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New child protection law and guidelines for Vatican City State

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis established the new norms and legal, criminal and safeguarding procedures for Vatican City State and the Roman Curia with an apostolic letter given motu proprio (on his own initiative), published on March 29. The law and procedures were to go into effect June 1.
 

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Time for ‘all-out battle’ against abuse

VATICAN (SE): “I make a heartfelt appeal for an all-out battle against the abuse of minors both sexually and in other areas, on the part of all authorities and individuals, for we are dealing with abominable crimes that must be erased from the face of the earth,” Pope Francis said in closing the February 21 to 24 Vatican summit on The Protection of Minors in the Church.
 

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At summit bishops consider 21 action items to handle, prevent abuse

VATICAN (Agencies): Immediately exhorting asking bishops and religious superiors to be concrete in confronting the clerical sexual abuse crisis and the need to protect children in the Church, CNS reported that Pope Francis handed them a list of 21 action items to consider at the start of the February 21 to 24 Vatican summit on the Protection of Minors in the Church.
 

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After the summit on abuse the stakes are clear

Greg Erlandson
 
The long-awaited meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church, nicknamed the abuse summit, was an extraordinary and historic gathering that surpassed many expectations while perhaps disappointing others.
 








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Summit on sex abuse: Silence and denial are unacceptable

VATICAN (CNS): When presented with an accusation that a priest has sexually abused a child, “whether it’s criminal or malicious complicity and a code of silence or whether it is denial” on a very human level, such reactions are no longer tolerable, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, the Vatican’s top investigator of abuse cases said during a news conference on February 18.
 

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Vatican marks 90th anniversary of Lateran Pacts

VATICAN (CNS): The historic signing of the Lateran Pacts between the Holy See and Italy 90 years ago, ending decades of tension between Italy and the Holy See, is an important example of cooperation and peace that is needed in today’s world, Norbertine Father Bernard Ardura, president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, told journalists on February 8.
 

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Pope updates role and authority of auditor’s office

VATICAN (CNS): As part of ongoing financial reform efforts, Pope Francis updated the role and authority of the auditor general’s office, calling it the Vatican’s “anti-corruption authority.”
 
The Vatican announced on February 9 that the new statutes go into effect on February 16 and replace those first promulgated on an experimental basis by the pope in 2015.
 

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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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