The Holy Father’s request comes shortly after the laicization of Theodore McCarrick, the former cardinal-archbishop of Washington, D.C. found guilty of sexually abusing adults and minors by the Vatican.
He will prepare for a papal conclave and manage the Holy See in the period between a pope’s death/renunciation and election of a new pope.
The Holy Father reflected on his Feb. 3-5 journey at his Feb. 6 general audience.
A petition to overturn last year’s acquittal of blasphemy charges against the Catholic wife and mother was dismissed Tuesday.
An Austrian priest and theologian has resigned from his position but maintains his innocence.
At the end of the Mass, it was announced that the next international youth gathering will be in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2022.
Meeting with them in Panama, the Holy Father advised, ‘It is important, brothers, that we not be afraid to draw near and touch the wounds of our people, which are our wounds too.’
Pope Francis, who is traveling to Panama City for World Youth Day, discussed upcoming trips with the media Jan. 23.
The Holy Father reflected Jan. 6 on the Wise Men, who, bearing gifts, came to see the Child Jesus in Bethlehem.