Francis, speaking at the end of a summit of Christian religious leaders, also repeated his view that the “status quo” of the contested city of Jerusalem should be respected, and backed a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian…
Francis led a service in St Peter’s Basilica attended by over 200 people, including people rescued at sea and representatives of migrant charities.
According to a statement, bishops Alejandro Goic of the city of Rancagua and Horacio Valenzuela of the city of Talca would be replaced by commissioners, known as apostolic administrators.
The pope visited Myanmar in November 2017 and later, in neighbouring Bangladesh, had an emotional meeting with Rohingya refugees who had fled there from Rakhine state.
Francis made his comments in a message to participants at a conference on international migration being held in the Vatican.
In an unprecedented move, all Chile’s 34 bishops offered to resign en masse in May after attending a crisis meeting with the pope over allegations of a cover-up of sexual abuse in the South American nation.
Pope Francis, who wrote a document on protecting the environment from global warming in 2015, will address 40 participants – including leading oil and gas executives and major industry investors – on Saturday.
A preparatory document released on Friday also says the meeting, known as a synod, taking place in October 2019, should consider conferring on women in the area some “type of official ministry”.
Pope Francis, who wrote a major document on protection of the environment from global warming in 2015, is expected to address the group during the conference.
The Catholic Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, Most Rev. Wilfred Anagbe, directed that masses be held throughout the diocese for the priests and the parishioners killed by gunmen during morning mass on April 24
Archbishop Hung Shan-chuan of Taipei said that he believed that the Vatican would keep communicating with Beijing.
The Vatican lamented Thursday in a new doctrine document called “Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones” (Economic and financial issues in Latin), it was released by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, with the approval of Pope…
“We feel pain and shame,” Fernando Ramos, an auxiliary bishop of Santiago, told a news conference ahead of the three days of closed-door meetings.
The pope’s unequivocal stand was made clear in a stern Vatican statement on Saturday, ahead of a visit coming week by Chilean bishops who Francis summoned for an explanation of why he was misinformed about the extent of the scandal.
“It is not up to us to carry out the necessary transformations in the Church to stop the epidemic of sexual abuse and cover-up,’’ Juan Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Murillo said.
The pontiff’s priority for the talks at the Vatican is “to listen to the victims, to ask them for forgiveness, and to respect the confidentiality of these meetings,” a statement said.
Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio and, in keeping with papal tradition, does not celebrate his birthday, but the feast day of the saint he was named after at birth; Monday is the feast of St. George and a holiday in the Vatican.