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ROME—Pope Francis told German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who offered his resignation last month to take responsibility for the Catholic Church’s institutional failures to prevent clerical sex abuse, instead to remain in office and pursue reform. Cardinal Marx has been a leading figure in the Catholic Church’s response to abuse scandals and in the synod, which is debating major changes to Catholic life including the ordination of women and blessings of same-sex relationships. In a highly personal letter written in his native Spanish, Pope Francis addressed Cardinal Marx as “dear brother,” commended his courage and told him to continue the painful work of overhauling church institutions in the wake of the abuse crisis. “The reform in the Church has been made by men and women who were not afraid to enter into crisis and let themselves be reformed by the Lord. This is the only way, otherwise we will be nothing more than ‘reform ideologues’ who do not put their own flesh at stake,” the pope wrote in the letter, which was dated Thursday.
Persons: ROME — Pope Francis, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Cardinal Marx, Pope Francis, , Lord, ideologues ’ Organizations: Catholic Locations: Germany, Spanish
read moreThe system, which operated between 1831 and 1996, removed about 150,000 indigenous children from their families and brought them to Christian residential schools run on behalf of the federal government. Indigenous children had their long hair, which often had spiritual significance for them, cut upon arrival and were forbidden from speaking their native languages, according to the TRC. Lorraine Daniels, 67, went to three different residential schools in Manitoba and said she learned to follow the crowd in order to remain unnoticed to escape abuse. 'WE WERE ALWAYS HUNGRY'The discovery of the bodies at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in the province of British Columbia has reopened old wounds in Canada about the lack of information and accountability around the residential school system. "They never got a chance to be children, just like we didn’t get a chance," Roulette said.
Persons: Shannon VanRaes, Ruth Roulette, Roulette, Lorraine Daniels, Daniels, Egerton Ryerson, Justin Trudeau, Pope Francis, Vancouver Archbishop J, Michael Miller Organizations: Residential School, REUTERS, Catholic, Commission, Nation, TRC, Kamloops Indian Residential School, British Columbia, Sunday, Vancouver Archbishop, Canadian Conference of Catholic, Thomson Locations: Portage La Prairie , Manitoba, Canada, Manitoba, Sandy, Lake Manitoba, Kamloops, British, Toronto, Vancouver
REUTERS/Tony Gentile/File PhotoA financial watchdog urged the Vatican on Wednesday to sharpen up its procedure for prosecuting senior clerics and hire more investigators with financial expertise. Since the first Moneyval report nearly 10 years ago, the Vatican has made numerous changes in financial oversight and has overhauled its bank. read moreHowever, Vatican prosecutors still have to get the pope's permission to go after cardinals and bishops, much as parliamentary consent is needed in some European countries to indict legislators. The report said both the Vatican prosecutor's office and its police needed more experts in financial crimes, but noted that two more prosecutors had been hired after the onsite evaluation on which the report was based. Carmelo Barbagallo, head of Moneyval's Supervisory and Financial Information Authority (ASIF), said he was "very happy with this assessment, especially considering where we were in the past".
Persons: Tony Gentile, Pope Francis, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Francis, Becciu, Moneyval, Carmelo Barbagallo, ASIF Organizations: Swiss Guard, Institute for Works, Religion, REUTERS, of, Vatican, of State, Moneyval's, Financial Information Authority, Thomson Locations: Vatican, of Europe, London, Vatican's
A video of Pope Francis talking in Italian about his longing for unity among Christians has been edited to add false English subtitles, thus changing the meaning of his video message and fooling users on social media. A social media user who took the video seriously wrote, “Would’ve liked to hear the rest of his babbling. In the video, Francis says no such things. This video of Pope Francis features English subtitles with a false translation of what he is saying in Italian. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts here .
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REUTERS/Jennifer GauthierCanadians disappointed that Pope Francis did not apologise for the Catholic Church’s role in a scandal surrounding a former school for indigenous students should give his message “a second chance” because his sorrow and shock are sincere, a Canadian cardinal said. In comments on Sunday, the pope stopped short of the direct apology some Canadians had demanded. "I really hope that they give Pope Francis' message a second chance because it says an awful lot and it expresses his feelings, his sorrow, his shock," Czerny said in a telephone interview. After the pope spoke, some Canadian indigenous leaders and school survivors said they were disappointed and that the Church needed to do much more. Francis was elected pope 17 years after the last schools were closed and has already apologised for the Church's role in colonialism in the Americas.
Persons: Jennifer Gauthier, Pope Francis, Michael Czerny, Justin Trudeau, Czerny, Sunday Francis, Francis Organizations: Kamloops Indian Residential School, REUTERS, Catholic, Reuters, Indian Residential School, Friday, Sunday, Catholic Church, Thomson Locations: Kamloops, Kamloops , British Columbia, Canada, Canadian, British Columbia, Americas, Bolivia, America
Pope calls for reconciliation, healing over Canada school discovery
  + stars: | 2021-06-06 | by ( Philip Pullella | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.88   time to read: +1 min
Pope Francis arrives at the San Damaso courtyard for the weekly general audience at the Vatican, May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Yara NardiPope Francis said on Sunday that he was pained by the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former Catholic school for indigenous students in Canada and called for respect of the rights and culture of native peoples. He urged Canadian political and Catholic religious leaders to "cooperate with determination" to shed light on the finding and to seek reconciliation and healing. read moreThe residential school system forcibly separated about 150,000 children from their homes. Many were subjected to abuse, rape and malnutrition in what the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015 called "cultural genocide".
Persons: Pope Francis, Yara Nardi Pope Francis, Francis, Justin Trudeau Organizations: Vatican, REUTERS, Catholic, Catholic Church, Kamloops Indian Residential School, Canadian, Thomson Locations: Canada, Canadian, St, Kamloops, British Columbia
Indigenous leaders and school survivors on Sunday dismissed Pope Francis’ expressions of pain at the discovery of 215 children’s remains at a former Catholic residential school in Canada, saying the church needed to do much more. On Sunday, demonstrators tore down a statue of Egerton Ryerson, one of the architects of the residential school system, at the Toronto university named for him. "The Pope won't say, 'You know what? He won't say 'There's 215 children in an unmarked grave in Kamloops and probably every residential school in Canada.'" “(The) government calls again upon the Pope and Church to apologize for their role.”Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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Pope Francis said on Sunday that he was pained by the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former Catholic school for indigenous students in Canada and called for respect for the rights and cultures of native peoples. However, Francis stopped short of the direct apology some Canadians had demanded. The residential schools operated between 1831 and 1996 and were run by a number of Christian denominations on behalf of the government. 1/2 Pope Francis arrives at the San Damaso courtyard for the weekly general audience at the Vatican, May 19, 2021. The residential school system forcibly separated about 150,000 children from their homes.
Persons: Pope Francis, Francis, Justin Trudeau, Bobby Cameron, Nardi, Canada, Organizations: Canadian, Catholic, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, Catholic Church, Vatican, REUTERS, Kamloops Indian Residential School, Thomson Locations: Canada, Saskatchewan, St, Canadian, Kamloops, British Columbia, Americas, Bolivia, America
Pope meets Canadian cardinals after indigenous school scandal
  + stars: | 2021-06-05 | by ( Philip Pullella | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
Pope Francis arrives to lead Holy Rosary prayer in Vatican gardens to end the month of May, at the Vatican, May 31, 2021. The pope met separately with Cardinal Michael Czerny and Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Vatican said in its daily announcement of papal appointments. Ouellet meets with the pope every Saturday in his capacity as head of the Vatican department that oversees bishops. Czerny, the Vatican's expert on migrants and refugees, does not have a regular weekly meeting with the pope. The residential school system forcibly separated about 150,000 children from their homes.
Persons: Pope Francis, Filippo Monteforte, Cardinal Michael Czerny, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Ouellet, Czerny, Francis, Justin Trudeau, Trudeau Organizations: Vatican, Catholic Church, Canadian, Catholic, Kamloops Indian Residential School, Thomson Locations: Czech, Montreal, Canada, Americas, Bolivia, America, Kamloops, British Columbia
One of Roman Catholicism’s most influential liberal figures, Germany’s Cardinal Reinhard Marx, has offered to resign as archbishop of Munich, saying he had to share responsibility for the “catastrophe” of sexual abuse by clerics over past decades. His offer, which Pope Francis has yet to accept, follows an uproar among the German faithful over abuse. "I have to share responsibility for the catastrophe of sexual abuse by officials of the Church over past decades," Marx wrote in a letter to the pope. The Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, was recently cleared in a similar external investigation into past abuse in his archdiocese. Marx told the Pope he would continue to serve the Church in any capacity he was ordered to.
Persons: Germany’s Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Pope Francis, Marx, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, Thomas Schueller, Woelki, Cardinal Woelki, aren't, Der Spiegel, Pope Organizations: of, German Catholic Church, Germany's, Thomson Locations: Munich, of Cologne, Germany’s, Cologne
A look back at 12 years of Netanyahu
  + stars: | 2021-06-02 | by ( Dave Lucas | ) www.reuters.com + 0.59   time to read: 1 min
Pope Francis stands in between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Shimon Peres during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 26, 2014. Francis, at the request of...morePope Francis stands in between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Shimon Peres during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 26, 2014. Francis, at the request of Netanyahu, visited Israel's "Memorial to the Victims of Terror", a day after praying at an Israeli security wall abhorred by Palestinians. REUTERS/Baz RatnerClose
Persons: Pope Francis, Benjamin Netanyahu, Shimon Peres, Francis, Netanyahu, Baz Ratner Organizations: Israeli, Yad Locations: Jerusalem
Lebanon's top Christian cleric berates politicians as deadlock drags on
  + stars: | 2021-06-02 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai speaks after meeting with President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon July 15, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERSLebanon's most senior Christian cleric on Wednesday bemoaned the inability of the country's senior politicians to agree a government as the country sinks further into financial collapse. "We don't have bread, we don't have medicine, we don't have fuel, what are they waiting for?" Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai said after a meeting with President Michel Aoun. Pope Francis, who has promised to visit Lebanon if fractious politicians agree on a new government, is meeting its Christian leaders to discuss the country's worsening economic meltdown.
Persons: Bechara Boutros Al, Rai, Michel Aoun, Dalati, Saad al, Hariri, Hassan Diab's, Diab's, Aoun, Gebran Bassil, Pope Francis Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Baabda, Lebanon, Handout, Beirut
Pope revises Church law and updates rules on sexual abuse
  + stars: | 2021-06-01 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
The revised section, involving about 90 articles concerning crime and punishment, incorporates many existing changes made to Church law by Francis and his predecessor Benedict XVI. In a separate accompanying document, the pope reminded bishops that they were responsible for following the letter of the law. Sexual abuse of minors was put under a new section titled "Offences Against Human Life, Dignity and Liberty," compared to the previously vague "Crimes Against Special Obligations." The new section was expanded to include crimes such as "grooming" of minors or vulnerable adults for sexual abuse and possessing child pornography. He was defrocked in 2019 on charges of the sexual abuse of minors and adults.
Persons: CITY — Pope Francis, Pope John Paul II, Francis, Benedict XVI, Filippo Iannone, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Kate McElwee Organizations: CITY, Catholic Church, Canon, Vatican, Church, NBC
ROME—The Vatican on Tuesday unveiled an updated version of the Catholic Church’s penal code to reflect scandals over clerical sex abuse and financial corruption that have shaken the church in recent years, expanding the types of offenses as well as potential culprits and victims. The new penal code broadens the categories of persons who can be punished for sex abuse to include laypeople and nuns, but doesn’t provide for the automatic defrocking of abusive priests as some campaigners have demanded. Though mostly a collection of legislation established by popes over the past three decades, it places greater emphasis than the previous code, published in 1983, on the obligation to enforce penalties, stating that bishops are required to take punitive action when warnings or other measures are inadequate to do justice or reform the guilty. In a decree instituting the revisions, Pope Francis wrote that charity and discipline are intimately related and that the proper remedy for immoral behavior “is not only exhortations or suggestions.”The revised code reclassifies the sexual abuse of minors by clergy among “crimes against the life, dignity and freedom of man,” rather than violations of the “special obligations” of clergy, as stated in the 1983 code.
Persons: ROME, Pope Francis Organizations: Catholic
New Vatican law criminalizes sexual abuse by priests and church officials
  + stars: | 2021-06-01 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.91   time to read: +1 min
A police officer wearing a protective mask stands guard at the Vatican's Saint Peter's Square and its main basilica on March 11, 2020 a day after they were closed to tourists as part of a broader clampdown aimed at curbing the coronavirus outbreak. Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly criminalize the sexual abuse of adults by priests who abuse their authority and to say that laypeople who hold church office can be sanctioned for similar sex crimes. The new provisions, released Tuesday after 14 years of study, were contained in the revised criminal law section of the Vatican's Code of Canon Law, the in-house legal system that covers the 1.3-billion strong Catholic Church. The most significant changes are contained in two articles, 1395 and 1398, which aim to address major problems and shortcomings in the church's handling of sexual abuse. The law recognizes that adults, too, can be victimized by priests who abuse their authority, and said that laypeople in church offices can be punished for abusing minors as well as adults.
Persons: Pope Francis Organizations: Canon Law, Catholic Church Locations: Peter's
Pope revises Church law, expands rules on sexual abuse
  + stars: | 2021-06-01 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.89   time to read: +1 min
Pope Francis leads Holy Rosary prayer in Vatican gardens to end the month of May, at the Vatican, May 31, 2021. Filippo Monteforte/Pool via REUTERSPope Francis on Tuesday issued the most sweeping revision to Catholic Church law in four decades, toughening regulations for clerics who abuse minors and vulnerable adults, commit fraud or ordain women. It is the most extensive revision since the current code was approved by Pope John Paul in 1983. Sexual abuse of minors was put under a new section titled "Offences Against Human Life, Dignity and Liberty," instead of the previously vague "Crimes Against Special Obligations". That section was expanded to include new crimes such as "grooming" minors or vulnerable adults for sexual abuse and possessing child pornography.
Persons: Pope Francis, Filippo Monteforte, REUTERS Pope Francis, Pope John Paul, Monsignor Filippo Iannone Organizations: Vatican, REUTERS, Catholic Church, Canon, Thomson
Pope to meet Christian representatives from Lebanon on July 1
  + stars: | 2021-05-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 1.00   time to read: 1 min
Pope Francis waves before leaving after the weekly general audience, in San Damaso courtyard, at the Vatican, May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Yara NardiPope Francis said on Sunday he would hold a meeting on July 1 in Rome to discuss Lebanon's difficult situation with Christian representatives from the country. "I'll meet at the Vatican with the leaders of the Christian communities in Lebanon to reflect on the worrying situation in the country and pray together for the gift of peace and stability," Pope Francis said after Sunday's Angelus prayer. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Pope Francis, Yara Nardi Pope Francis, Sunday's Angelus Organizations: Vatican, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: San Damaso, Rome, Lebanon
Pope orders inquiry into German Church's handling of abuse allegations
  + stars: | 2021-05-28 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.83   time to read: +2 min
The UNESCO World Heritage Cologne Cathedral is seen on the banks of the river Rhine in Cologne, Germany, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang RattayThe Pope has dispatched two senior foreign bishops to investigate the Archbishop of Cologne's handling of sexual abuse allegations in Germany's largest archdiocese, the pontiff's representative in Germany said on Friday. "The Holy See's delegates will form a comprehensive picture of the complex pastoral situation in the Archbishopric and consider any possible failings by Cardinal Woelki and his excellency Stefan Hesse, Archbishop of Hamburg," he added. read moreWoelki welcomed the decision to send the inspectors - Anders Cardinal Arborelius, the Bishop of Stockholm, and Johannes van der Hende, Bishop of Rotterdam. "I am glad that the Pope wants to form his own picture of our independent inquiry and its consequences," Woelki said in a statement.
Persons: Wolfgang Rattay, Pope, Rainer Maria Woelki, Pope Francis, Nikola Eterovic, Cardinal Woelki, Stefan Hesse, of, Anders Cardinal Arborelius, Bishop, Johannes van der Hende, Bishop of Rotterdam, Woelki, Cardinal Arborelius, Bishop van den Organizations: UNESCO, Heritage, REUTERS, Archdiocese of, Archbishopric, Catholic Church, Cologne Cathedral, Thomson Locations: Heritage Cologne, Cologne, Germany, Germany's, Archdiocese of Cologne, of Hamburg, Vatican, Stockholm, Rhineland, Roman
Pope kisses concentration camp tattoo on survivor's arm
  + stars: | 2021-05-26 | by ( Philip Pullella | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.88   time to read: +2 min
Pope Francis greets a Holocaust survivor Lidia Maksymowicz after the weekly general audience at the San Damaso courtyard, at the Vatican, May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Remo CasilliPope Francis kissed the number tattooed on the arm of a survivor of medical experiments at the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp when she was introduced to him on Wednesday. The pope listened intently as a Polish priest who accompanied Lidia Maksymowicz, 80, told him of her story. After the liberation of the camp in 1945, Russian soldiers assumed her mother Anna - tattooed with the number 70071 - was dead. Francis, who was holding a general audience in the Vatican's San Damaso Courtyard, visited Auschwitz in 2016.
Persons: Pope Francis, Lidia Maksymowicz, Remo Casilli Pope Francis, Maksymowicz, Doctor Josef Mengele, Anna, Ludmila Boczarowa, Francis Organizations: Vatican, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Auschwitz, Polish, Belarus, Poland, Krakow, Europe
Pope Francis launched an initiative on Tuesday to make Catholic institutions ranging from families to universities to businesses environmentally sustainable in seven years, saying a "predatory attitude" toward the planet must end. He decried "our predatory attitude, which makes us feel that we are masters of the planet and its resources, and authorises us to make irresponsible use of the goods God has given us." Since Laudato Si (Praised Be) was published in 2015, the Vatican and Catholic groups in the 1.3-billion-member Church around the world have taken many initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint. Francis strongly supports the goals of the 2015 U.N. Paris accord to reduce global warming. Our selfishness, our indifference and our irresponsible ways are threatening the future of our children."
Persons: Pope Francis, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Turkson, Laudato Si, Francis Organizations: United Nations, Vatican, Thomson Locations: Glasgow, Scotland, Paris
Suni Gargaro sells yoga clothes, mats and other yoga accessories. Zoom In Icon Arrows pointing outwards Suni Gargaro, founder and CEO of Sunia Yoga Photo courtesy Suni Gargaro"I'm a woman of color. In 2018, Gargaro launched Sunia Yoga with yoga wear featuring unique patterns that connected with the Eastern mentality, she says. Primarily, Sunia Yoga sells clothes through its website, but Gargaro says she has some wholesale clients, yoga and dance studios throughout the U.S., which carry Sunia Yoga gear. When you're doing flows, I don't feel like you're doing that," Gargaro says.
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The pastor of a Roman Catholic parish in Wisconsin who told his congregation to shun the Covid-19 vaccine and preached right-wing politics from the pulpit has been asked to step down by his bishop. Some members of the congregations could be heard on the video saying “No.”NBC News has reached out for comment to Jack Felsheim, spokesman for the Diocese of La Crosse, and to Altman. “I cannot picture that podium at St. James the Less Church without Fr. “If the priest consistently preaches something they don’t like, they’ll leave and find a parish that suits them better. Also, church bulletins approved by Altman have been rife with more Covid-19 misinformation and baseless claims about the efficacy and safety of the vaccines.
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Pope Francis, who has frequently spoken out on environmental issues, will trade in his popemobile for a new model running entirely on battery power. It will be based on the Fisker Ocean SUV that the company plans to put in production in 2022. "I got inspired reading that Pope Francis is very considerate about the environment and the impact of climate change for future generations," Henrik Fisker said in a statement. Fisker co-founders, Henrik Fisker and Dr. Geeta Gupta-Fisker, during a private audience with Pope Francis in Vatican City on May 20, 2021. Fisker founder and CEO Henrik Fisker has promised to offer an array of options for the retail model.
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Posts with a photograph of Pope Francis claiming that it shows him with David Rockefeller and John Rothschild are false. The photo shows the Pope meeting with Holocaust survivors in May 2014. Text on the photo reads, “Pope Francis kissing the hands of David Rockefeller & John Rothschild.”Comments on posts include: “THE HANDS OF EVIL ON EARTH”, “Yep. The name “John Rothschild” does not exist in the family archives for the Rothchilds here . This photo shows Pope Francis meeting with Holocaust survivors, not David Rockefeller and John Rothschild.
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Pope Francis to get first electric popemobile from U.S. firm Fisker
  + stars: | 2021-05-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.79   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis waves before leaving after the weekly general audience, in San Damaso courtyard, at the Vatican, May 19, 2021. REUTERS/Yara NardiBERKELEY, California (Reuters) - Los Angeles-based Fisker Inc plans to supply the first pure electric vehicle for Pope Francis next year, it said on Friday, with features such as a solar roof and carpets made of recycled plastic bottles from the ocean. “I got inspired reading that Pope Francis is very considerate about the environment and the impact of climate change for future generations,” said Fisker. Production of the Ocean electric SUV is planned to start in November next year, through contract manufacturer Magna International Inc in Europe. The firm did not reveal the cost of the modified vehicle intended for the pope, but the Fisker Ocean starts at $37,499 in the United States, and 32,000 euros ($39,152) in Germany.
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