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The good, the bad and the merciful: Pope Francis after six years

(RNS) — Pope Francis’ strength is as a pastor who calls people to conversion. He does not think like an administrator, one who establishes policies and structures to ensure things are done properly.
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Pope opens Lent with call to avoid ‘clutches of consumerism’

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has urged Roman Catholic faithful to free themselves from the ‘clutches of consumerism and the snares of selfishness’ as he marked the start of Lent.
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Grading the Vatican abuse summit

An F is inappropriate.
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At sex abuse summit, Catholic bishops tangle with details

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — “We have to be respectful … of their concerns, but, at the same time, make sure that does not allow for a justification of secrecy,” Cardinal Blase Cupich said.
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Pope Francis calls for ‘all-out battle’ against child sex abuse

Pope Francis referred to clerics who abuse children as “tools of Satan.”
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Pope demands ‘concrete’ response to abuse crisis at Vatican summit

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The challenge for the nearly 200 assembled clerics at the Vatican this week is to find concrete measures that the global church can agree on — and that will satisfy abuse victims.
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Religion’s role in the climate emergency

Time to start talking about sacrifice.
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Pope publicly acknowledges clergy sexual abuse of nuns

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — The acknowledgment comes just two weeks before he hosts an unprecedented gathering of bishops to craft a global response to the scandal of priestly predators.
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Raising expectations for the Vatican’s abuse summit

There’s good reason to think significant progress will be made.
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Pope calls for Yemen relief as he heads to UAE

(AP) — “The people are exhausted by the long conflict and many children are hungry, but humanitarian aid isn’t accessible,” Pope Francis said.
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