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Pope acknowledges China bishop deal will cause suffering

Sep 26, 2018

Pope acknowledges China bishop deal will cause suffering

Pope Francis acknowledged Tuesday that his landmark deal with China over bishop nominations will cause suffering among the underground faithful. But he said that he takes full responsibility and that he — and not Beijing — will have the ultimate say over naming new ...

China comes out ahead in Vatican deal, analysts say

| Sep 23, 2018

China comes out ahead in Vatican deal, analysts say

A landmark deal agreed upon between China and the Vatican is a win for Beijing, giving official recognition to bishops appointed by the government despite a crackdown on religion, and potentially softening the ground for full diplomatic relations after 67 years of estrangement, analysts ...

Vatican and China make breakthrough deal on bishop appointments

Sep 23, 2018

Vatican and China make breakthrough deal on bishop appointments

The Vatican and China said Saturday they had signed a "provisional agreement" over the appointment of bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that stymied diplomatic relations for decades and aggravated a split among Chinese Catholics. The deal resolved one of the major sticking points in ...

Pope's role in study of Argentine sex abuse case under scrutiny

Sep 19, 2018

Pope's role in study of Argentine sex abuse case under scrutiny

Pope Francis' role in Argentina's most famous case of priestly sex abuse is coming under renewed scrutiny as he faces the greatest crisis of his papacy over the Catholic Church's troubled legacy of cover-up and allegations he himself sided with the accused. Francis, who at ...

Vatican expels suspended Chilean priest accused of sexual abuse

Sep 17, 2018

Vatican expels suspended Chilean priest accused of sexual abuse

Chilean church authorities say Pope Francis has ordered a man accused of sexually abusing minors removed from the priesthood. The Santiago archbishop's office said Saturday the decision cannot be appealed. Cristian Precht already had earlier been suspended from priestly duties for five years after an investigation ...

Pope says he hopes to visit Japan next year, fulfilling wish

Sep 12, 2018

Pope says he hopes to visit Japan next year, fulfilling wish

Pope Francis said Wednesday he hopes to visit Japan next year, a trip that would enable him to draw attention to both the legacy of Christian martyrs centuries ago and survivors of the atomic bombs in 1945. Francis made the announcement while meeting with members ...

Pope calls for all parties to safeguard Syrian civilians in Idlib

Sep 3, 2018

Pope calls for all parties to safeguard Syrian civilians in Idlib

Pope Francis on Sunday appealed to all parties who have influence in Syria to defend human rights and safeguard the civilian population in the rebel-held northern region of Idlib, which faces an imminent attack by government forces. After seven years of civil war, the Syrian ...