While the church has a vast body of members, the pandemic is leaving one of the oldest religious institutions in financial limbo.
Because of Covid-19 lockdowns in place throughout the world, many believers are told to practice social distancing and stay at home if possible, including during Good Friday.
George Pell was convicted by a jury in December 2018 on one charge of sexual penetration of a child under 16 and four charges of an indecent act with a child under 16.
Speaking at his weekly blessing, delivered from the official papal library instead of St. Peter's Square because of the lockdown in Italy, Francis specifically mentioned the appeal Guterres made in a virtual news conference on Monday.
150 etchings, woodcuts, aquatints, lithographs and other types of 20th century graphic art are being shown in the light of day - many for the first time - at the Braccio Carlo Magno exhibition hall off St. Peter's Square.
The incident caused Pope Francis to be late to his weekly Angelus prayer.
China's roughly 12 million Catholics have for decades been split between a government-run association, whose clergy were chosen by the atheist Communist Party, and an unofficial underground church loyal to the Vatican.
From two devastating mass shootings in the US to continued protests in Hong Kong, here are some of the top images from the weekend.
The papal decree sets time limits for local investigations and the Vatican's response to them and allows for retroactive reporting. It also raises to 18 from 16 the age of adulthood in cases of sexual abuse.
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.
Australia's Cardinal George Pell, a former top adviser to Catholic Pope Francis, was remanded into custody on Wednesday after a sentence plea hearing on his conviction for sexually abusing two choirboys more than two decades ago.
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.
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