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Did Francis really say that 2% of priests are paedophiles?

La Reppublica on Sunday published another ‘interview’ with Pope Francis by its 90-year-old atheist founder, Eugenio Scalfari, which has set the news media humming with three apparently remarkable claims: that one in 50 priests — that would make 8,000 members of the … Continue reading

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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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Latest figures show UN accusations over abuse are way out of date

On Monday members of the United Nations Committee against Torture challenged Archbishop Silvio Tomasi, the Holy See’s ambassador to the UN, to explain just what the Church was doing to combat clerical child abuse. Treating sexual abuse as a kind … Continue reading

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Archbishop Tomasi’s speech to UN committee against torture

The following remarks were made today (Monday) by the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, presenting the Initial Periodic Report of the Holy See to the U.N.’s Committee on the Convention against Torture. The Holy See … Continue reading

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Vatican braced for UN repeat attack on abuse (but this time sees it coming)

The Vatican is readying itself for another battering over abuse from the United Nations — this time from its committee against torture. But the difference is that, when the Holy See goes to Geneva on Monday and Tuesday to present its … Continue reading

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Saints can fail yet be holy (and that goes for popes too)

Although the millions who will visit Rome this weekend and watch the ceremonies from around the world show the immense popularity of Pope Francis’s decision to canonise his predecessors Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, the decision has not … Continue reading

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