In an audience Saturday with the Foreign Press Association in Rome, Francis also urged journalists to not fall prey to click-bait headlines and half-reported stories, saying errors can not only misrepresent the truth but damage entire communities.
A papal decree, which covers abuse of both children and adults, also obliges every Catholic diocese in the world to set up simple and accessible reporting systems and encourages local churches to involve lay experts in investigations.
The dramatic gesture happened during a spiritual retreat by the two men at the Vatican and came only hours after the military in neighbouring Sudan ousted its longtime leader, President Omar al-Bashir, after 30 years of authoritarian rule.
The pope made his comments to reporters aboard the plane returning from Morocco in response to a question about migration in general and about U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to shut down the southern border with Mexico.
A court in Lyon ruled on March 7 that between July 2014 and June 2015, Barbarin covered up allegations of sexual abuse of boy scouts in the 1980s and early 1990s by a priest who is due to go on trial later this year.
The changes signed by the pope make it obligatory for superiors and co-workers to report abuse allegations; punish failure to report with dismissal, fines or jail; and offer assistance to victims and families.
The Catholic leader was greeted by Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the Emirati vice president and prime minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, during the presentation of delegations in the courtyard of the royal palace
U.S. President Barack Obama (at podium) delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington, Pope Francis (C) waves as he arrives to lead the weekly audience at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican.
Hillary Clinton greets members of the culinary workers union local 226 as she arrives to speak at a demonstration outside the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, At least 13 people, including seven children, died as a landslide hit shanties erected in Karachi's Gulistan-i-Jauhar area early Tuesday Ocotber 13.
Eid al-Adha marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the Mecca. The trip to Silicon Valley forms part of Narendra Modi’s visit to the US’ west coast – the first by an Indian prime minister in more than three decades. Pope Francis arrived Tuesday on the first visit of his life to the United States, bringing his humble manner and his “church of the poor” to a rich and powerful nation polarized over economic inequality, immigration and equal justice.
Australian victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy have called for a face to face meeting with Pope Francis. They want a Papal commitment to protect children in the future. Testimony from a high ranking Vatican official that he’d been lied to and knew nothing of alleged abuse in the 1970s has frustrated witnesses. […]
Pope Francis wraps up his trip to Mexico on Wednesday with some of his most anticipated events: a visit in a Ciudad Juarez prison just days after a riot in another lockup killed 49 inmates and a stop at the Texas border when immigration is a hot issue for the U.S. presidential campaign. He also […]