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Pope opens youth synod as confidence dips on abuse fallout

/ 05:45 PM October 03, 2018

Bishops attend a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis for the opening of a synod, a meeting of bishops, in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican on Oct. 3, 2018.  AP  

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is urging Catholic bishops to dream of a future free of the mistakes and sins of the past, as he opens a global gathering of church leaders amid renewed outrage over the priestly sex abuse and cover-up scandal.

Francis celebrated Mass Wednesday with the 200-plus priests, bishops and cardinals summoned to Rome for a monthlong meeting on proposing new ways to minister to today’s young Catholics.

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Francis choked up when he welcomed two Chinese bishops to the gathering: Their presence was made possible thanks to a landmark agreement with Beijing over bishop nominations.

The Oct. 3-28 synod opens under a cloud of new revelations of abuse and cover-up in the US, Chile, Germany and elsewhere that have sent confidence in Francis’ leadership to all-time lows among US Catholics. /ee

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