At summit, survivors expose ‘cancer’ of clergy sex abuse

The meeting began Feb. 21 with the harrowing stories of survivors of sexual abuse, cover-up and rejection by church officials.
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When it comes to prayer, there is no room for individualism, pope says

Prayer is not just a private and intimate dialogue between a person and God, but rather an opportunity for Christians to bring the needs of others before the Lord, Pope Francis said.
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WikiLeaks releases documents on Knights of Malta controversy

Internal documents relating to the public crisis that led to the resignation of the grand master of the Knights of Malta in 2017 were released by WikiLeaks.
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Bishops must realize seriousness of abuse crisis, pope says

The primary goal of the Vatican's February summit on clerical sexual abuse and child protection is to help bishops understand the urgency of the crisis, Pope Francis said.
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Pope calls for peace in Venezuela, denounces Philippine church bombing

Pope Francis prayed that a peaceful solution may be found in Venezuela as uncertainty and political instability grip the country.
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At lunch in Panama, U.S. pilgrim questions pope on abuse crisis

While sharing a private lunch with pilgrims from around the world, Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy and emphasized the need for unity and prayer, a U.S. pilgrim said.
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Hope wanes in church wounded by sin, pope tells Panama clergy, laity

A church wounded by sin can paralyze, confuse and tire the hearts of Catholic clergy and laypeople, causing them to doubt their mission in the modern world, Pope Francis said.
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Jesus’ love does not use labels, pope tells young detainees in Panama

Just like the Pharisees, many today shun Jesus' merciful love toward sinners and prefer to use labels that stigmatize a person's past, present and future, Pope Francis said.
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Keep God’s love alive, pope tells young people at World Youth Day

Young men and women in the church can bring the joy of the Gospel to the world by showing that God's love extends to all people and excludes no one, Pope Francis said.
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Pope meets with Chilean bishops, discusses abuse crisis

Pope Francis spent nearly three hours with bishops from Chile discussing the sexual abuse crisis that has rocked the church in the country, a Chilean bishop said.
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‘Nationalistic tendencies’ threaten world peace, pope tells diplomats

As it did prior to the Second World War, the rise of nationalism in the world poses a threat to peace and constructive dialogue among nations, Pope Francis said.
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Consolation comes even in martyrdom, pope says

God sends his consolation to those in need of reassurance, even when they are facing death, Pope Francis said.
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