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Pope Francis met six victims of clerical sex abuse today to beg forgiveness for the “sacrilegious” crimes committed by the “sons and daughters of the Church, who betrayed their mission to abuse the innocent.”
The reality of the lives of Catholics across the world is revealed in the working document for the forthcoming Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family.
Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, met for a second time in Rome in June.
Pope Francis on Sunday called on the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to “break the spiral of hatred and violence”, during a historic meeting of the two Middle Eastern presidents at the Vatican.
In his homily to celebrate the ordination of a priest in his diocese the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, reflected on Pope Francis' call for priests to be among their flock, and warned that this could be difficult at times. He called on the Church to go out into the world and not close ranks.
During his trip to the Holy Land Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Cenacle on Mount Zion, the reputed site of the Upper Room and Last Supper. During his homily, which took place after his visit to the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, he said that the room spoke to him of friendship, but also of human faults like pettiness which reawaken "whenever we look at our brother and sister with contempt".
During his trip to the Holy Land Pope Francis meditated on the agony of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane on Maundy Thursday during a meeting with priests, religious and seminarians in the Church of All Nations on the Mount of Olives.
Czech priest and philosopher Fr Tomáš Halík was presented with the Templeton prize for "affirming life's spiritual direction" earlier this month. The award, which is valued at £1.1 million, was presented at a ceremony at the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. In his acceptance speech Fr Halík warned that western society had sacrificed Christian altruism for secular tolerance and that this mentality led to ghettoisation and a culture in which different ethnic groups did not mix.
The Apostolic Nuncio to Britain told the bishops of England and Wales that Pope Francis personally supports Cardinal Vincent Nichols over his criticism earlier this year of the Government’s welfare reforms.
Addressing the heads of all UN agencies, in Rome, Pope Francis said charity and justice should be based on "an awareness of the dignity of each of our brothers and sisters, whose life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death."