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Meeting pope, Irish prelates discuss ministry of bishop, abuse scandal

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Vatican City -- According to bishops at the meeting, the Irish bishops and Pope Francis discussed: the ministry of a bishop, clerical sexual abuse, women in the church, new ways to engage young people, the changing status of the church in society, Catholic schools and methods for handing on the faith,

Meeting pope, Irish prelates discuss ministry of bishop, abuse scandal

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Pope Francis meets with Irish bishops Jan. 20: Telling the bishops of Ireland that he wanted to hear their questions, concerns and even criticisms, Pope Francis spent almost two hours in conversation with them. In the continuing evolution of the "ad limina" visits bishops are required to make to the Vatican, Pope Francis met Jan. 20 with 26 Irish bishops and set aside a practice that began with Pope Benedict XVI: writing a speech to the group, but handing the text to them instead of reading it.

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