- Jul 9, 2020
The Baltics visit presents both challenges and opportunities for Pope Francis, but one thing is clear: clerical abuse and cover-up will not be left behind.
Pope Francis arrives Saturday in Ireland, ground zero of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse crisis, with the institution under fire across the globe for its systemic failures to protect children from priestly rapists or punish bishops who hid the crimes.
Belfast’s Catholic bishop says that while the faithful in Northern Ireland are disappointed the pope isn’t coming, there’s still palpable enthusiasm for the trip to Ireland.
Religious tensions in Northern Ireland are diminishing, but in a pub in one of the most Catholic neighborhoods in Belfast memories of past violence remain vivid.
Most people in Scotland consider themselves to be non-religious and increasing numbers of people raised as Christian are leaving the faith, according to the results of a survey published on Tuesday.
Cardinal John Dew of New Zealand said the bishops of the country “humbly acknowledge our shortcomings” after a new survey of religion in the island nation says only a third of the country identifies as Christian, down from 43 percent in 2013, and 49 percent in 2006.