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Pope accepts resignations of three Chilean bishops

VATICAN (CNS): After an in-depth Vatican-led investigation into clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 61-year-old Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, along with those of Archbishop Cristian Caro Cordero of Puerto Montt, and Bishop Gonzalo Duarte Garcia de Cortazar of Valparaiso, both at the customary retirement age of 75.
 

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Pope prays for victims of Volcano of Fire

VATICAN (Agencies): “People here in Escuintla have lost everything, family members, homes, crops, their animals,” Luis Rolando Sanchez, Catholic Relief Services’ emergency coordinator for Latin America, said, afer the horrific eruption of Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) in Guatemala on June 3 left more than 60 people dead.
 
Pope Francis sent his condolences in a June 5 telegramme addressed to Archbishop Nicolas Thevenin, apostolic nuncio of Guatemala, CNS reported.
 

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German bishops asked to set aside plans for inter-Communion

VATICAN (CNS/UCAN): “The Holy Father has reached the conclusion that the document has not matured enough to be published,” said a letter signed by Archbishop Luis Ladaria, cardinal-designate and prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in which the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Germany was asked not to publish nationwide guidelines for allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass, but to continue having diocesan bishops judge specific situations.
 

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Pope ashamed by Church’s failure to listen to abuse survivors

VATICAN (CNS): In a letter to Catholics in Chile, Pope Francis expressed shame for the Church’s failure to listen and defend survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of the clergy.
 
Released by the Chilean bishops’ conference on May 31, the letter said that the time of “revision and purification” in the Church was possible through the efforts of abuse survivors “who, against all hope or painted as discredited, did not tire of looking for the truth.”
 

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Targeting fake papal news

VATICAN (CNS): When Pope Francis speaks unguardedly, “there is a risk that some of his expressions can be manipulated or interpreted incorrectly,” investigative journalist for the Italian Catholic newspaper, Avvenire, Nello Scavo, explains.
 
From the moment of his election, Pope Francis’ down-to-earth way of communicating the gospel has led to countless front-page headlines either praising or criticising him.
 

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Pope to meet with second group of abuse survivors from Chile

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis will meet from June 1 to 3 “five priests who were victims of abuses of power, of conscience and sexual abuse,” by Chilean Father Fernando Karadima or his followers, the Vatican said in a statement May 22.
 

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Chile’s bishops resign after meeting with pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): “We want to announce that all bishops present in Rome, in writing, have placed our positions in the Holy Father’s hands so that he may freely decide regarding each one of us,” Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo said on May 18 in a statement on behalf of Chile’s bishops.
 
The unprecedented decision was made on the final day of their May 15 to 17 meeting with Pope Francis to discuss the country’s clerical sexual abuse scandal.
 

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Popes’ styles may differ but message is same former spokesperson says

NEW YORK (CNS): Speaking at Fordham University, New York, about his experiences as Vatican spokesperson under Pope Benedict and Pope Francis, Jesuit Father Lombardi, who retired in 2016, said, “The vision and experience of the reality of the Church, led by the Spirit of the Lord, is the most profound and powerful element of continuity between the different popes.” 
 
His talk, From Benedict to Francis: A Jesuit Reflects on Serving Two Pope, under the univerity’s Russo Family Lecture, was given on May 15.

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New cardinals include two from Asia

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis announced on May 20 that he would elevate 14 new cardinals—two from Asia—on June 29. He said that coming from 11 nations, the cardinals-elect “express the universality of the Church, which continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all people of the earth.”
 

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Let the young people speak pope says

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis warned of the “dangers of speaking to young people without letting them speak, leaving them at ‘a safe distance’.”
 
In a May 12 video message to young people who had gathered at several sites around the world to pray the rosary together, he said, “Young people do not bite, they can come close and have enthusiasm. And not only do you have enthusiasm, you hold the key to the future.”
 

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