The Vatican is testifying in front of a UN committee investigating the abuse of children by Catholic priests. The church says it is addressing the problem, but the committee wants more cooperation.
Pope Francis says he mishandled a sex abuse scandal in Chile and summoned the country's bishops. To ask their forgiveness, he also invited victims whom he had once discredited to visit Rome.
Monsignor Carlo Capella once worked as a diplomat at the Vatican's embassy in Washington. He was recalled last year after the US State Department said he may have violated child pornography laws.
Abductions in the Democratic Republic of Congo are not uncommon. But the kidnapping of priests as a way of extorting money from the community is a growing concern for the African nation.
Much admired, but also criticized, Pope Francis has been in office for five years now. He has already formed a legacy as a "pope of the people" — and has changed the church, says Christoph Strack.
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