Pope appeals for peace in Holy Land, Middle East

Pope appeals for peace in Holy Land, Middle East

He added: "I think in particular of the meeting in the Vatican between Blessed Pope Paul VI and the Venerable Somdej Phra Wanaratana, whose portrait can be seen in the entrance of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, which you have visited in these days". "I believe we're making history".

The bishops - Fernando Ramos, auxiliary bishop of Santiago, and Juan Ignacio González of San Bernardo - said clerical sexual abuse is "unacceptable" and "intolerable", and is something they are committed to eradicating.

"[Sexual abuse] is always abuse".

The closed-door meetings aim to craft a response to the abuse crisis that rocked the Church in Chile, the Vatican said in a statement Tuesday.

In a May 14 press conference ahead of the 3-meeting, two Chilean bishops said they came to Rome with "pain and shame" given the magnitude of the abuse scandal in Chile. Errázuriz also sits on the pope's "C9" council of cardinal advisers. There are people in the parishes, he said, who might not know their catechism, but they see the basic interactions in their lives through a lens of faith and hope.

"I offer you a warm welcome and I thank you for the precious gift of your Sacred Book translated into today's language by the monks of Wat Pho Temple", Pope Francis told the group. Thirty-four Chilean Bishops were in attendance.

After Wednesday's session, the bishops will have two additional meetings on Thursday. In the process of identifying the "spiritual illnesses" of the diocese, the pope said, the priests and parish leaders made it clear that they are exhausted of being content with what they have been doing for years.

Pope Francis' cryptic comment Tuesday that he's thinking about when it's time to "take my leave" is raising speculation Francis could follow in the footsteps of his predecessor in retiring from the papacy.

The Chilean bishops arrived in Rome from late last week, and most are expected to leave during the weekend.

A year later, Francis described it as a "beautiful gesture of nobility, of humility and courage", and that it "cleared a path for later popes to do the same", the Catholic news service Crux reported.

Francis gave the bishops a text "with different themes for meditation".

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