Retreat with papal preacher

Retreat with papal preacher

The request comes from Pope Francis: The U.S. Catholic bishops will convene for a spiritual retreat starting this Wednesday against the backdrop of the abuse scandal. The papal preacher takes the lead.

Until next Tuesday (8. January), the senior shepherds will retreat to a seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago to reflect on the causes and consequences of sexual abuse by clergy at the request of Pope Francis. The retreats are led by the papal preacher, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa.

Time for prayer, fasting and spiritual talks

According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, more than 200 of the total of 271 active and 185 emeritus bishops want to participate. A discussion about abuse investigations is not planned, said a spokeswoman of the archdiocese of Chicago according to media reports at the end of December. The meeting at Mundelein Seminary north of Chicago is "strictly a time for prayer, fasting and spiritual talks".

For the 21. to 24. February, Pope Francis convened the leaders of bishops' conferences around the world to the Vatican to discuss consequences of the abuse scandal.

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