Pope Updates Laws on Sex Abuse and Leaks; Visits Island of Lampedusa

At the Vatican this week, Pope Francis updated Vatican City laws related to child sexual abuse and to the leaking of Vatican information. The laws apply to all Vatican employees. Pope Francis increased the prison sentences for sexual abuse and added one for possession of child pornography. And for the first time, he made leaking confidential Vatican information a crime.

Also, this week, the Pope visited the Italian island of Lampedusa. Thousands of immigrants and refugees hoping to enter Europe travel to the island every year in dangerous conditions. The Pope mourned those who have died at sea and warned against quote “the globalization of indifference”.