Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, the first to visit and hold papal mass in the Arabian Peninsula, and the first pope from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III, who reigned in the 8th century.
Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago is one of Pope Francis' trusted allies in the U.S. and helped organize the summit on church sex abuse. He hopes it will be seen as a "turning point." Nikki Battiste.. CBS News - Published
Pope Francis opened the historic Vatican summit on preventing church sex abuse Thursday by saying words are not enough. He proposed a number of ways to punish predators and keep children safe. Seth.. CBS News - Published
Pope Francis opened a landmark Vatican conference on the sexual abuse of children by priests on Thursday by saying the Church would "listen to the cry of the little ones seeking justice". Gracie Jerome..
Pope Francis will convene the Church's first conference solely about sex abuse this week. But victims and activists fear it won't touch senior clerics who cover up the crimes. Philip Pullella and Lucy..
Pope Francis, referring to the words of saint Padre Pio, said that in order to love the Church mistakes should be corrected, but that those who spend their lives accusing the Church are friends of the..
Three former Chilean nuns who claim to have been sexually abused over two decades ago by priests in their religious order have hailed comments by Pope Francis earlier this month in which he recognized..
Vatican officials will meet next week to decide what they will do about former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who has been accused of sexual abuse. Reuters reports Vatican sources told Reuters last..
Pope Francis announced that he's committed to stopping the abuse of nuns by priests and bishops. The Pope made this announcement on the plane returning from Abu Dhabi, says Reuters. Recently, more nuns..
Tens of thousands of Catholics and several thousand Muslims attended an unprecedented public celebration of Mass by Pope Francis on Tuesday, the first pontiff in history to visit the Arabian Peninsula...
Pope Francis opened a historic summit at the Vatican on sex abuse in the Catholic church by demanding action to confront the global scandal. CBS News foreign correspondent Seth Doane anchors CBSN's.. CBS News - Published
As Pope Francis holds a summit on clergy sex abuse at the Vatican, survivors are demanding accountability and transparency from church leaders and assert that the time of sex abuse cover-ups is over... USATODAY.com - Published
An unprecedented four-day conference focusing on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is underway. In his opening remarks, Pope Francis told the meeting: "Listen to the cries of the young who want.. CBS News - Published
Pope Francis warned church leaders summoned Thursday to a landmark sex abuse prevention summit that the Catholic faithful are demanding more than just condemnation of the crimes of priests but concrete.. USATODAY.com - Published
A group of sexual abuse survivors met with top Catholic officials at the Vatican on Wednesday. Their meeting comes one day before Pope Francis hosts a summit with church leaders. Nikki Battiste.. CBS News - Published
Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults,.. USATODAY.com - Published
CBS News correspondent Seth Doane is at the Vatican just days before the sexual abuse summit is set to begin. The Vatican is already facing several scandals, including reports of priests hiding their.. CBS News - Published
Pope Francis is summoning more than 100 bishops from across the world for an unprecedented summit on preventing clergy sex abuse. The Vatican hopes Thursday's meeting will be a turning point in efforts.. CBS News - Published
Pope Francis has dismissed former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from priesthood after Vatican officials found him guilty of sexual abuse crimes against minors and adults. Kurt Martens, a professor.. CBS News - Published