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December 16, 2018 5:17 AM FALSE: Did Pope Francis bless the administration of President Duterte?

No, Pope Francis did not bless Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration A Philippine website ran an article claiming Pope Francis used a recent Vatican conference on drug addiction to bless governments, especially the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, so they could fight "traffickers of death". Transcripts, videos and media 92

October 15, 2018 12:07 PM Taiwan invites pope to visit after historic China deal

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan has invited Pope Francis to visit the island in a move aimed at deepening ties with the Vatican after the Holy See signed a historic deal with Beijing. Vice president Chen Chien-jen made the invitation during an audience with the pope ahead of the canonization of Pope John Paul VI on Sunday, Taiwan’s presidential office said in a statement 69

October 8, 2018 1:19 PM Pope meets top US cardinal in shadow of abuse scandal

VATICAN CITY, Holy See — Pope Francis met the president of the US bishops’ conference Monday as his supporters closed ranks over the pontiff’s handling of allegations of sexual misconduct by a US cardinal. Francis held talks with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo and other senior members of the bishops’ conference just 48 hours after ordering an investigation 55

October 3, 2018 9:45 AM Pope opens youth synod as confidence dips on abuse fallout

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is urging Catholic bishops to dream of a future free of the mistakes and sins of the past, as he opens a global gathering of church leaders amid renewed outrage over the priestly sex abuse and cover-up scandal. Francis celebrated Mass Wednesday with the 200-plus priests, bishops and cardinals summoned to Rome for a monthlong 47

September 9, 2018 1:43 AM Pope urges bishops to fight abuse, clerical culture behind it

VATICAN CITY, Holy See – Pope Francis on Saturday urged newly-ordained bishops to fight abuse and reject what he termed the “clerical” culture which has seen a series of sex abuse scandals rock the Catholic Church. “Dear brothers, turn away from clericalism. Just say no to abuse, of power, conscience or any type means saying no forcefully to all forms 38

August 30, 2018 11:42 AM Pope ‘serene’ amid claims he covered up ex-cardinal’s sex scandal — Vatican

Vatican City— The Vatican’s secretary of state says Pope Francis is “serene” despite the “bitterness and concern” in the Vatican over accusations that he covered up for an American ex-cardinal accused of sexual misconduct. Cardinal Pietro Parolin says accusations from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano created “great pain” within the Vatican. But he said: “Pope Francis 43

August 27, 2018 8:33 AM Parents can seek psychiatric help for children with homosexual tendencies — Pope

Pope Francis has recommended parents seek psychiatric help for children who show homosexual tendencies, during a press conference on his plane taking him back to Rome from Ireland. A journalist asked the pontiff on Sunday what he would say to parents who observe homosexual traits in their children. “I would say first of all pray, not to condemn, to dialogue 24

August 26, 2018 8:59 AM Pope in Ireland listens to the wounds of the abused

DUBLIN — Pope Francis is visiting a famous shrine and saying Mass on his second day in Ireland after meeting with victims of clerical sex abuse and other abuses committed by Catholic officials and institutions. Francis spent 90 minutes Saturday speaking with eight abuse victims, including two who were forcibly given up for adoption as newborns because 30

August 14, 2018 2:57 AM Australia archbishop gets house detention for abuse cover-up

NEWCASTLE, Australia — The most senior Roman Catholic cleric convicted of covering up child sex abuse has been ordered by an Australian court to serve his 1-year sentence in home detention rather than jail. Newcastle Magistrate Robert Stone on Tuesday ordered former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson to be detained at his sister’s house for at least 6 months 30

August 7, 2018 10:41 AM Lithuania’s largest city to launch highly sexualized tourism ad before Pope’s visit

Vilnius, Lithuania — Lithuanian tourism officials are coming under fire from the Catholic Church for a highly sexualized campaign to promote the capital, Vilnius, only weeks ahead of a visit by Pope Francis. The campaign features a poster of a woman lying on a map of Europe with her hand gripping Lithuania. The text reads: “Vilnius, the g-spot of Europe 37