Good evening and welcome to Perspectives Daily. The event that struck most attention today was Pope Francis' formal apology to all victims of the Chilean Abuse cases, and in what he called, 'a serious mistake in judgment'. In a letter addressed yesterday to the Bishops of Chile, the Pope admitted to making serious mistakes in his assessment of the sexual abuse crisis' in the country, following a recent investigation into allegations of abuse cover-up by Bishop Juan Barros of Orsono.
The Holy Father said he was moved to write a letter after carefully reading the report delivered to him by the special envoys he had sent to Chile to investigate the allegations. After a careful reading of the testimonies, the Pope said, "I believe that all the testimonies collected speak in a brutal way of the many crucified lives. And I confess, it has caused me great pain and shame". "I ask forgiveness of all those I have offended, and I hope to do so personally in the coming weeks.". Reports also claim that several survivors have been invited to the Vatican to personally meet the Pope.
Pope Francis also promised to convene a meeting in Rome amidst Chilean bishop, in order to discuss the results and data of the investigation. He also wishes to discuss his own conclusions, followed by short and long-term steps to ensure that such abuse never happens again.
Following the Popes apology, the Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will preside over a consistory in order to approve several upcoming canonizations. Scheduled for May 19th, a meeting of cardinals, and the promoters of the sainthood causes, will most likely confirm the canonization dates of Blesseds Paul 6th and Oscar Romero. While no date has been formally announced for Paul 6th’s Canonization, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Parolin, did say that Blessed Paul's canonization will take place at the end of the Synod of Bishops, this October. Of course, we will keep you posted as details become available.
Onto the pro-life front, a new Amnesty International report is showing a decline in capital punishment around the world. The human rights group have said that, 'the number of reported executions has dropped reflecting a consensus on the Pope’s teaching that, "the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the dignity of the person.'
State sponsored executions are declining in most regions of the world, and the number of reported uses of the death penalty dropped to its lowest level last year. These encouraging reports show that the 993 recorded executions in 23 countries last year has now decreased by 4 percent from 2016, and by 39 percent, from 2015.
Now it isn’t just Amnesty International reporting the same trend. The Pew Research has also found the same declining support for the Death Penalty.
And of course, you can read the entire Amnesty International the report on their website here.
That is all that we have time for today. Join us again Monday, when I bring you more news and stories from the Perspectives of a Catholic Lens.
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