(RNS) Pope Francis’ landmark document on protecting the environment and battling climate change is finally out after months of anticipation — and anxiety — that in the history of encyclicals is probably rivaled only by Pope Paul VI’s 1968 letter banning artificial birth control. But will it have an effect? Here are four challenges Francis faces going forward.
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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Drawing attention to the U.N.’s World Refugee Day this Saturday, Pope Francis said people who shut out refugees should seek forgiveness.
(RNS) The religious abuses are among a host of widespread human rights violations that are forcing its citizens to undertake deadly voyages to Europe through North Africa, the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights said.
(RNS) It strains the conscience of our modern societies to realize that 100 years after the death of 1.5 million Armenians, the threat of further genocide hangs heavy over our so-called “civilized world.”
NEW YORK (RNS) Pope Francis hopes his upcoming encyclical on climate change will influence the next round of talks in Paris on global warming.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, 65, is the highest-ranking church official to be found guilty of sex abuse and has two months to appeal his sentence before facing criminal proceedings at the Vatican.
ROME (RNS) The panel’s criticism was far more muted than a scathing February report from the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child that asserted that the Vatican had fostered “impunity” for abusers.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Any serious look around the world at what the Holy See is doing and what local churches are doing shows clearly that there is no climate of impunity but a total commitment to clean house,” Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “In many people’s minds it is an American problem, an Irish problem or a German problem,” said Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston referring to the sex abuse scandal. “The church has to face it is everywhere in the world. There is so much denial.”