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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Reflections on a Papal Tour: Becky's Video Blog

June 1st, 2014
09:15 AM ET

The leader of the Catholic Church made quite a splash – and no shortage of headlines – with his recent Middle East visit. Becky was there as Pope Francis carefully straddled the Israeli-Palestinian divide and attempted to stimulate reconciliation where countless politicians before him have failed. Here are her thoughts on the pontiff's historic trip.

Filed under:  Analysis • General • Middle East • Religion • Vatican

Pope Francis in the Middle East: Becky's Video Blog

May 25th, 2014
08:31 PM ET

Pope Francis has arrived in the Middle East on a whirlwind tour and Connect the World with Becky Anderson is following the pontiff every step of the way. What does he hope to achieve from his travels and how is he going about it? Becky brings you the answers as the head of the Catholic Church receives a rapturous welcome in Amman, Jordan.

Filed under:  Analysis • General • Middle East • Religion • Vatican

Victim: Responsibility can't be dodged

February 6th, 2014
04:53 PM ET

In an unprecedented report, a United Nations committee slammed the Vatican's handling of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and accused the church of protecting itself rather than the victims.

Becky spoke to Irish clerical abuse survivor Colm O'Gorman to garner his reaction.

"I do think today is an incredibly significant and important moment that has been a very long time coming, where the Catholic church has been held accountable in the one place, frankly, where it can't dodge accountability. Because up until now it's used its status as a sovereign state to avoid responsibility in civil jurisdictions and national jurisdictions where it's claimed either sovereign or diplomatic immunity, and now really it's hoisted by its own petard. It's a state party to a binding international treaty, and it's going to have to be accountable for its gross violations of the rights of tens of thousands of children worldwide."

O'Gorman says that because all congregations and diocese operate under the authority of the Vatican, they can no longer avoid taking responsibility for abuses. But while this is a great development, the exact mechanisms for enforcing culpability and investigating misconduct still need to be finalized.

"I think there is some sense that Pope Francis will adopt a very different approach but we need to see that. He's put in place a Commission, that's valuable. What's important is to find out who exactly will be on this Commission. To what extent is he prepared to open the Vatican up to scrutiny and accountability? What kind of transparency will we see?"


More: U.N. denounces Vatican over child abuse

Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Religion • Vatican