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Established by Pope Francis based on a proposal of the Council of Cardinals
A Commission for the protection of minors
Pope Francis has decided to establish a Commission for the protection of minors for the purpose of assisting him in the Holy See's commitment to the protection of children and to pastoral care for victims of abuse. Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, announced this in the Holy See Press Office today, 5 December, during a briefing at the end of the Council of Cardinal's meetings. This decision, explained the Cardinal – one of the members of the Council – was made by the Pope accepting...
At the General Audience Pope Francis speaks about the resurrection of the body
When eternity begins
On Wednesday morning, 4 December, the Holy Father continued his reflection on the Creed, this week focusing on what the resurrection of the body means. He also asked the faithful to pray with him for “Orthodox nuns of St Tecla in Maaloula, Syria, who were taken by force two days by armed men”. Let us pray, he said, “for these sisters and for all people who have been sequestered because of this ongoing conflict.” The following is a translation of the Pope's catechesis which was given in Italian. Dear...
The Secretary of State greets Cardinals Tuesday afternoon
Meetings of the Council
of Cardinals continue
The Council of Cardinals' second session of meetings is in full swing. Pope Francis established the council in order to assist him in governing the universal Church and to examine a revision of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor bonus on the Roman Curia. This morning, Wednesday 4 December, Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, informed journalists that the eight cardinals are continuing to meet at the Domus Sanctae Marthae “in an atmosphere of serenity, cordiality and openness:...