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Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero among 7 people to be canonized at Vatican

Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero among 7 people to be canonized at Vatican

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The embroidered banner-portraits of the seven people Pope Francis will proclaim saints already hang on the façade of Saint Peter’s Basilica ahead of the solemn ceremony Sunday. The new tombstone and mosaic portrait of one of them, Pope Paul VI, the somber, timid pope of the turbulent 60s, is already in place in the crypt of St. Peter’s with his title changed from “Beatus” (blessed) to “Sanctus” (saint) above his name. Among those who will be canonized Sunday with Pope Paul are four religious figures: Mother Catherine Kasper, the German founder of a religious congregation; Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa, the Spanish founder of another order; and two Italian priests, Father Francesco Spinelli and Father Vincenzo Romano. Added to the list in July...
Pope defrocks Chilean priest at center of abuse scandal

Pope defrocks Chilean priest at center of abuse scandal

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Pope Francis has defrocked a Chilean priest who was a central character in the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his "supreme" authority to stiffen an earlier sentence because of the "exceptional amount of damage" the priest's crimes had caused. In a statement Friday, the Vatican said Francis had laicized 88-year-old Rev. Fernando Karadima, who was originally sanctioned in 2011 to live a lifetime of "penance and prayer" for having sexually abused minors in the upscale Santiago parish he ran. The Vatican said Francis was doing so for "the good of the church." "It is without doubt an exceptional measure, but Karadima's grave crimes have caused exceptional damage in Chile," Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said. The "penance and prayer" sanction has been the Vatican's punish...
Pope Francis reportedly has no intention of resigning

Pope Francis reportedly has no intention of resigning

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Pope Francis has no intention of stepping down as he fights accusations that he protected a former archbishop accused of sexual abuse, Italian news agency ANSA reported, citing “close associates” of the pope. The pontiff was “embittered” by a letter written by the Vatican’s former ambassador to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, in which the former diplomat accused the pope and his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, of knowing of abuse allegedly carried out by the former archbishop in Washington, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the associates said, according to ANSA. But, they said, Francis, 81, "is not thinking about resignation,” ANSA reported. Vigano wrote that Francis and Benedict knew that McCarrick -- who resigned as a cardinal in Ju...
Papal visit: Pope shamed by Church's abuse failures

Papal visit: Pope shamed by Church's abuse failures

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Pope Francis has said he is ashamed of the Catholic Church's failure to adequately address the "repellent crimes" of sex abuse by clergy.The Irish prime minister earlier delivered a strong warning to the Pope to take action against clergy involved in child abuse and keeping it secret.The Pope spent 90 minutes with abuse survivors, reportedly telling them he viewed clerical sex abuse as "filth".The papal visit is the first to the Irish Republic for 39 years.It coincides with the World Meeting of Families, a global Catholic gathering held every three years. The Argentine Pope's opening remarks echoed a letter he sent to the world's 1.2bn Roman Catholics this week, in which he condemned the "atrocities...
Climate change: Pope urges action on clean energy

Climate change: Pope urges action on clean energy

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Pope Francis has said climate change is a challenge of "epochal proportions" and that the world must convert to clean fuel. "Civilisation requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilisation," he said.He was speaking to a group of oil company executives at the end of a two-day conference in the Vatican.Firms present included ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Norway's Equinor and Pemex of Mexico. Modern society with its "massive movement of information, persons and things requires an immense supply of energy", he told the gathering."But that energy should also be clean, by a reduction in the systematic use of fossil fuels," he said. "Our desire to ensure energy for all must not lead to the undesired effect of a spiral of...