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Pope told Jesuits he regularly meets abuse survivors, journal reports

Pope Francis told a group of Jesuits in Peru that he often meets on Fridays with survivors of sex abuse.
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Five years a pope: Francis’ focus has been on outreach

After the cardinal from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected March 13, 2013, and chose the name Francis, he made "go out," "periphery" and "throwaway culture" standard phrases in the papal vocabulary.
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People need to recognize ways they tolerate human trafficking, pope says

Few people have considered how communities and nations actually tolerate and encourage human trafficking, particularly as it relates to prostitution, Pope Francis said.
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Pilgrim pope: Benedict says he’s journeying toward God

"I am on a pilgrimage toward Home," retired Pope Benedict XVI wrote, capitalizing the Italian word "casa" or "home."
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Lent is time to become aware of false prophets, cold hearts, pope says

Catholics should use the season of Lent to look for signs and symptoms of being under the spell of false prophets and of living with cold, selfish and hateful hearts, Pope Francis said.
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Vatican spokesman insists pope, aides are united on approach to China

Catholics who have accused top members of the Roman Curia of making overtures to China's communist government without the knowledge of Pope Francis are "fostering confusion and controversy," said the director of the Vatican press office.
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Training for mission: Pope revises norms for theology, philosophy studies

Catholic university programs in philosophy, theology and canon law -- especially those designed for future priests -- must be marked by fidelity to church tradition, academic rigor and an awareness of the challenges to belief in the modern world, Pope Francis said.
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Don’t compromise on protecting minors from abuse, pope says

Pope Francis said he told the bishops and priests of Chile to be uncompromising when it comes to protecting minors from sexual abuse and to trust that God will purify and renew his church during this time of trial.
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Sharing ‘fake news’ makes one an accomplice in evil, pope says

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.
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Pope apologizes to sex abuse victims, defends accused Chilean bishop

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.
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Pope marries couple on flight during Chilean trip

Love was literally in the air as Pope Francis performed an impromptu wedding ceremony at 36,000 feet aboard his flight in Chile.
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Pope to Chilean clergy: Sexual abuse a ‘great and painful evil’

The Holy Father recognized the efforts of the country's priests and religious to respond to sexual abuse claims and he said he knew sometimes innocent priests and men and women religious are viewed with suspicion.
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