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Chile’s bishops admit mistakes in handling sexual abuse cases

VATICAN (CNS): Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo, Chile, acknowledged the damage inflicted on survivors of clerical sex abuse and the mishandling of cases by Church leaders in the country. “We have made mistakes,” he said.
 
“Receiving information that sexual abuses occurred in our community left many people in shock, because it is something that is unacceptable, intolerable, unjustifiable from every point of view,” the bishop said.
 

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Parishes must be places where people are welcomed and loved

ROME (CNS): Too often, evangelisation is stifled by “faith understood only as things to do and not as a liberation that renews us at every step,” said Pope Francis said on May 14, as he spoke to some 1,700 diocesan leaders, both clergy and laity, at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, in Rome.
 

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Pope Francis invited to visit Taiwan

VATICAN (Agencies): Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan (洪山川) of Taipei, invited Pope Francis to visit Taiwan, possibly during the national Eucharistic Congress to be held on the island next March, AsiaNews and Reuters reported on May 11.
 
Reuters reported that the archbishop, who is in Rome for an ad limina visit together with six other Taiwanese bishops, said at a reception at Taiwan’s embassy to the Holy See, “No pope has ever landed in Taiwan.” 
 

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Pope Benedict’s insight relevant and urgent today Pope Francis writes

VATICAN (CNS): For more than 50 years, the writings of retired Pope Benedict XVI on the relationship between faith and politics have insisted that the measure of human freedom is the extent to which each person acknowledges being dependent on the love of God, Pope Francis writes in the preface to a new book, Liberating Freedom: Faith and Politics in the Third Millennium.
 
The book is a collection of essays over the course of several decades, including during Pope Benedict’s eight-year pontificate.
 

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German bishops urged to find consensus on Communion question

VATICAN (CNS): “Pope Francis appreciates the ecumenical commitment of the German bishops and asks them to find, in a spirit of ecclesial communion, a result as unanimously as possible,” said a statement from the Vatican as the pope called for the bishops of Germany to continue working together to find broader consensus on guidelines for allowing a Protestant married to a Catholic to receive the Eucharist.
 

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Pope hails historic meeting between Korean leader

VATICAN (SE): Pope Francis hailed the agreement reached at the recent inter-Korean summit regarding denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, and expressed the hope that that their courageous commitment may achieve “a path of sincere dialogue for a Korean Peninsula that is free of nuclear weapons,” Vatican News reported 
 

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Catholic media must not fall behind in digital age

VATICAN (CNS): In an age when technology is ever-evolving, Catholic news organisations must be willing to adapt to effectively proclaim the gospel to all, Pope Francis said on May 1.
 
Speaking to directors and employees of Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, the pope said that the use of new digital platforms not only requires significant technological updates but also a willingness to accept that “the attachment to the past may prove to be a dangerous temptation.”
 

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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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Survivors hopeful for an end to culture of abuse after meeting the pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS): After private meetings with Pope Francis, three survivors of clergy sexual abuse from Chile, Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo, said they felt they had been heard and were hopeful for changes in the way the Catholic Church handles accusations of abuse.
 

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Listening must lead to action abuse survivors say

VATICAN  (CNS): Pope Francis’ planned meeting with abuse survivors from Chile could mark a turning point in how the Catholic Church deals not just with prevention, but especially with how it responds to accusations.
 
The pope has said he wanted the meetings with three survivors, from April 27 to 29 individually and on April 30 as a group, to be his chance to ask for forgiveness and express his pain and shame for what they have suffered.