Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Pope acknowledges 2000-case backlog in sex abuse cases

Kenny Thornton | 14 May, 2017, 22:50

Pope Francis added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints Saturday, honoring young siblings whose reported visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the Portuguese farm town of Fatima into one of the world's most important Catholic shrines.

Asked whether he hoped that President Trump would change his policies on matters such as immigration after their meeting, Francis replied: "That is a political calculus I can not afford to make".

During a news conference on board the papal plane, Francis said he would look for common ground at Wednesday's meeting - the first between Trump and the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

"That is a political calculus that I do not permit myself to make", he said, adding: "Even in the religious sphere I am not a proselytizer".

He reiterated to reporters during his trip that people "need to find the doors that are at least slightly open".

"Peace is handcrafted", said Francis. "You do it every day". "Friendship between people, getting to know each other.is also handcrafted". "We feel enormous joy to know that this was the miracle that led to this canonization, but mostly we feel blessed by the friendship of these two children who helped our boy and now help our family".

The two men are due to meet at the Vatican on May 24 while the president is on a tour Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium, suggesting their previously icy relationship may have thawed.

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Microsoft admitted the move was "highly unusual" because the three operating systems are no longer officially supported. But he says the same thing could be done to crucial infrastructure, like nuclear power plants, dams or railway systems.

While the pontiff has not directly criticized Trump, he has spoken out about some of his more controversial campaign promises, particularly his pledge to build a wall "and make Mexico pay for it".

"Even if one thinks differently we have to be very honest about what each one thinks", Pope Francis said, adding he hoped to find "an at least partly open door" for dialogue with Mr Trump so that they could contribute to the cause of world peace.

Pope Francis was making his first comments about the criticism levelled at the Vatican's handling of sex-abuse cases by Marie Collins, an Irish abuse survivor who resigned from Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory commission in March. "There are many cases in which we are behind".

Francis also said he respects all decisions made by Vatican tribunals about priests accused of abuse and has never issued a pardon for a priest found guilty, known in Italian as issuing a letter of grazia.

"We are going ahead", Francis said Saturday.

"Marie Collins was right on that point". Francis has said the "protection of migrants" is a "moral duty".

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