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Pope Francis prays at St. Mary's Cathedral in Dublin. Photo: Stefano Rellandini/AFP/Getty Images
Pope Francis spent much of his visit to Ireland over the weekend seeking forgiveness — for those guilty of “abuses of power” and “sexual abuses,” and for “some members of the hierarchy” who knew of the abuses and did nothing.
The Vatican’s former ambassador to Washington claims the pope falls into that second category.
Responses to the letter have varied widely, as the Wall Street Journal notes in a piece headlined: “Pope Faces Crisis of Credibility Over Coverup Accusations.”
The backdrop: Francis has previously sought forgiveness for his handling of a major sex abuse scandal in Chile. Confidence in his ability to handle such scandals is falling among U.S. Catholics, per Pew.
Consider the case in Ireland, though: The last papal visit was in 1979, when the Church dominated many aspects of Irish life. One-third of the country's entire population turned up to hear John Paul II speak. This time, one attendee told NPR she had decided not to tell acquaintances she was going: "It wasn't a popular thing to say."
Rohingya girls at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images.
The UN Human Rights Council is calling for Myanmar's military leaders to face genocide charges for the campaign of mass murder, rape and village burning that has led upwards of 700,000 members of the Rohingya minority to flee the country, most of them to Bangladesh.
The backdrop: Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a repatriation agreement last November, but the refugees have not returned. Linah Alsaafin of Al Jazeera has been reporting from the refugee camps and asked Rohingya whether they'd ever return home.
Go deeper: Read the full Al Jazeera report.
Then-PM Turnbull (R) and his successor, Morrison, last year. Photo: Stefan Postles/Getty Images
Conservative rebels in Australia's ruling Liberal Party managed to oust Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last week, but not to replace him with one of their own. Scott Morrison, the former Treasurer and a Turnbull ally, now steps into the top job.
The trend: The change of leadership seems to have accomplished little but to sink the center-right Liberals in the polls. This will be the 6th change of prime minister in Australia in just over a decade as intraparty squabbles have led to a "revolving-door" era in the country's politics.
Here's how many times leadership has changed in G20 countries over that period (since Dec. 2007):
Hard to place: Politics in Russia and Turkey have been dominated by one central figure for this entire period, though both Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan have shuffled between the roles of president and prime minister.
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
The far-right Sweden Democrats are set to be the next European party to ride fears over immigration to a strong finish on election day. Ahead of the September 9 election, they sit second in the polls with around 20%.
The Swedish example...
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
President Trump today announced what he's calling a breakthrough in NAFTA talks, though it only included two of the trade pact's three members.
How to read this, from Foreign Policy's Keith Johnson:
What's next: Negotiations with Canada are expected to begin today, Axios' Zach Basu reports. Both the U.S. and Mexico have expressed a desire to have Canada join the agreement, but according to U.S. Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer, the deal is set to be presented to Congress either way.
The Economist breaks down the staggering benefits, and costs, of increased access to air conditioning around the world in the latest issue.
Breaking it down...
Go deeper: AC demand is the next climate challenge.
Kindergarteners in North Korea. Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images
"A hug from you would be very nice."— Trump signing off from a call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who — according to the translation — had said he extended the U.S. president an "affectionate hug."
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