France's President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild the Gothic monument within five years as pledges from French billionaires, businesses and the public sector to help reach some $790 million.
The spiritual leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics was invited by King Mohammed VI for the sake of “interreligious dialogue”, according to Moroccan authorities.
The mandatory reporting provision marks the first time the Vatican has put into law requirements for Catholic officials to report allegations of sex crimes to police or face fines and possible jail time.
Landmark Vatican summit on fighting child sex abuse concludes with Pope Francis announcing measures to tackle paedophilia in Catholic Church. But advocates for victims say Francis merely repeated old promises.
Victims demand absolute commitment from church and Pope Francis on zero tolerance for abusive clergy and those involved in the cover-up. The supreme pontiff has admitted some of his actions contributed to the problem.
The papal admission follows a rare outcry from the Vatican's women's magazine over the sexual abuse of nuns, leaving them feeling forced to have abortions or raise children not recognised by their priest fathers.
The UAE’s continuous crackdown on political activists shows that it might not be the open society that it's presenting to Pope Francis and the world
Pope Francis condemns all violence committed in God's name, seeks end to the war in Yemen, where the UAE plays a key role, during the first visit by a pope to the Arabian Peninsula.
In a first ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, Pope Francis will take part in an inter-religious conference and hold an open-air mass for tens of thousands of Catholics.
During his visit to Panama, Pope Francis also pledged support for "all efforts" to avoid further suffering in crisis-torn Venezuela and insisted public officials live simply, honestly and transparently.
"The abuse of minors is one of the vilest and most heinous crimes conceivable," the head of the global Catholic church said in his annual address to ambassadors to the Vatican.
"To those who abuse minors I would say this: convert and hand yourself over to human justice, and prepare for divine justice," Pope Francis said. His statement is the strongest yet on an issue testing the Church.
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