Pope Francis extended his deep official apologies on behalf of the Catholic church for what he described as the “sins” and “offenses” that were done to indigenous peoples across the Americas.
The Comprehensive Agreement includes an official recognition by the Holy See of Palestine as a State in accordance with international law and on the basis of the 1967 borders as well as reinforcing new and unprecedented provisions related to the special status of Palestine as the birthplace of Christianity and as the cradle of monolithic religions.
While Pope Francis wins over Catholic hearts, the Vatican Bank is cashing in as per the Vatican’s first step towards financial transparency. According to the 100-paged document, the bank's balance sheet is $6.8 billion with some €769 million in equity alone, and its profit in 2012 more than quadrupled since its 2011 profit.
Pope Francis has said that next month he will meet with a group of eight cardinals to discuss the issue of divorced and remarried Catholics. The pope also referred to the scandals that have beset the Church, confirming that it is necessary to face the most serious problems with clarity, but without pessimism.
Pope Francis has said gay people should not be marginalized but integrated into society, in some of the most conciliatory remarks by a pontiff on the issue of homosexuality. However, regarding women priests, he said the Church door is closed.
Pope Francis warned Monday that the world risks having an entire generation of jobless young people as he arrived to Brazil. The 76-year-old Argentine, speaking to journalists aboard the papal plane heading to the Catholic youth event in Rio de Janeiro, said his trip aimed in part “to encourage young people to integrate into society” and convince the world not to abandon them.
Pope Francis has candidly revealed to thousands of Jesuit kids that he never wanted to be Pope and that he’s living in the Vatican hotel for ‘‘psychiatric reasons’’.