1. German archbishop pushes reform after criticism over abuse, By Geir Moulson, Associated Press, January 27, 2022, 7:54 AM The archbishop of Munich said Thursday that the Catholic church needs deep reform to overcome the “disaster” of sexual abuse and made clear that he intends to stay in his job, after a report faulted him and predecessors including retired Pope Benedict XVI for their handling of abuse allegations and cases in Germany. Cardinal Reinhard Marx last year offered to resign over the church’s abuse scandal, an extraordinary gesture at the time which was rejected swiftly by Pope Francis. Marx, a prominent reformist ally of the pontiff, was faulted over his handling of two cases in the report commissioned by his archdiocese from a Munich law firm. He told a news conference a week after the report’s release that he will look over those cases “to learn from them.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/german-archbishop-pushes-reform-after-criticism-over-abuse/2022/01/27/49efb038-7f70-11ec-8cc8-b696564ba796_story.html___________________________________________________________ 2. Report: Pope Francis plans 2-day visit to Malta in April, By Catholic News Agency, January 27, 2022, 2:20 AM Pope Francis intends to make a two-day visit to Malta in April, according to a local newspaper. The Times of Malta reported on Jan. 25 that the Vatican had informed the government and Church leaders that the pope would visit the country on April 2-3.The Vatican has not confirmed the report. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/250231/report-pope-francis-plans-2-day-visit-to-malta-in-april___________________________________________________________ 3. Religious diversity should not be a source of division, Iraqi cardinal says, By Elise Ann Allen, Crux, January 27, 2022 One of Iraq’s leading Catholic prelates has said the quest for unity among Christians should not focus on the pursuit of uniformity but should rather embrace the diversity of the various rites and traditions in Catholicism. These varying rites and customs, he said, should not be sources of division, but opportunities to understand and respect the rich diversity of the global Christian community. https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-middle-east/2022/01/religious-diversity-should-not-be-a-source-of-division-iraqi-cardinal-says___________________________________________________________ 4. Pope urges parents to ‘never condemn’ their gay children, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, January 26, 2022, 10:58 AM Pope Francis urged parents on Wednesday not to condemn their children if they are gay, in his latest gesture of outreach to the LGBTQ community which has long been marginalized by the Catholic hierarchy. Francis spoke off the cuff during his weekly Wednesday general audience dedicated to the figure of St. Joseph, the father of Jesus. Francis said he was thinking in particular about parents who are confronted with “sad” situations in their children’s lives. Citing parents who have to cope with children who are sick, imprisoned or who get killed in car accidents, Francis added: “Parents who see that their children have different sexual orientations, how they manage that and accompany their children and not hide behind a condemning attitude.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/pope-urges-parents-to-accompany-not-condemn-gay-children/2022/01/26/6000fbb8-7eba-11ec-8cc8-b696564ba796_story.html___________________________________________________________

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