Men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to the Catholic clergy, and it would be better for priests who are actively gay to leave rather than lead a double life, Pope Francis says in a new book.
Francis stressed that it was vital to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.
The pontiff’s message was delivered on Sunday by Rev.Fr. Solomon Ukeyima, at the Saint Joseph Parish, Nyiman in Makurdi, to mark the World Missions Day.
The Catholic Church must not be “choked or crushed’’ by its “own shortcomings, mistakes and sins,’’ Pope Francis said as he opened a month long meeting of Bishops on Wednesday.
“We can initiate an unprecedented process that we hope will help to heal the wounds of the past.
Pope Francis on Tuesday warned, that nations should not measure their strength by their military capability to prevail over others.
Pope Francis on Tuesday said young people are turned off by the Catholic Church because of sex abuse and financial scandals.
Pope Francis and sexual abuse scandal in the church.
In a letter posted on the website of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, its president Cardinal Oswald Gracias said Pope Francis had received the bishop’s request to be temporarily relieved of his pastoral responsibilities.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Monsignor Michael J Bransfield as bishop of Wheeling-Charleston in the US state of West Virginia, a Vatican statement said.
In a statement, the Vatican said Pope Francis had authorised “an investigation on the economic-administrative aspects” of the institution, “which is still ongoing”.
Pope Francis has summoned the heads of national Catholic bishops conferences from around the world to the Vatican in February for a meeting to discuss the protection of minors from sexual abuse, the Vatican said on Wednesday.
The archbishop who sparked a crisis in the Catholic Church by calling on Pope Francis to resign has denied he was motivated by personal vendetta and said he sought to show that corruption had reached the top levels of the Church hierarchy.
Pope Francis said this at the Marian Shrine of Knock on Sunday, his second day in Ireland.
Pope Francis says clergy sex abuse scandals are an “open wound” that must be treated with “firm and decisive” action.
“Pope Francis must further elaborate on how the Vatican could move beyond “palliatives’’ and resolve ongoing abuse scandals currently rocking the Church’’.
A Venezuelan archbishop, who served as Pope Francis’ ambassador to Mozambique was named on Wednesday as the Vatican’s new substitute of the Secretariat of State. The head of the Secretariat of State is considered the Vatican’s unofficial…