Pope Francis has addressed the world youth day in Panama for the first time the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church – and the suffering of young victims complained.

The Pontiff said on Friday evening (local time) in front of tens of thousands of believers at an address in Panama city that young people “fall into the nets of unscrupulous people,” which Church are people. He urged to support the people, “have not been silent and will not remain silent in the face of a culture of mistreatment and abuse”, and to help those who fought for the protection against abuse. The sexual abuse of children and young people has shaken the Church for some time in several countries – also in Germany.

Pope Francis lamented in his speech, in addition, the violence against women, an increasingly consumer-oriented society, environmental pollution and the rejection of migrants in many countries. It was absurd and irresponsible “to identify each migrant with the Bearer of social Evil”.

With a view to the issue of abortion, the Pope spoke of “the stifled cry of children, and prevents, to be born”. One of the young believers was on the stage even more clearly. “There is a grave, denounces the sky screams and the terrible cruelty of humanity: It is the grave, which arises in the abdomen of their mothers, from an innocent life is snatched away,” he said in the context of a so-called way of the cross, the young people committed in the presence of the Pope, and to the suffering of Christ reminds.

Friday was total in the character of suffering: Pope Francis had in the Morning (local time) in a youth custody near the Panama prison in hit-city juvenile offenders and some of them, the confession is removed. When he was a young man of his life reported, was stirred to the head of the Church visibly.

Shortly before the end of the world’s largest Catholics meeting wants to hold Francis for a prayer vigil with young believers. To begin, the traditional act on Saturday at 18.30 local time (00.30 CET).

the world youth days held every two to three years. In changing locations, Catholic young people from all over the world get together to celebrate their Faith. The current world youth day in Panama city lasts until Sunday and is after the events in Buenos Aires (1987) and Rio de Janeiro (2013) the third in Latin America.

The number of pilgrims has been corrected by the organizers several times down, now the talk is of around 86,000. From Germany 2300 pilgrims are spot on. In the major events with Pope Francis a lot more people – are, however, not as pilgrims have to register as a spectator.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.