File - In this June 29, 2017 file photo, clouds hang over St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)
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Pope Francis opens a monthlong meeting of bishops Wednesday on engaging young Catholics as his church is again under fire for the way it covered up for priests who raped and molested young people.A Dutch bishop, outraged that the Vatican hasn't responded to claims that Francis himself rehabilitated a predator American cardinal, announced he was boycotting the meeting altogether. The church is more important and fundamental than that," said Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, who is organizing the Oct. 3-28 meeting.The synod is bringing together 266 bishops from five continents for talks on helping young people find their vocations in life, be it lay or religious, at a time when church marriages and religious vocations are plummeting in much of the West.The one bright spot for the meeting is that for the first time, two bishops from mainland China are participating in a synod, the first result of last month's breakthrough agreement between the Vatican and Beijing over bishop appointments.
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