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    “The conscience of the Church arrived a little late” on sexual abuse, the Pope Francis said during an audience at the Vatican, adding that sexual abuse a "sickness" and that there will be no pardon for abusers who were found guilty. Abuse survivor Marie Collins praised the pope's words, but stated that the 'Zero Tolerance' policy is "toothless" without accountability.

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    Meet the man who helped build the pope's brand on Twitter

    Spanish Catholic layman Gustavo Entrala, who created a successful digital marketing company and who's advised both Popes Benedict XVI and Francis about their use of Twitter, says that Francis has the most "consistent" and attractive brand among major world leaders today, in part because he's seen to embody his own message.

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    Myanmar Cardinal calls on international community not to abandon Aung San Suu Kyi

    Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, said it is important to remember that even if Aung San Suu Kyi’s perceptions of the Rohingya situation are incorrect, “her integrity and commitment are above suspicion...Her own lifetime sacrifice to resurrect from the ruins of junta misrule of sixty years is a great historic achievement,” the cardinal said. “In her fragile hands, she holds the dreams of millions of this country.”

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    • September 19, 2017

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  • Padre Pio’s relics continue to draw the masses
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    • September 20, 2017

    Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, said the words of Padre Pio – trust, pray, do not worry, do not be afraid – are almost a summary of the constant calm assurances of Jesus that we hear in the Gospel. The saints relics were in New York last weekend, before being taken to Milwaukee, Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta, and other locations over the next two months.

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    • September 19, 2017

    Cardinal Oswald Gracias, a member of the Council of Cardinals tasked with reforming the Vatican bureaucracy, says that more than anything, there is a change in mentality that’s needed, which will take longer than simply reforming the Vatican’s structures, he said, but said the group is “rather confident that it will happen because the pope is giving very effective leadership.”

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