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Yearbook 2018

Vatican City. During the year, Pope Francis' heart issues such as climate and refugees came partially overshadowed by the pedophile crimes that have shaken the Catholic Church around the world for decades. Already during the first trip of the year, which went to Chile, the scandals became the main theme after long silence in the country. According to Countryaah.com, the Pope then summoned a number of Chilean bishops during the spring, some of whom had to resign as a result of what the Vatican called serious negligence in dealing with the crisis.

2018 Vatican City

The abuses of church men became the main theme even when the Pope visited the deeply Catholic Ireland, which was the first country where the allegations were made against the church decades ago. The Irish clearly showed their dissatisfaction with their church when, in a referendum in May, they voted by a clear majority to abolish the country's strict abortion rules after previously voting for same-sex marriage. Following the visit of Ireland and ever-new international scandals, the Pope has called the world's bishops to a crisis meeting in the Vatican early next year.

During the year Pope Francis introduced a pervasive reform by declaring that the Catholic Church condemns the death penalty in all circumstances. Previously, the Church had accepted the death penalty under certain conditions, but the Pope now made the total abandonment of the Church's doctrine, codified in the catechesis. The death penalty has always been one of the pope's priority issues alongside the protection of the climate and the well-being of refugees.

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