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Caption: Pope Francis waves as he leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 17. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Pope Francis waves as he leaves his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 17. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Pope names second abuse survivor, global experts to protection panel

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis expanded his papal commission on child protection to include a second survivor of abuse and more experts from around the world.

The Commission for the Protection of Minors, which Pope Francis established one year ago, adds four more women and four men from five continents to the now-17-member body.
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Caption: Cuban President Fidel Castro speaks with Pope John Paul II in Havana in 1998, a visit the Polish pontiff used to appeal for greater religious rights. His successor, Pope Francis, welcomed the Dec. 17 announcement that the United States and Cuba would normalize relations. (CNS file/Reuters)
Cuban President Fidel Castro speaks with Pope John Paul II in Havana in 1998, a visit the Polish pontiff used to appeal for greater religious rights. His successor, Pope Francis, welcomed the Dec. 17 announcement that the United States and Cuba would normalize relations. (CNS file/Reuters)
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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 44, No. 29 (Dec. 18, 2014):

-- On the last day of a three-day visit to Turkey, Pope Francis attends a Divine Liturgy in the Orthodox patriarchal cathedral where he says full communion between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches would not mean "submission of one to the other or assimilation."

-- Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sign a joint declaration expressing their hopes for full communion and highlighting the violence against Christians in the Middle East.

-- Pope Francis meets with a group of young refugees from civil wars in Syria and Iraq.

-- Pope Francis, speaking to reporters on the plane returning him to Rome, urges political and religious leaders across the Muslim word to condemn violence done in the name of Islam. He also talks about the recent synod of the family and relations with the Russian Orthodox.

-- Pope Francis issues an apostolic letter outlining the aims, expectations and horizons of the church's observance of a year dedicated to consecrated life. The year began Nov. 30.


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