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Pope admits abuse of nuns by priests

Pope Francis has admitted sexual abuse of nuns in the Catholic Church. "It is true, it is a Problem," he said on the return flight from Abu Dhabi to Rome on Tuesday.

"I know that priests and bishops have done this. And I think it is still done," he said to a question, what do the Vatican on sexual abuse of religious sisters. It concern some cultures or religious communities more than others. "It is not a thing."

The Vatican have been working for a long time on the Problem, the Pope. Some women's religious communities had been disbanded, some of the clergy had been suspended "" and "sent away". He added: "we Need to do more (against the Problem)? Yes. We want to make more? Yes."

Francis praises Benedict

He spoke to a case of a community from the past, in which women "like slaves" treated. It had gone up to the "sexual slavery" by the cleric and the founder of the community, Francis.

The former Pope was Benedict "very brave" and I have this community to a lot of powerful opposition immediately resolved after he took office. To which community he was referring to, not the Pope said at the press conference on the plane.

The maltreatment of women is a General Problem. "The woman is second-class," said Francis. "It is a cultural Problem. (...) There are countries where the abuse of women goes up to the murder of a Woman."

girl makes in front of the papal mass for excitement

well over a hundred thousand people, the historical trade fair visit at the football stadium in Abu Dhabi. The Security has their hands full.

Pope Francis has celebrated with 130'000 believers in his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates. Catholics from across the Region came together on Tuesday in the stadium of the Said Sports City in Abu Dhabi.

The crowd cheered the Pontiff as he rode the popemobile through the crowd. It is the largest Christian mass ever celebrated in the Arabian Peninsula. According to the local Church up to 180'000 people in the stadium and outside the Party pursued.

never before has a Catholic leader was visiting on the Arabian Peninsula, which is regarded as the cradle of Islam. Came to the exhibition of 100 different nationalities, and around 4000 Muslims, according to the organizer Catholics. Waving flags of the Vatican, and held posters.

During the travel with the popemobile, a girl from the crowd ran up to the Pope, to give him a paper, perhaps a picture or a letter. After security guards tried to stop them, stopped the Pope, however, and turned to the girl.

to Around one Million Catholics

About 80 percent of the population of the Emirates are guest workers. Most of the Catholics of approximately one Million Catholics will come from Asia, such as India or the Philippines. They had been brought in more than 2000 buses from across the country to Abu Dhabi.

"For you, it is certainly not easy to live far away from home and to feel, perhaps, about the Lack of Affection of your loved one, the uncertainty of the future," the Pope said in his homily. "You're a choir that spans a diversity of Nations, languages, and rites," the Pope said.

first visit of a Pope

Francis arrived on Sunday evening for his historic visit to the Emirates. He is the first head of the Catholic Church, the Arab visited the Peninsula and the cradle of Islam.

The United Arab Emirates are considered to be relatively liberal. You have chosen 2019 as the "year of tolerance", but also because of the suppression of dissenters in the criticism.

In contrast to other Arab States, such as the ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, there are Christian churches, public fairs, however, are frowned upon. The Pope in Abu Dhabi was allowed to celebrate mass under the open sky, is considered to be the exception.

The dialogue with Islam is one for Francis, one of the priorities of his pontificate. After the mass, the Pope broke back to Rome. His next foreign trip will be to the end of March to Morocco, where Islam is the state religion. (nag/sda)

Created: 05.02.2019, 16:16 PM

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