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Pope wants bishops to take responsibility for abuse scandal

Pope wants bishops to take responsibility for abuse scandal

Children have a right to be brought up in the Christian faith, Pope Francis said. The objective of the meeting is "to discern together, in the presence of God, the responsibility of all and each one in these devastating injuries, as well as to study appropriate and lasting changes that would prevent the repetition of these always reprehensible acts", the statement said. He also explained the meaning of the baptismal candle, lit from the Paschal candle.

The Pope noted that right from the first centuries of Christianity, it became a tradition to dress those who had received the waters of Baptism in a new, white clothes to symbolise the new and transfigured life received through Christ and the Holy Spirit. This week, he said that young people were too caught up in a world of technology and separated from human contact, expressing his concern that many would only "live in the virtual world".

Pope Francis (L) embraces his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI in March 2013.

"We need to pray more for peace and our conversion and for all", said Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the patriarchate, or diocese.

A year later, Francis described it as a "beautiful gesture of nobility, of humility and courage", and that it "cleared a path for later popes to do the same", the Catholic news service Crux reported. "Once again we are forced by circumstances to plead and cry out for justice and peace!" "I repeat that the use of violence can never lead to peace", he said, stressing that "war begets war, violence begets violence".

"I express my great sorrow for the dead and wounded and with prayer and affection I am close to all who suffer.". "War begets war and violence begets violence".

Francis, who visited Israel and Palestinian territories in 2014, asked both sides and the global community to redouble efforts "so that dialogue, justice and peace prevail". At the end of this plea, he prayed a Hail Mary with all the pilgrims for this intention.