Vatican responds to Pennsylvania grand jury report, says Pope is on the side of the victims (Vatican News) “The abuses described in the report are criminal and morally reprehensible,” said Greg Burke, director of the Holy See Press Office. “The Church must learn hard lessons from its past, and there should be accountability for both abusers and those who permitted abuse to occur ... Victims should know that the Pope is on their side. Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent.”
USCCB president: we are 'shamed and sorry' for sins of priests and bishops (USCCB) Reacting to the landmark grand jury report on the sexual abuse of minors in six Pennsylvania dioceses, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, joined by a USCCB committee chairman, said that “we are grateful for the courage of the people who aided the investigation by sharing their personal stories of abuse. As a body of bishops, we are shamed by and sorry for the sins and omissions by Catholic priests and Catholic bishops.”
Ecumenical Patriarch: we desire 'with all our heart' the restoration of Ukrainian Orthodox unity (Ecumenical Patriarchate) Ukraine’s Orthodox faithful are divided into the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate), and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Only the first is canonically recognized by other Orthodox churches; the second body is the largest of the three. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, who holds a primacy of honor in Eastern Orthodoxy, made his remarks in a message to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada, which is under his jurisdiction.
Pope appoints Venezuelan prelate as Sostituto (Vatican Press Office (Italian)) The Sostituto (officially, the Substitute for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State) coordinates the internal affairs of the Roman Curia and reports to Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State. Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, a 58-year-old Venezuelan prelate, has served as apostolic nuncio to Pakistan (2011-2015) and Mozambique (since 2015). The former Sostituto, Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, was appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.