Pope Francis approved on Wednesday an unprecedented Vatican tribunal to judge bishops accused of covering up or failing to prevent sexual abuse of minors, but one victims’ group branded the move as too little too late.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A stern Pope Francis urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to make a “sincere and great effort” to achieve peace in Ukraine.
The two met for about 50 minutes and agreed on the need to recreate a climate of dialogue in Ukraine and to implement a peace deal designed to end fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatist rebels, the Vatican said.
Vatican city (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Wednesday approved an unprecedented Vatican department to judge bishops accused of covering up or not preventing sexual abuse of minors, meeting a key demand by victims’ groups.
A statement said the department would come under the auspices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s doctrinal arm, “to judge bishops with regard to crimes of the abuse of office when connected to the abuse of minors”.
ROME (Reuters) – The United States urged the Vatican on Wednesday to criticize Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict more forcefully, hours before Pope Francis was due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“It does seem that Russia is supporting the insurgents and does seem that there are Russian troops inside Ukraine,” said Ken Hackett, the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.
Pope Francis offered a hint on Tuesday about his position on the alleged apparitions of the Madonna in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje, ahead of a formal Vatican decision expected soon.
The Vatican is close to making a ruling on the alleged apparitions of the Madonna in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje, one of the most controversial cases in the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis said on Saturday.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged Bosnians on Saturday to seek lasting ethnic and religious harmony to heal the deep, lingering wounds of the 1992-1995 war that devastated the former Yugoslav republic.
“The cry of God’s people goes up once again from this city… War never again,” he said at a Mass for some 65,000 people at the stadium of the city that was once a symbol of ethnic and religious diversity in socialist Yugoslavia.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Pope Francis arrived in Sarajevo on Saturday bringing a call for lasting reconciliation 20 years after the Bosnian war.
The one-day visit marks the third by a pope since Bosnia broke away from socialist Yugoslavia and descended into a war between 1992 and 1995 that killed 100,000 people.
The Vatican appointed its first auditor-general on Friday in Pope Francis’ latest move aimed at ensuring transparency in the scandal-plagued finances at the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.