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Lawmakers in predominantly Roman Catholic Malta legalized same-sex marriage July 12, joining much of Western Europe. Only one lawmaker out of 67 in the Maltese Parliament voted against the legislation.
Under certain circumstances and after long prayer and a profound examination of conscience, some divorced and civilly remarried Catholics may return to the sacraments, said the bishops of Malta.
Members of the pope's commission for child protection have been speaking with bishops and major Vatican offices to develop and educate the church about best practices.
NCR Editorial: We hope that Pope Francis' new universal law to initiate a bishop's removal for negligent response to clergy sex abuse addresses the deficiency of accountability.