Catholic bishops guilty of negligence in respect to child abuse cases can now be dismissed from office, Pope Francis said on Saturday in a move hiking pressure on the Church’s hierarchy.
Pope Francis on Saturday clutched the life-jacket of a drowned girl as he met with children whose parents died during deadly boat crossings, at the end of a week of major tragedies in the Mediterranea
Pope Francis came under fire on Friday after meeting Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the Lyon archbishop who is suspected of covering up for a paedophile priest in a scandal that has rocked the Church in
Pope Francis said on Thursday he would set up a commission to study the possibility of women entering the Catholic clergy in his latest potentially historic opening on a vexed issue for the Church.
Pope Francis receives the European Union’s Charlemagne Prize for his contribution to European unification at the Vatican. (Photo: AFP)
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Pope Francis on Friday called for a Church that was less strict and more compassionate towards “imperfect” Catholics, such as those who divorced and remarried, saying “no one can be condemned forever”
Pope Francis will next week make a brief trip to Lesbos, the Greek island on the frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis, the Vatican confirmed on Thursday.
The papal document, known as a Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, is also expected to call for better programmes for marriage preparation.
The Vatican has set up a new office charged with promoting the use of the .catholic domain name, in its latest move to upgrade its communications for the digital era.