Pope Francis asks for prayers ahead of Vatican abuse summit

Catholic News Agency | 2/17/2019 | Staff
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Vatican City, Feb 17, 2019 / 04:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Sunday asked for prayers for a meeting of the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world slated to take place later this week.

During his weekly Angelus address Feb. 17, the pope invited Catholics to pray for the four-day event, which he said he wanted to hold “as an act of strong pastoral responsibility before an urgent challenge of our time.”

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The Feb. 21-24 summit on the protection of minors in the Church will focus on the themes of responsibility, accountability, and transparency of bishops. It will also include testimony of victims of abuse, Mass, and a penitential liturgy.

The meeting follows just days after the announcement of the Vatican’s decision to laicize former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was last week found guilty by the CDF of “solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power.”

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Before the Angelus, Pope Francis spoke about the beatitudes as recounted in the Gospel of Luke. This passage, he said, “invites us to reflect on the profound meaning of having faith, which consists in totally trusting the Lord.”

It is also an invitation to reflect on idols, those things which the world proposes as shortcuts to happiness, “magical solutions to every problem,” making it easy to fall into sins against the first commandment by replacing God with worldly pleasures and comforts, he said.

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But Jesus tells us, “blessed the poor, the hungry, the afflicted, the persecuted,”...
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