Pope tells Sicily’s mafia ‘You cannot believe in God and be mafiosi’

Pontiff visited Palermo to commemorate Pino Puglisi, a priest murdered in 1993 Pope Francis has appealed to Sicilys mafia to abandon lives of crime and violence, saying the island needed men and women of love, not men and women of honour, using the term mobsters apply to themselves. Speaking on…

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Vatican expresses ‘shame and sorrow’ over Pennsylvania child abuse scandal

Statement says the Holy See condemns unequivocally the sexual abuse of minors and The church must learn hard lessons from its past The Vatican has expressed shame and sorrow over the sexual abuse of at least 1,000 children by more than 300 Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, and has said Pope…

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Pope Francis tells gay man: ‘God made you like this’

Juan Carlos Cruz, who was sexually abused, says pontiff told him God did not mind that he was gay A survivor of clerical sexual abuse has said Pope Francis told him that God had made him gay and loved him, in arguably the most strikingly accepting comments about homosexuality to…

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