Chilean priests say they felt welcomed, listened to by pope

Posted June 8, 2018 at 7:00 am

VATICAN CITY (CNS)  – After meeting with Pope Francis for more than four hours, a Chilean priest who suffered abuse and a priest whom ministers to survivors said they felt comforted and hopeful for the church’s future in their country.

The pope met June 2 with five priests who the Vatican described as being “victims of abuses of power, of conscience and of sexual abuse.”

Two priests who have accompanied the survivors “in their juridical and spiritual journey” and “two laypeople involved in this suffering” also were invited by Pope Francis. They were all guests at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Vatican residence where Pope Francis lives.

Speaking to journalists after the groups’ final meeting with the pope June 2, Father Francisco Astaburuaga Ossa, who has accompanied survivors of abuse, said the pope asked forgiveness for the abuse and subsequent cover-ups committed by

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    “We want to announce that all bishops present in Rome, in writing, have placed our positions in the Holy Father’s hands so that he may freely decide regarding each one of us,” Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo said May 18 in a statement on behalf of the country’s bishops.

    The unprecedented decision was made on the final day of their meeting May 15-17 with Pope Francis.

    Auxiliary Bishop Fernando Ramos Perez of

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    “I am deeply disturbed by the current world situation, in which, despite the instruments available to international community, it struggles to agree on joint action in favor of peace in Syria and other regions of the world,” he said after praying the “Regina Coeli” with people gathered in St. Peter’s Square April 15.

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    Franciscan Father John Puodziunas said he didn’t like it at first.

    In addition to Mary and Joseph – baby Jesus will appear only on Christmas – the scene includes figures of people who illustrate

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    “After this magisterium, after this long journey, we can affirm with certainty and magisterial authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible,” Pope Francis told participants in Italy’s National Liturgical Week.

    The pope’s speech to the 800 participants Aug. 24 was the longest and most systematic talk he

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    Pope says he has doubts about Medjugorje

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    Asked May 13 about the authenticity of the Marian apparitions, which reportedly began in 1981, the pope referred to the findings of a commission chaired by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the retired

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    A tender gaze: Fatima trip shows pope’s respect for pilgrims’ faith

    VATICAN CITY – (CNS) Pope Francis is not shy about showing his love for Mary in public and, like many Latin American bishops, he strongly has resisted attempts to dismiss as superstitious or “simple,” in a negative sense, popular devotion to the mother of God.

    The pope’s devotion and his respect for those who turn to Mary in their hour of need was on display May 12-13 when he and some 500,000 people gathered at the Shrine of Our

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    The atmosphere at the beginning was formal and a bit stiff. However, the mood lightened when Pope Francis met the first lady,

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    A student shows Pope Francis a lesson on the environment during his visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School in the East Harlem area of New York Sept. 25.

     

    Pope Francis blesses a prisoner as he visits the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia Sept. 27. Photos by CNS

     

    Nuns lean out to see Pope Francis as he greets and blesses seminarians, novices and other guests inside the Basilica of

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    Pope Francis says good priests bring joy, comfort to those in need

    By Carol Glatz

    Catholic News Service

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis called on the world’s priests to bring the healing power of God’s grace to everyone in need, to stay close to the marginalized and to be “shepherds living with the smell of the sheep.”

    Pope Francis breathes over chrism oil, a gesture symbolizing the infusion of the Holy Spirit, during the Holy Thursday chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican March 28. Photo by Paul Haring | CNS

     

    Those priests “who do not go out of themselves” by being mediators between God and men can “gradually

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