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Running to just under 2,000 words, Francis’s letter calls for a “personal and communal” conversion from the Church, a “penitential exercise of prayer and fasting” by the laity and the implementation of a “zero tolerance” policy on abuse along with accountability for those who mishandle abuse complaints. 

 


Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, who was due to give a keynote address at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin this week, has withdrawn from the event. No reason was given. 


A Kenyan Catholic bishop has appealed to the government to prioritise the fight against drugs and alcohol abuse in the country, saying the East African nation was losing a section of young learners to the crisis.


The shoe display was part of the Share the Journey campaign led by Catholic charities, CAFOD and Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN)


In the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, a Vatican spokesman called the abuses described in the report as being "criminal and morally reprehensible."


An international coalition representing LGBT Catholics and an Irish reform group which supports women priests and gay Catholics have failed to secure space for their stalls at the World Meeting of Families.


A researcher at the University of Glasgow has called on Scottish Catholics to share their experiences of living with their faith in Scotland.


The Irish diocese of Clogher has lost a third of its priests in just 20 years and is now facing a radical restructuring in order to sustain pastoral and sacramental provision.

 


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