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Us capital without archbishop

Us capital without archbishop

Cardinal Donald William Wuerl (l.) © Paul Haring (KNA)

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Wuerl had come under criticism in connection with the recent report on abuse cases in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.

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Bishops follow up

The German Bishops' Conference on Tuesday published a handout on the "Prevention of sexualized violence in the area of youth pastoral care". It is intended to supplement the "Framework for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Minors in the Area of the German Bishops' Conference," which was adopted in September 2010.

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Warning against moral neglect

Warning against moral neglect

Swearing-in of Father Stefan Oster © dpa

Warning against moral neglect

Father Oster and Prime Minister Seehofer © KNA

Father Stefan Oster, appointed bishop of Passau, denounced the mass consumption of pornography and depictions of violence during his swearing-in ceremony for the Bavarian catching. As a youth pastor, he has encountered this practice again and again and is very concerned about it.

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Ritual change on holy thursday

Pope Francis washing feet Holy Thursday 2015 © Osservatore Romano (KNA)

Pope Francis has opened a symbolic ritual of the Catholic Church to women for the first time this year. They are now officially admitted to the washing of feet at the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday.