In this extended edition of Perspectives Daily, we continue with our highlight coverage of the Vatican's Summit on the Protection of Minors in the Church.
This morning, the pope addressed the entire assembly and reminded the bishops that “what the holy people of God are awaiting from us, is not simple, predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective measures to stop abuse”.
Here are the stories that we bring you on today's episode of Perspectives Daily:
- The Holy Father has some stirring words for the bishops at the opening of the Summit on the Protection of Minors.
- Both Cardinal Tagle and Archbishop Charles Scicluna set the sage for the summit meetings with opening remarks in the synod hall.
- At the daily press briefings, summit moderator, Fr. Federico Lombardi, discusses the “21 Points” that the pope presented to participants as a road map for their discussions.
- Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet shares with us his personal hopes for this meeting.
- Here in Canada, Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, the Former Master of the Order of Preachers, offers some thoughts about how we as a church, should deal with the abuse crisis.
In addition to those, here are some of the latest Catholic news stories from around the world making headlines today:
- Illinois doctor: Newman miracle depositions were ‘spiritual experiences’. When the Vatican announced Feb. 15 that Pope Francis had signed a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Henry Newman, clearing the way for his canonization, there was rejoicing in Chicago.
- Augustus Tolton one step closer to being first black American saint. A Vatican committee has unanimously voted to send the sainthood cause of Father Augustus Tolton, a former runaway slave and the first African American priest in the United States, to the next stage.
- Survivors expose 'cancer' of clerical sex abuse at summit. "Every time I refused to have sex with him, he would beat me," an abuse survivor from Africa told Pope Francis and bishops attending the Vatican summit on child protection and the abuse crisis.
- 3,000 Catholics remember South Korea’s first cardinal. Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan helped guide the nation through dark era of military dictatorship.
- Leading Ghana bishop says child sex abuse ‘very, very minimal’ in Africa.
- Archbishop Martin offers message to abuse victims. Archbishop Eamon Martin, the President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, has offered a message to survivors and victims of abuse asking for forgiveness and ensuring that Church activities are as safe as possible for children and vulnerable people.
That's it for today. Be sure to check in with us again tomorrow for more of the latest Catholic news and stories that you need to know.
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