The Vatican said it was treated unfairly in a child-sex abuse report issued this week by a United Nations panel, while reiterating it will continue to cooperate with the committee for the protection of minors.
Pope Francis ventured outside the Vatican’s walls to pray at a Roman basilica and pay his hotel bill the day after becoming the first Roman Catholic leader to hail from outside Europe in more than 1,200 years.
Pope Benedict XVI won’t interfere with the work of his successor when he becomes the first pontiff to resign in almost 600 years and will support the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church with his prayers, a Vatican spokesman said.
Pope Benedict XVI called on Christians to lead a life that’s “coherent” with their beliefs in his last public address before becoming the first Roman Catholic pontiff in six centuries to relinquish power.
The Vatican rejected as “old and totally unfounded” accusations that Pope Francis didn’t speak out enough against Argentina’s former military dictatorship and was complicit in the kidnapping and torture of two activist priests.