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  • Pope meets with Chilean bishops, discusses abuse crisis

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis spent nearly three hours with bishops from Chile discussing the sexual abuse crisis that has rocked the church in the country, a Chilean bishop said. Briefing journalists on the bishops' meeting with the pope Jan. ...

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  • Archbishop calls '9 Days for Life' a 'powerful prayer initiative'

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The novena "9 Days for Life" is a "powerful prayer initiative" for the end to abortion and for "the respect of all human life," said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities. The novena and related observances ...

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  • Rome mayor says Caritas will still get Trevi Fountain coins

    ROME (CNS) -- After weeks of confusion and consternation, Rome's mayor told the Vatican newspaper that Rome Caritas would benefit not only from the coins tourists throw in the Trevi Fountain, but from coins tossed in any of the city's historic water ...

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Irish abuse survivor wants Vatican summit to increase accountability


DUBLIN (CNS) -- A prominent survivor and advocate for those affected by clerical abuse has urged Pope Francis to publicly name bishops who have been found guilty of negligence by church tribunals. Marie Collins -- who was a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors from 2014 to 2017 -- also said that, during the Vatican summit on safeguarding in February, the pope should set out comprehensive procedures to hold bishops accountable.

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Pope meets with Chilean bishops, discusses abuse crisis


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis spent nearly three hours with bishops from Chile discussing the sexual abuse crisis that has rocked the church in the country, a Chilean bishop said. Briefing journalists on the bishops' meeting with the pope Jan. 13, Bishop Luis Fernando Ramos Perez, apostolic administrator of Rancagua and secretary-general of the bishops' conference, said they met for one hour with the pope at Vatican's Apostolic Palace and were invited to have lunch for nearly two hours with him to discuss "the situation of the church in Chile."

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Faith is passed on at home, pope tells parents at baptism


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Faith isn't something learned just by studying the catechism but rather is a gift passed on to children by the example of their parents, Pope Francis said. Although children learn the tenets of the Catholic faith in catechism class, it is first transmitted in the home "because faith always must be transmitted in dialect: the dialect of the family, the dialect of the home, in the atmosphere of the home," he said before baptizing 27 babies.

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