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello, the people of the Caribbean island must continue to maintain their unity to overcome the social ills that led to the crisis, the Puerto Rican bishops' conference said.
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Puerto Rican governor’s actions set off ‘time bomb,’ bishop says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The president of the Puerto Rican bishops’ conference said the actions of Gov. Ricardo Rossello and his administration were the final straw for residents of the U.S. commonwealth who have suffered through years of financial mismanagement, corruption and the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In a telephone interview with Catholic News...
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Praising God for gift of creation leads to respect for it, pope says

The pope said the current situation in the South American rainforest “is a sad paradigm of what is happening in many parts of the planet.”
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World becoming more elitist, cruel toward excluded, pope says

The excluded, especially migrants and refugees, are the ones who ultimately pay the price for humanity’s greed, Pope Francis said.
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Pope to celebrate Mass with migrants, refugees

The Mass July 8 will mark the sixth anniversary of Pope Francis’s visit to the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.
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Pope applauds Trump, Kim meeting in North Korea

Pope Francis called President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a positive step toward world peace.
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Pope saddened by drowning of migrant father, daughter at U.S. border

Pope Francis was saddened after seeing photos of the lifeless bodies of a migrant father and his daughter who drowned near the U.S. border with Mexico, the Vatican said.
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Purging silence: Vatican expands abuse prevention to lay movements

Millions of Catholics live their faith through their association with lay movements and Catholic groups, but some also have lost their faith when they were sexually abused in those groups and felt they had nowhere to turn.
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What’s in a name: Vatican questions use of term ‘viri probati’

While the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon aims to highlight the damage wrought by climate change and exploitation, the possibility of ordaining married men to minister in remote areas of the rainforest continues to garner more attention.
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Synod document raises possibility of married priests, roles for women

The Catholic Church must find ways to reach indigenous Catholics deprived of the sacraments in the most remote areas of the Amazon rainforest, and that may include ordaining married elders, said the working document for the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon.
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