Marie Collins, an Irish abuse survivor who is one of the members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, responds to the controversy behind another member's leave.
Speaking to the priests he will commission to hear confessions during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the pope outlined three particular characteristics they should practice when hearing confessions.
"I make an appeal to the international community to not spare any effort to urgently bring the parties to the negotiating table," Pope Francis urged Sunday.
"I have not left and I am not leaving my position on the commission," said British children's advocate Peter Saunders.
One of the most outspoken members of the commission advising Pope Francis on clergy sexual abuse is no longer actively working with the group, the Vatican has announced.
Peter Tatchell criticized a court’s decision in Northern Ireland to charge a bakery with discrimination for refusing to ice a cake with a slogan in support of same-sex marriage.
ROME -- Campaigners across Italy have held rallies calling for same-sex couples to be granted legal recognition and family rights, but they are facing tough opposition.
Pope Francis was the third pope to visit Rome's main synagogue Jan. 17 and said the church "recognizes ... the constant and faithful love of God for Israel."
Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, a former accountant in a Vatican office overseeing property and investments, was found guilty of slander and given a two-year suspended sentence. Corruption charges were dropped.
Interviewing Pope Francis in July, Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli asked how Francis might act as a confessor to a gay person in light of his remark, "Who am I to judge?"