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Protection of Minors Commission set to host major conference in Warsaw

The Church in Central and Eastern Europe is coming together for a conference on the safeguarding of minors, which will take place in Warsaw, Poland, on 19-22 September.

The voices of the victims of clergy sexual abuse

Ewa Kusz, a member of the organizing committee for the regional conference on the protection of minors for Central and Eastern Europe taking place in Warsaw, gathers the voices of people who have been abused by priests.

A new outlook on confession, the sacrament of joy

At the center of forgiveness, there is God who embraces us, not the list of our sins and our humiliation.

Gifts of Youth: Better Than All Our Sophistications

In Paul’s First Letter to Timothy, we read, “Beloved, let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity. . . Do not neglect the gift you have” (1 Tim. 4:12, 14). It’s good advice for all of us, no matter what our age—most particularly, the adjuration not to neglect the gifts we have been given, however it may manifest: to preach, heal, cook, train, write, etc. Our gifts were never meant for ourselves alone, but for service to the Body of Christ, no matter what our ages. What has been gifted to us in youth may need to be seasoned, yes, but never ignored or put aside or outright stalled, because—as in the lives of Blessed Carlo Acutis and Blessed…

Pope to lay associations: Be aware of the Apostolic power you have

Pope Francis meets with the moderators of associations of the faithful, ecclesial movements and new communities and urges them to stay out on the existential peripheries, warning them of the danger of the desire for power.

Highlights of Pope Francis' visit to Budapest and Slovakia

A video roundup of Pope Francis' 34th Apostolic Journey, a 4-day visit which took him first to Budapest to close the 52nd Eucharistic Congress and then to Slovakia for a whirlwind tour to strengthen the faith of the EU nation's majority Catholic population.

Pope's visit to Slovakia helped strengthen faith

Following the Pope's visit to the Roma community in Slovakia, a Salesian priest who works in the area describes the effect the Holy Father's visit had on those living in the neighbourhood.

Pope: Abortion is murder, the Church must be close and compassionate, not political

Speaking to journalists on the return flight from Slovakia, Pope Francis talks about his dialogue with Hungarian authorities, anti-Semitism, and vaccines, as well as Holy Communion for politicians who approve abortion laws.

Pope Francis thanks Mary for visit to Budapest and Slovakia

Pope Francis returns to the Vatican following his Apostolic Visit to Budapest and Slovakia, stopping at St. Mary Major’s to thank Our Lady for her protection.

Fr. Kramara: Pope leaves Slovaks with beautiful stimuli for reflection

Spokesperson for the Bishops’ Conference of Slovakia, Fr. Martin Kramara, reflects on Pope Francis’ just-concluded Apostolic Visit to Slovakia, highlighting the joy of the country’s faithful and the encouragement the Holy Father’s presence brings.