IMAGE: CNS photo/Chaz Muth By Rhina Guidos PANAMA CITY (CNS) — As Pope Francis was arriving in Panama Jan. 23, bishops from the United States wasted no time addressing the sex abuse scandal back home during a popular event aimed at American and other English-speaking World Youth Day pilgrims. "It’s

IMAGE: CNS photo/Chaz Muth By Rhina Guidos PANAMA CITY (CNS) — One thing is clear about World Youth Day 2019: This one is not focused on convening great masses of people, or the most influential or the loudest. Instead of highlighting the problems faced by youth in the world’s richest

IMAGE: CNS photo/Vatican Media By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While the Swiss Guard’s halberds and uniforms have remained largely unchanged over the centuries, its ceremonial helmets are now a product of 21st-century technology. The four-pound, hand-forged metal helmet has been replaced with new lightweight headgear. Still crafted in

IMAGE: CNS photo/Remo Casilli, Reuters By Junno Arocho Esteves ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO PANAMA (CNS) — While speaking to a journalist aboard his flight to Panama, Pope Francis confirmed that he will visit Japan this year. Greeting members of the press aboard the flight Jan. 23, the pope was

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