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From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis endorses same-sex civil unions Papal Blessing

Pope Francis endorses same-sex civil unions

The Pope made the comments in a documentary released today.

From TheJournal.ie Pope removes Polish bishop following ‘cover-up’ of abuse claims against priests Abuse

Pope removes Polish bishop following ‘cover-up’ of abuse claims against priests

The pontiff accepted the resignation of Edward Janiak as bishop of Kalisz.

From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis meets with Cardinal George Pell following sex abuse trial Vatican

Pope Francis meets with Cardinal George Pell following sex abuse trial

George Pell was convicted but ultimately absolved by Australia’s High Court of sex abuse allegations.

From TheJournal.ie Pleasures of food and sex are 'simply divine', Pope Francis says The Vatican

Pleasures of food and sex are 'simply divine', Pope Francis says

“The Church has condemned inhuman, brutish, vulgar pleasure, but has on the other hand always accepted human, simple, moral pleasure,” he added.

From TheJournal.ie Pope 'deeply pained' over decision to turn Hagia Sophia museum into mosque Istanbul

Pope 'deeply pained' over decision to turn Hagia Sophia museum into mosque

Turkish president Erdogan formally converted the museum back into a mosque on Friday.

From TheJournal.ie In an empty St Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis calls for solidarity to face 'epochal challenge' of Covid-19 Easter Mass

In an empty St Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis calls for solidarity to face 'epochal challenge' of Covid-19

“This is not a time for self-centeredness, because the challenge we are facing is shared by all,” the pope said.

From TheJournal.ie 'Dear friends, look at the real heroes': Pope Francis begins Holy Week celebrations without the public Easter

'Dear friends, look at the real heroes': Pope Francis begins Holy Week celebrations without the public

Normally, tens of thousands of pilgrims would have attended Easter Week services.

From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis says put down your phones and turn off the TV this Lent Ash Wednesday

Pope Francis says put down your phones and turn off the TV this Lent

“It is the time to give up useless words, chatter, rumours, gossip, and talk and to speak directly to the Lord,” the pontiff said.

From TheJournal.ie Former pope Benedict denies he co-authored controversial book arguing against lifting celibacy ban Not In My Name

Former pope Benedict denies he co-authored controversial book arguing against lifting celibacy ban

While Benedict has sought to ease the crisis in the Vatican, Cardinal Robert Sarah has said the former pope did co-author the book.

From TheJournal.ie Former Pope Benedict makes 'incredible' plea to Pope Francis not to end clerical celibacy The Two Popes

Former Pope Benedict makes 'incredible' plea to Pope Francis not to end clerical celibacy

Francis is currently considering allowing it in remote locations, such as the Amazon, where communities seldom have Mass.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Don’t bite!’ Pope negotiates papal kiss from nun after hand-slapping controversy Papal Peck

‘Don’t bite!’ Pope negotiates papal kiss from nun after hand-slapping controversy

The image of Francis slapping his way free from the clutches of an admirer last week was an instant hit on social media.

From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis apologises after slapping hand of woman who grabbed him Apology

Pope Francis apologises after slapping hand of woman who grabbed him

“I apologise for the bad example given yesterday,” Pope Francis said.

From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis says 'light of Christ is greater' than darkness 'in human hearts' in annual Christmas message Urbi Et Orbi

Pope Francis says 'light of Christ is greater' than darkness 'in human hearts' in annual Christmas message

The pontiff sent well wishes to all of those living in conflict areas this Christmas time.

From TheJournal.ie Vatican amends Church law to remove papal confidentiality around child sex abuse cases Pontifical Secret

Vatican amends Church law to remove papal confidentiality around child sex abuse cases

The reform is part of changes being introduced by the Church today.

From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis condemns nuclear weapons while visiting Nagasaki Pope Francis

Pope Francis condemns nuclear weapons while visiting Nagasaki

Thousands of Japanese people came out in heavy rain to hear the pope speak.

From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis apologises over theft of Amazon statues from church in Rome Indigenous

Pope Francis apologises over theft of Amazon statues from church in Rome

The pontiff asked for forgiveness and said the indigenous statues had been found.

From TheJournal.ie A British cardinal who helped found UCD is to become a saint today Joining The Ranks

A British cardinal who helped found UCD is to become a saint today

Pope Francis will create five new saints today.

From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis hosting conference which will debate whether married men could be priests Vatican

Pope Francis hosting conference which will debate whether married men could be priests

The move is part of discussions to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon region.

From TheJournal.ie UCD founder Cardinal Newman set for sainthood in October New Saint

UCD founder Cardinal Newman set for sainthood in October

Cardinal John Henry Newman will be canonised in October by Pope Francis.

From TheJournal.ie Pope issues law requiring Catholic clergy members to report sex abuse - but not to police Catholic Church

Pope issues law requiring Catholic clergy members to report sex abuse - but not to police

The law declares that anyone who has knowledge of abuse is obliged to report it to the Church.

From TheJournal.ie Catholic in 2019: 'Some cardinals and clerics appear trapped within a medieval mindset - but Pope Francis provides a glimmer of hope' Opinion

Catholic in 2019: 'Some cardinals and clerics appear trapped within a medieval mindset - but Pope Francis provides a glimmer of hope'

‘We can all help to change the outdated teachings, traditions and structures which repel many adults and young people,’ writes Joe Mulvaney.

From The42 'You can't say it' - Pope Francis warns public to stop comparing Messi to God Careful Now

'You can't say it' - Pope Francis warns public to stop comparing Messi to God

The head of the Catholic Church believes that this level of adoration for the star player could be considered sacrilegious.

From TheJournal.ie Vatican explains that Pope Francis withdrew his ring for hygiene reasons Viral

Vatican explains that Pope Francis withdrew his ring for hygiene reasons

The video was shared online and had gained more than 11 million views on Twitter.

From TheJournal.ie Video showing Pope Francis trying to avoid having his ring kissed goes viral Catholicism

Video showing Pope Francis trying to avoid having his ring kissed goes viral

Francis’ apparent reluctance to have his ring kissed has sparked a debate online, where the video has gone viral.

From TheJournal.ie Pope accepts resignation of Chile cardinal over sex abuse cases Ricardo Ezzati

Pope accepts resignation of Chile cardinal over sex abuse cases

Ricardo Ezzati, archbishop of Santiago, is the highest-ranking Catholic official in Chile.

From TheJournal.ie Pope rejects resignation of French cardinal convicted of sex abuse cover-up Cardinal Barbarin

Pope rejects resignation of French cardinal convicted of sex abuse cover-up

France’s highest-ranking Catholic official failed to report sex abuse by a priest.

From TheJournal.ie Australian Cardinal George Pell found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys Church

Australian Cardinal George Pell found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys

He has now become the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes.

From TheJournal.ie Survivors call for 'zero tolerance' towards Catholic Church sex abuse as four-day Vatican summit gets underway VATICAN SUMMIT

Survivors call for 'zero tolerance' towards Catholic Church sex abuse as four-day Vatican summit gets underway

180 participants, including the presidents of 113 bishop conferences from around the world, are expected to travel to Rome.

From TheJournal.ie Vatican defrocks former cardinal over sexual abuse of teenager in US Theodore McCarrick

Vatican defrocks former cardinal over sexual abuse of teenager in US

It is the first time a cardinal has ever been defrocked for sex abuse.

From TheJournal.ie The Vatican is hosting a major summit on its response to child abuse, but what does it hope to achieve? Francis
From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis makes historic visit to United Arab Emirates Papal Visit

Pope Francis makes historic visit to United Arab Emirates

His trip culminates tomorrow with the first-ever papal Mass on the Arabian Peninsula.

From TheJournal.ie Campaigner calls on Catholic Church to remove 'vagueness and ambiguity' from response to child abuse Marie Collins

Campaigner calls on Catholic Church to remove 'vagueness and ambiguity' from response to child abuse

A Protection of Minors meeting is due to take place in the Vatican later this month.

From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis warns of 'crisis of credibility' following church sex abuse scandal Sex Abuse Scandal

Pope Francis warns of 'crisis of credibility' following church sex abuse scandal

In an eight-page letter, the pope hit out against attempts to regain church prestige through “marketing”.

From TheJournal.ie Vatican spokesman and deputy resign in latest staff shake-up Vatican Shake-up

Vatican spokesman and deputy resign in latest staff shake-up

The Vatican has yet to give an explanation for the resignation of Greg Burke and his deputy Paloma Garcia Ovejero.

From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis attacks 'insatiable greed' in world and calls for 'fraternity' among people Christmas Message

Pope Francis attacks 'insatiable greed' in world and calls for 'fraternity' among people

Crowds came from all over the world, meanwhile, to mark Christmas Day in Bethlehem.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach's constituency office contacted DCC over objections to Papal visit Road Closures

Taoiseach's constituency office contacted DCC over objections to Papal visit Exclusive

An objection sent to the Taoiseach said road closures inflicted ‘unnecessary hardship on local residents’.

From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis removes two scandal-hit cardinals from his inner circle Tainted

Pope Francis removes two scandal-hit cardinals from his inner circle

George Pell and Francisco Javier Errazuriz were both removed from the C9 Council of Cardinals.

From TheJournal.ie 'Pure sectarian hatred' or 'totally biased pro-Catholic coverage': Complaints to RTÉ over papal visit Angry Feedback

'Pure sectarian hatred' or 'totally biased pro-Catholic coverage': Complaints to RTÉ over papal visit

Documents released show that RTÉ received nearly 1,000 pieces of “feedback” over its coverage.

Priests told to have another national collection to help make up €4m deficit in fundraising for Pope visit

Bishop Kevin Doran blamed negative media coverage in the run up to the event for the shortfall.

From TheJournal.ie Vatican stalls on Belgium bishops' suggestion to allow young married men to become priests Belgium

Vatican stalls on Belgium bishops' suggestion to allow young married men to become priests

The suggestion of easing the rules on celibacy was raised by the Auxiliary Bishop of Brussels.

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