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PANAMA CITY – While sharing a private lunch with pilgrims from around the world, Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy and emphasized the need for unity and prayer, a U.S. pilgrim…
January 26, 2019

Church wounded by sin causes doubt in our mission, Pope Francis tells Panama clergy, laity

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PANAMA CITY – A church wounded by sin can paralyze, confuse and tire the hearts of Catholic clergy and laypeople, causing them to doubt their mission in the modern world, Pope Francis said.
January 26, 2019

At Way of the Cross, Pope reflects on suffering of abuse victims, indigenous peoples, the forgotten

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PANAMA CITY – The path walked by Jesus to his passion and death on the cross is the same path of indifference and marginalization taken by those who suffer in the world today, Pope Francis said.
January 26, 2019

Jean Ko Din in Panama: Our pilgrimage to the bathrooms at Cinta Costera

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World Youth Day pilgrims can tell you many stories about the adventures we all had at Cinta Costera these last few days but none are more harrowing than my adventure to find a bathroom.
January 26, 2019

Pilgrim's diary: An exercise in unity

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PANAMA CITY – Friday was one of the best days so far.
January 25, 2019

'Each of us is more than our labels', Pope tells young detainees in Panama

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PANAMA CITY – Just like the Pharisees, many today shun Jesus' merciful love toward sinners and prefer to use labels that stigmatize a person's past, present and future, Pope Francis said.
January 25, 2019

Mosque offers free water to World Youth Day pilgrims

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PANAMA CITY – Thousands of World Youth Day pilgrims stopped by the Jama Mosque Jan. 24 en route to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis.
January 25, 2019

Keep God's love alive, Pope Francis tells WYD pilgrims

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PANAMA CITY — Young men and women in the Church can bring the joy of the Gospel to the world by showing that God's love extends to all people and excludes no one, Pope Francis said.
January 24, 2019

Stay close to people's suffering, Pope Francis tells Central American bishops

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PANAMA CITY, Panama – At World Youth Day Thursday, Pope Francis told the bishops of Central America to be close to the people, and to let their wounds and suffering be the drive behind the bishops’ actions and priorities.
January 24, 2019

Bishops address sex abuse scandal with U.S. pilgrims

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PANAMA CITY – As Pope Francis was arriving in Panama Jan. 23, bishops from the United States wasted no time addressing the sex abuse scandal back home during a popular event aimed at American and other English-speaking World Youth Day…
January 24, 2019

Bring hope, peace to Central America, Pope tells Panamanian leaders

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PANAMA CITY, Panama – Panama's geographical position as a bridge between land and ocean is symbolic of its ability to broker peace and hope in an area marked by violence and conflict, Pope Francis said.