A day after at least 75 people were reported killed in clashes between police and protesters in Ukraine’s capital, Pope Francis asked the College of Cardinals to send a message of support to the two Ukrainian cardinals who are suffering because their people are.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released the names and additional information Feb. 17 of nine priests against whom claims of sexual abuse of a minor were found to be substantiated.
The archdiocese’s appeal doesn’t change its commitment to transparency and ongoing disclosure, which it has already demonstrated, said Joseph Kueppers, archdiocesan chancellor for civil affairs.
The Vatican said it would continue to adhere to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, despite what it views as unfair criticism and suggestions from the committee that would violate Church teaching.
An emotional Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila welcomed U.S. Catholic leaders reviewing Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts, saying that the work to rebuild devastated communities can show the world a Church united in the service of people in need.
In retirement, Pope Benedict XVI follows a daily schedule similar to that of any retired bishop or religious: He prays, reads, strolls, talks with people and offers them spiritual advice, the Vatican spokesman said.
A Ramsey County District court judge said Feb. 11 that Archbishop John Nienstedt and former archdiocesan vicar general Father Kevin McDonough must testify under oath about the archdiocese’s policies and procedures for handling clergy sexual abuse allegations.