New rules conform to other changes in the Catholic Church’s handling of abuses and address complaints of continued lack of transparency about the cases against senior clery and lay leaders.
Vatican authorities estimated some 100,000 would attend the ceremony of the resigned pope, higher than an original estimate of 60,000 according to media reports.
Pope Benedict XVI died on Saturday at the age of 95 in the secluded Vatican monastery where he had lived since his shock resignation in 2013.
Earlier this week, Pope Francis disclosed that his predecessor was "very sick", and asked people to pray for him.
Pope Francis will meet Bahrain's king, hold an open-air mass and lead a prayer for peace at a vast modern cathedral opened last year.
Wrapping up his Canadian visit, Francis said he repeatedly condemned the system that severed family ties and attempted to impose new cultural beliefs as “catastrophic” to generations of Indigenous peoples.
Pope Francis began a fraught visit to Canada to apologise to Indigenous peoples for abuses by missionaries at residential schools, a key step in the Catholic Church’s efforts to reconcile with Native communities.
About half of the US states are moving immediately to either ban or severely restrict abortion, responding to decades of activism by the what is known as the "pro-life" movement.
The principles section of the new constitution says "any member of the faithful can head a dicastery (Curia department) or organism", making no distinction between lay men and lay women.
Catholicism has dominated the region since the Europeans brought it through colonisation. Now, the Vatican looks set to lose a region which it ruled uncontested.
The Hindu right has brazenly launched a multi-pronged attack, simultaneously targeting Christians, Muslims and other minorities along with anyone who speaks against the BJP regime.
US President Biden and French leader Macron met ahead of G20 summit in Rome. Biden says that he did not know that France was not informed while agreeing the submarine deal with UK and Australia, and France is an "extremely extremely valued partner."
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