Helena Alves is an author at Religion News Service.
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Pope announces World Youth Day to return to Asia in 2027, urges young people ‘not to be afraid’
By Helena Alves, Barry Hatton, and Nicole Winfield — August 7, 2023
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — News that Seoul, South Korea would host World Youth Day in 2027 was a reflection of the continent's increasing importance to the Catholic Church, given the church is young and growing there, whereas it is withering in traditionally Christian lands in Europe.
Pope gets an electrifying World Youth Day welcome and urges fighting for economic justice, climate
By Helena Alves, Barry Hatton, and Nicole Winfield — August 4, 2023
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The pope, who was hospitalized twice this year, had said he hoped to be “rejuvenated” by his five-day trip to Portugal, and it appeared as if the sun-baked crowd delivered.
One thing the pope won’t be able to ignore in Portugal is a legacy of clergy sex abuse
By Barry Hatton — July 28, 2023
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — During a live television broadcast, experts reported in February that at least 4,815 boys and girls had been abused since 1950, most aged 10-14.
Portuguese bishop says conscience clear about abuse claims
By Barry Hatton — October 12, 2022
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The head of the Portuguese Bishops Conference, Bishop José Ornelas, denied any wrongdoing or improper conduct in the cases dating from 2011 and 2014.
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