Pope calls for end to Holy Land violence (3)

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Vira led a group of monks from Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm or Wat Pho, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Thailand and Wat Pho's lay minister Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi, Thai Beverage Ltd Co's CEO to the Vatican to strengthen the relationship between Buddhists and Catholic Christians.

Pope Francis told them the process of identifying the problems had two benefits: a recognition of "the truth about our condition as being in need, sick", but, at the same time, a recognition that even if people have failed, God is still present and is calling his people to come together and to move forward.

Due to circumstance, Bertomeu, an official of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, ended taking lead after Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna was hospitalized in Chile for emergency gall bladder surgery.

"[Sexual abuse] is always abuse".

In 2015, he said there should not be "leaders for life" in the Church, because that only happens in dictatorships.


Francis may have also been referring to Chilean bishops implicated in a sex abuse cover-up scandal, according to the Associated Press.

"I investigated Karadima, I won't say more", said Cardinal Javier Errázuriz, speaking to the Chilean outlet T13.

Pope Francis also explained that the baptismal candle reminds us that the Light of the World is Jesus Christ, "who, having risen from the dead, has conquered the darkness of evil".

They said their main goals are to listen to what Francis has to say and to find a way forward which brings both healing and reparation for victims, as well as stricter prevention measures. Thirty-four Chilean Bishops were in attendance.

Pope Francis had previous defended Barros, saying he had received no evidence of the bishop's guilt, and called accusations against him "calumny" during a trip to Chile in January.


"I think about the bishops, of all the bishops".

"As the Vatican is planning to exhibit world manuscripts at the Vatican Museum, Pope Francis wanted to translate the manuscript into today's Bali-Thai language", said Vira.

The Chilean bishops arrived in Rome from late last week, and most are expected to leave during the weekend.

On Thursday, Francis welcomed the bishops mid-morning, and will do so again in the afternoon.


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