Pope Francis

Vatican accepts resignation of embattled D.C. archbishop

A close-up of Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Washington, D.C. archbishop Cardinal Donald Wuerl after heavy criticism over his handling of sexual abuse in the Church, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: This is seen as a small but important step forward for the Catholic Church which has been under a microscope since a bombshell grand jury report revealed systemic abuse by hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania. Wuerl had "been seen as a pioneer in the church" on the issue of sex abuse in the church, but the grand jury report showed "an alternative picture" of him, the Post reports, one which showed that he failed to take action against abuse during his time in Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006.

South Korea says Kim Jong-un wants a visit from Pope Francis

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in's office said that North Korea's Kim Jong-un told Moon during their summit last month that he would "enthusiastically" welcome a visit from Pope Francis in North Korea, the Associated Press reports.

The big picture: An invitation was offered to Pope John Paul II after a 2000 meeting between the two Koreas, which never resulted in a visit. Back then, the Vatican said a visit could only happen if North Korea — which is officially atheist and strictly monitors its citizens' religious activities — would allow priests inside its borders.