He will have a joyful welcome but a difficult task - to challenge negative values while enabling a more African Catholic church.
A specialist in Catholic liturgy and rituals explains that while several popes have been canonized, it is a long process that may take several years to examine and uncover any hidden flaws.
African Catholics are growing in number. They are also reinventing and reinterpreting Christianity.
Pell, often described as a conservative Catholic, was jailed for child sexual abuse in Australia in 2019 but maintained his innocence and was acquitted the following year.
Pope Benedict XVI led the Catholic Church at a crucial time and had to confront a growing sexual abuse scandal.
Catholics disagree over how to adapt the church’s doctrine and practices, especially marriage, to different cultures.
From the earliest years of Christianity, some people have been recognised as having lived exceptionally holy lives.
These crackdowns are occurring around the world in countries that are becoming less free because of what’s known as ‘democratic backsliding.’
A substantial majority were concerned about the prevalence of abuse, racism, and sexism in church contexts, and many raised issues relating to transparency and accountability.
Catholics, Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians recognize the authority of the ‘fathers’ to guide teaching on doctrinal issues.
Apologizing for people versus the establishment that upheld not only the Indian Residential Schools system but protected – and continues to protect — the people who committed the crimes is horrifying.
Whether this apology has truly advanced the goal of healing may become evident only in years and decades to come.
Residential schools and the papal bulls justifying the doctrine of discovery call out for concrete acts of atonement and reparation on the part of the church.
Pope Francis’ visit concerns all Canadians. It’s about our relationship to history and the construction of a state that marginalized Indigenous people and tried to assimilate them.
It is reasonable to expect that any apology from the Pope will be met with mixed responses.
Pope Francis and the Catholic Church must make a plan with Indigenous Peoples, not for us, in order to walk the path of reconciliation. Some initial suggestions of what a plan might include.
The fundamental issue at stake in abortion debates is personhood, which is viewed differently around the world, an anthropologist writes.
Many people do not realize they are delivering at a Catholic hospital, and others may not have a choice. But where one receives care has a profound impact on the birth control options they’re offered.
In the 1960s, the Catholic Church sought to downplay demonic possession, but its views since then have changed.
A scholar of constitutional law and American religious history explains how the abortion issue has been historically rooted in religious beliefs, giving a moral certainty that law cannot provide.