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Expectations and frustrations for summit on abuse

VATICAN (Agencies): “We want to see how we also can put on the table the question of bishops’ responsibility, so there would be greater clarity about who must do something and who checks if the things the Holy Father and the Church—the dicasteries—have ordered be done are, in effect, done,” Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, a member of the committee organising the upcoming February 21 to 24 meeting of heads of bishops’ conferences and representatives of religious orders to address the abuse and protection of minors, said on December 27.

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Christmas scene at the Vatican

The Sand Nativity scene and the Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
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Leave your comforts behind and reach out to the poor pope says

VATICAN (CNS): “We Christians cannot stand with arms folded in indifference” or thrown up in the air in helpless resignation, Pope Francis said in his homily on November 18, the World Day of the Poor, noting that as the rich get richer, the increasing misery and cries of the poor are ignored every day.
 

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Sino-Vatican provisional deal signed

HONG KONG (SE): The Vatican announced on September 22 that a Provisional Agreement between the Holy-See and China on the appointment of bishops had been signed at a meeting by Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, undersecretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States, and Wang Chao, deputy minister for Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, the heads of the delegation of the Holy See and China. 
 

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Vatican wants accountability for abusers and their protectors

VATICAN (CNS): Greg Burke, head of the Vatican press office, called the abuses described in a 900-page grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania, the United States “criminal and morally reprehensible.” 
 
He said, “Those acts were betrayals of trust that robbed survivors of their dignity and their faith. The Church must learn hard lessons from its past, and there should be accountability for both abusers and those who permitted abuse to occur.” 
 

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Bishops of Hong Kong and Macau discuss Sino-Vatican relations with pope

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis met with Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing of Hong Kong, together with Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-sang, bishop of Macau, during their ad limina visit on the morning of June 23 for an hour and 14 minutes the Chinese-language Catholic weekly, Kung Kao Po, reported.
 
Together with the pope and the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, they discussed the ongoing dialogue with China.
 

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New draft of document on Roman Curia finalised

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis will review the finalised draft of the apostolic constitution that would govern the Roman Curia, Greg Burke, the Vatican spokesman, said on June 13.
 

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Vatican bank affirms ethics over profit

VATICAN (CNS): The Institute for the Works of Religion—known as the Vatican bank—is striving to follow Catholic ethical practices in its investments, according to its latest annual report.
 
According to the 128-page report, published on May 22, the institute’s net profit for 2017 was €31.9 million ($308 million), which will all be donated to the Holy See. Net profit was down from €36 million in 2016, it said.
 

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Chinese priests greet Pope Francis at general audience

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis welcomed 26 Chinese priests to a general papal audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on April 25
 
They had been attending a spring session organised by the Verbiest Institute KU Leuven (Belgium), UCAN reported on April 26.
 
A priest from Inner Mongolia presented the pope with a chasuble made by Catholics from the autonomous region.
 

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Consistory to approve canonisations announced

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis will preside over an ordinary public consistory on May 19 to approve several canonisations, the Vatican announced on April 11.
 
The consistory will most likely confirm the canonisation dates of Blessed Pope Paul VI and Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero. The meeting of cardinals and promoters of the sainthood causes formally ends the process of approving a new saint.
 

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