Gays and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited deserve an apology, said Pope Francis. They must be "respected, pastorally accompanied," he said.
As he starts his tour of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the pontiff will find people here skeptical of his criticism of global markets, but more positive about the church than Western Europeans, writes Konstantin Eggert.
Facing growing outrage over the Catholic Church's cover-up of child sex abuse, the pope vowed action during his trip to Ireland. Abuse survivors weren't buying it, with one telling DW the pope's response was "toothless."
In what could be the first event of its kind, the Vatican is set to discuss the sexual abuse scandals that have plagued it for so many years. Pressure has been mounting on Pope Francis to take action.
A study by the German Bishops Conference on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is a good thing, but not good enough. There must be consequences and the clergy must be honest, says DW's Christoph Strack.
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