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Pope Francis tells abuse survivors in Santa Marta: Before God and his people I express my sorrow for the sins and grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse committed against you. And I humbly ask forgiveness.

In a searing, penitential and fiercely resolute homily this morning in the Domus Santa Marta, the Pope told six abuse survivors who had come to meet him that they represented a “miracle of hope, which prevails against the deepest darkness”. The survivors … Continue reading

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Francis ushers in the age of collegiality

The Council of Cardinal Advisers — the so-called “C8” — concluded its three-day meeting last Wednesday, the fourth time it has met since being created by Pope Francis in October 2013. The C8 — which is really a C9, since it … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Homily for the Canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II

At the heart of this Sunday, which concludes the Octave of Easter and which John Paul II wished to dedicate to Divine Mercy, are the glorious wounds of the risen Jesus. He had already shown those wounds when he first … Continue reading

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Francis-Scalfari: a model of the ‘culture of encounter’

The unscripted papal interview, a thing once unheard of, is fast becoming commonplace. To the first two in July, Globo TV and the papal plane, and last month’s 12,000-word one with Jesuit magazines, can now be added the interview published yesterday in La Repubblica, Italy’s equivalent … Continue reading

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Francis on women and the Church: what did he mean?

Buried in the long press conference aboard the papal plane on 28 July, and under-reported because of the focus on his remarks about gay people in the same interview, was an intriguing response by Pope Francis to a journalist’s question … Continue reading

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