Pope Francis holds historic public mass in UAE

Pope Francis holds a historic public mass for an estimated 170,000 Catholics at an Abu Dhabi stadium on the first ever papal visit to the Muslim Gulf.

Being ‘cool’ not enough, pope tells young people in Panama

Pope Francis tells a global gathering of young Catholics that meaningful service was key to attracting a new generation of faithful, rather than trying to make the Church more “fun” or “cool.”

Rock and roll nuns hope to make the pope dance in Panama

With millions of YouTube views and hits on Spotify and iTunes, a group of young nun rockers play one of their biggest gigs next week, and thousands of Catholics, perhaps including the pope himself, will lap it up.

Pope Francis visits Dublin’s Catholic cathedral

Pope Francis is welcomed by cheering fans as he arrives by ‘Popemobile’ at Dublin’s Catholic cathedral. The centre of worship is known as St Mary’s ‘Pro Cathedral’, a term used because Catholics consider Dublin’s original cathedral, now controlled by the Church of Ireland, to still be rightfully theirs.

Pope shares outrage at “repugnant crimes”

(25 Aug 2018) Pope Francis said at the start of a visit to Ireland on Saturday that he shares the outrage of rank-and-file Catholics over the failure of church authorities to punish the “repugnant crimes” of priests who raped and molested children. (Aug. 25)

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Victims, Catholics React to Pope Abuse Statement

(20 Aug 2018) Currently practicing Catholics, and those who were sexually abused by clergy as youths, are responding to the Pope’s condemnation of child sex abuse and its cover up within the Catholic church. (Aug. 20)

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AP Explains: Pope’s Letter on Sexual Abuse

(20 Aug 2018) Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church. (Aug. 20)

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On Sunday, Catholics React to Abuse Report

(19 Aug 2018) Some Catholics across the U.S. shaken by the latest revelations of priests sexually abusing children say they will stand behind the church while encouraging efforts to hold leaders accountable. (Aug. 19)

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Barefoot Catholics throng icon in huge Philippine procession

A sea of heaving, towel-waving humanity swarms a black statue of a cross-bearing Jesus Christ in the Philippine capital as the Catholic faithful joined one of the nation’s largest religious festivals.