TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Pope encourages protection of children from abuse

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
By The Associated Press
Sunday, May 5, 2013, 9:48 a.m.
 

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is calling for courageous defense of children to protect them from abuse.

Francis made no mention of the church scandals in many countries in which clergy abused children and hierarchy covered up for them. At a Mass he celebrated Sunday in crowded St. Peter's Square, Francis said abuse victims are in his prayers.

He stressed that all must work with courage so that children, who are among the most vulnerable people, be always defended and protected.

Ignoring sometimes heavy rain, Francis toured the square in a popemobile, but left the vehicle to embrace disabled adults and children along his route.

In a surprise, he ventured beyond the Vatican's confines, riding the popemobile down a Rome boulevard to greet thousands of cheering faithful who couldn't fit in the square.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. PennDOT team decides what spells trouble on vehicle license plates
  2. Pirates get journeyman Ishikawa off waivers; outfielder Marte injured
  3. McIlroy, world’s No. 1 golfer, injures ankle playing soccer
  4. Fayette County man injured in WV fireworks mishap
  5. Alle-Kiski farmers: Crops weather heavy rain
  6. Alvarez homer triggers winning outburst for Pirates
  7. Woman shot at Kennywood Park in ‘freak accident’
  8. La Scuola d’Italia Galileo Galilei touts Pittsburgh’s Italian heritage
  9. Westmoreland County on pace to surpass record for drug-related fatalities
  10. ‘Iron Dog’ draws four-legged competitors from across the region
  11. Crane tips over, smashes into roof of building at Pitt