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  • Expression
    2 days ago
    by zobo
    +4 +1

    Catholic Church Paid $213 Million To 4,445 Children Sexually Abused By Pedophile Priests In Australia

    These days, the Roman Catholic Church is synonymous with child sexual abuse. We owe nobody an apology for saying this. It's the truth. Cases of child sexual abuse and subsequent cover-ups committed during the 20th and 21st centuries by Catholic priests, nuns, and members of the Roman Catholic Order have led to numerous allegations, investigations, trials and convictions. Read more at: http://www.social-consciousness.com/2017/06/catholic-church-paid-213-million-4445-children-sexually-abused-pedophile-priests-in-australia.html?m=1

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by dianep
    +4 +1

    Pope, urging prayers, says Amazon forest vital for our Earth

    Pope Francis said Sunday that the Amazon forest is vital for our Earth and is urging prayers that fires there are quickly controlled. Francis added his voice to the chorus of international concern that the blazes in Brazil will have grave repercussions on the world’s environmental health.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +13 +1

    Vatican 'must immediately remove' child abusers

    The UN has said that the Vatican should "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers. The UN watchdog for children's rights denounced the Holy See for adopting policies which allowed priests to sexually abuse thousands of children.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by zritic
    +6 +1

    Pope Takes Responsibility in Priests’ Abuse Scandal

    Pope Francis said on Friday that he took personal responsibility for the harm done by priests who sexually abused children, and he pledged that the Roman Catholic Church would confront the issue unflinchingly and impose sanctions when necessary. “The church is aware of this damage,” he said. “It is personal moral damage, carried out by men of the church, and we will not take one step backward regarding how we will deal with this problem.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by KondoR
    +17 +1

    The Politics of Saint-Making

    Two popes will become saints this week. On Sunday, Pope Francis will officially add to the Roman Catholic canon the names of two of his recent predecessors: Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. It would be better if he were not doing so.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by bkool
    +15 +1

    Pope Francis Says He Would Definitely Baptize Aliens If They Asked Him To

    Pope Francis would absolutely baptize an alien from Mars, if one showed up at the Vatican and asked for it. During his weekly homily on Monday, Franics said that aliens — which he imagines could be "Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them" — should be baptized just like anyone else who asks for it, because it's not up to any human to decide who should receive the Holy Spirit.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by geoleo
    +14 +1

    Sex-Abuse Victims to Pope: Stop Begging for Forgiveness and Just Stop the Abuse

    The crisis isn’t over. The head of the world’s largest support group for victims has a 15-point checklist for Francis.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by cone
    +14 +1

    Pope Francis: 'About 2%' of Catholic clergy paedophiles

    Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that reliable data indicates that "about 2%" of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles. The Pope said that abuse of children was like "leprosy" infecting the Church, according to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper. He vowed to "confront it with the severity it demands".

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by zritic
    +36 +1

    'Please stop!', Pope Francis makes plea for peace

    Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square. As the Argentinian-born pontiff wrapped up his regular address to the faithful, he spoke of the upcoming centenary of the outbreak of World War One and said his thoughts were on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine in particular.

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by KondoR
    +24 +1

    This pope means business

    The wildly popular Francis is more than a pontiff of the people. He’s an elite manager who’s reforming the Vatican’s troubled finances.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by timex
    +15 +1

    Pope marries couples who have cohabited, had children

    Pope Francis married 20 couples on Sunday, some of whom had already lived together and had children, in the latest sign that the Argentine pontiff wants the Catholic church to be more open and inclusive.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by geoleo
    +18 +1

    Pope Francis tipped to win Nobel Peace Prize

    Pope Francis is the favourite to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize, according to bookmakers. The Argentinian Pope is now the 5-2 front-runner for the award, which will be announced by the Nobel Institute in Oslo on Friday, according to bookmaker's William Hill. Paddy Power also has him as a strong contender.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by cone
    +12 +1

    Pope Francis: 'God is not afraid of new things'

    Pope Francis on Sunday, as he beatified Pope Paul VI who implemented the Second Vatican Council's vast changes, called on the church to adapt to "changing conditions of society." His remarks took on added meaning as the bishops ended a two-week conference by rejecting landmark wording that would soften the church's stance toward homosexuality and divorce.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by messi
    +22 +1

    Pope Demotes U.S. Cardinal Critical of His Reform Agenda

    Pope Francis on Saturday sidelined a powerful American cardinal who has emerged as an unabashed conservative critic of the reform agenda and the leadership style that the Argentine pontiff has brought to the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by hedman
    +4 +1

    Pope gunman visits John Paul II tomb

    The Turkish man who shot and injured former Pope John Paul II in 1981 has laid flowers on the late pontiff's tomb in the Vatican. Mehmet Ali Agca told police he felt he needed to make the gesture, Italian media report. It comes 31 years to the day that the Pope visited Agca in prison and forgave him for the attempt on his life.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by geoleo
    +15 +1

    Pope favors developing world in naming new cardinals

    Pope Francis on Sunday named new cardinals to the group that will choose his successor, with appointments that strengthened the Catholic Church in Asia, Africa and Latin America and further shifted its power center away from the developed world. It was the second time the 78-year-old Francis has used the appointment of cardinals to put his stamp on the 1.2 billion-member church. The two sets of appointments increase the chances that the next pontiff will, like Francis, be a non-European.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +9 +1

    Pope Francis to Raffle Off Gifts He's Received in Aid of Poor

    As a head of state and leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, Pope Francis has received hundreds of gifts from devotees and world leaders since his election in 2013. But the pontiff is not the type to keep them in a trophy cabinet or let them gather dust in a Vatican warehouse. Instead, he will raffle the presents — including a car and expensive hat — to raise money for the poor, according to the Holy See.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by hxxp
    +23 +1

    Knights Templar win heresy reprieve after 700 years

    The Knights Templar, the medieval Christian military order accused of heresy and sexual misconduct, will soon be partly rehabilitated when the Vatican publishes trial documents it had closely guarded for 700 years. A reproduction of the minutes of trials against the Templars, "'Processus Contra Templarios -- Papal Inquiry into the Trial of the Templars'" is a massive work and much more than a book -- with a 5,900 euros ($8,333) price tag.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by AriZona
    +14 +1

    Pope not expecting many anniversaries at the Vatican

    Pope Francis marked the second anniversary of his election on Friday by giving an interview in which he says he expects his time at the Vatican to only last for another two or three years. "I have a feeling my pontificate will be brief," the 78-year-old told Mexico's Televisa channel. "Four or five years, I don't know. Two years have already gone by.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by geoleo
    +10 +1

    Vatican backs using force against IS

    The Vatican says force may be necessary to stop attacks on Christians and other Middle East minorities by Islamic State (IS) if no political solution is found. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's top diplomat at the UN in Geneva, said jihadists were committing "genocide" and must be stopped. The Vatican traditionally opposes military intervention in the region.