The conclave to pick the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics will start next week. The Vatican has decided that's the day when the church's top clergy begin a conclave to pick a new pontiff. They'll meet at Rome's Sisteen Chapel.
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.
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."
Archbishop Carlo Vigano has launched a fresh attack on Pope Francis, urging him to resign. The accusation came as the pope concluded his trip to Ireland, where he begged for forgiveness for decades of Catholic abuse.
The pope has called for an end to plastic pollution of the oceans and universal access to drinking water. This adds to his eco-friendly profile, but claims of an inadequate response to pedophilia accusations still swirl.
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