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Complete program of pope's trip to Fatima on May 12-13

March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
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Pope Francis will travel to Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017

March 18, 2017. In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly.
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Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Pope Francis creates a tribunal to judge bishops negligent in the face of clerical abuse

2015-06-10

In many cases of clerical sexual abuse, victims were humiliated twice. First, from the actual abuse, and then again when bishops failed to take appropriate actions after hearing reports of abuse.

This has prompted Pope Francis to create a new tribunal at the Vatican which will deal with cases of "abuse of episcopal office.”

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"One aspect of the abuse of office is the failure to do what one should have done in that office, not acting responsibly when he should have.”

Just last summer, Pope Francis had promised several abuse victims that he would act against this kind of negligence.

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"I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves.”

From now on, when a bishop is negligent or slow to respond to an act of sexual abuse, he could be reported to the new tribunal, which would  independently judge the bishop. The new tribunal will become part of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith. 

Until now, when a bishop committed a serious offense, the Vatican or the Pope asked him to resign their title, as happened with a U.S. bishop in April. Now, in the most serious cases, offenders will be dismissed from their responsibilities in the diocese.


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