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Pope issues rare apology over reported homophobic slur

Vatican City Reuters Pope Francis, widely quoted as having used a highly derogatory word to describe the LGBT community, did not intend to use homophobic language and apologises to anyone offended by it, the Vatican said on Tuesday. It is extremely rare for a pope to issue a public apology. Pope Francis attends the weekly […]

UK fast-tracks payments for blood scandal victims before full compensation

London, UK Reuters Britain said on Tuesday some victims of a contaminated blood scandal would receive interim payments of £210,000 each before a scheme to pay “comprehensive compensation” is up and running, ideally by the end of the year. More than 30,000 people contracted hepatitis and HIV from infected blood and blood products in the […]

Spain’s bishops apologise for sex abuses but dispute the estimated number of victims in report

The president of the Spanish Bishops Conference, Cardinal Juan Jose Omella, attends a press conference in Madrid, on Tuesday, 31st October 2023

Madrid, SpainAP Spain’s Catholic bishops on Monday apologized again for sex abuses committed by church members following a report by Spain’s Ombudsman that accused the church of widespread negligence. But the bishops dismissed as “a lie” media interpretations of the official report that put the number of victims involving the church in the hundreds of thousands. They […]

King apologises for Netherlands’ historic role in slavery

The Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander attends the National Remembrance Day of Slavery in the Oosterpark, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 1st July, 2023.

Amsterdam, The NetherlandsReuters Dutch King Willem-Alexander on Saturday apologised for the Netherlands’ historic involvement in slavery and the effects that it still has today. The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander attends the National Remembrance Day of Slavery in the Oosterpark, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 1st July, 2023. PICTURE: Remko de Waal/Pool via Reuters The King was speaking […]

Australia marks anniversary of ‘Stolen Generation’ apology; promises more funds

FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese attends the APEC Leader's Dialogue with APEC Business Advisory Council during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Bangkok, Thailand. Sakchai Lalit/Pool via REUTERS

Sydney, Australia Reuters Australia on Monday committed about $US300 million to improve life outcomes of its Aboriginal people, as the country marked 15 years since a national apology for forcibly removing Indigenous children from families under old assimilation policies. The government announced $A424 million would go towards “Closing the Gap”, which includes providing safe and […]

Church of England apologises to LGBTQI+ people for ‘shameful’ treatment

UK London Archbishop Justin Welby

London, UK Reuters Church of England bishops apologised to LGBTQI+ people on Friday for the rejection and hostility they have faced, with the Archbishop of Canterbury acknowledging that the religious body was still “very divided” on the subject. The apology comes days after the Church of England set out proposals developed by the bishops that showed it would refuse to allow same-sex […]

Church of England refuses to back same-sex marriage

UK London Archbishop Justin Welby

London, UKAP The Church of England said Wednesday it will allow blessings for same-sex, civil marriages for the first time but same-sex couples still will not be allowed to marry in its churches. The decision followed five years of debate and consultation on the church’s position on sexuality. It is expected to be outlined in […]

Five things you need to know from the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in the US

US Ohio Columbus Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide Assembly1

Columbus, Ohio, USRNS Watching backstage as more than 800 Lutherans sang hymns on the floor of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton mused, “We haven’t been singing like this for a long time together. “It’s really powerful.” The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide Assembly meets at the Greater Columbus Convention Center […]

In the US, Lutheran bishop issues public apology to Latino congregation

ECLA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and Bishop Megan Rohrer 2021

United StatesAP Elizabeth A Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, issued a public apology Tuesday to members of a majority Latino immigrant congregation for the pain and trauma they endured after the predominantly white denomination’s first openly transgender bishop unexpectedly fired their pastor. Speaking during the 2022 Churchwide Assembly being held […]