Pope creates tribunal for bishop child abuse cases

Pope Francis has created a new Vatican tribunal section to hear cases of bishops who fail to protect children from sexually abusive priests. Wednesday’s announcement came years after victims groups started urging the Vatican to establic clear procesures to make bishops more accountable for abuse in their dioceses, even if[…]

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Pope’s genocide claim encourages racism: Turkey PM

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the pope’s remarks describing Armenians as the victims of “the first genocide of the 20th century” are wrong and encourage racism in Europe. Pope Francis made the comments at a special remembrance mass in St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday. Turkey immediately recalled its ambassador[…]

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Pope decries violence in God’s name

Pope Francis has condemned the “brutal persecution” of minorities by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and said the joy of Christmas was marred by the suffering of children in the Middle East and around the world. “I ask him, the saviour of the world, to look[…]

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