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The pontiff will also visit mainly Protestant Latvia on Monday and secular Estonia on Tuesday as all three Baltic states mark 100 years of independence this year.
Kerala nun rape case: Bishop Franco Mulakkal seeks Pope Francis' permission to step down temporarily
Franco Mullakal has written to the Pope expressing his desire to step down temporarily from the responsibilities of the diocese and has sought permission for the same, Jalandhar diocese said.
The Argentine pontiff has repeatedly voiced a desire to visit Japan, home to some 450,000 Roman Catholics.
The meeting of Episcopal Conference presidents will be held at the Vatican from February 21 to 24, the C9 cardinals' conference that advises the pope on reform said in a statement.
The pontiff said there were still "winds of war" and "unsettling news about the risk of a possible humanitarian catastrophe in the province of Idlib."
A total of 167 bishops, priests and lay members of the church are now under investigation for sexual crimes committed in the South American country since 1960.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, a former Vatican envoy to Washington had accused Pope Francis of ignoring sexual abuse allegations against prominent US cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
Francis presided over his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square and spoke about his weekend trip to Ireland, where the abuse scandal has devastated the Catholic Church's credibility.
Marco Tosatti said he helped Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano write, rewrite and edit his 11-page testimony, saying the two sat side-by-side at a wooden table in Tosatti's living room for three hours.
The pope had added that ignoring a child who showed homosexual tendencies was an "error of fatherhood or motherhood".
Before 45,000 supporters at the rain-soaked Knock shrine in the west of Ireland on Sunday, the pope spoke of the "open wound" of the scandals.
Later Sunday he said Mass to tens of thousands of flag-waving worshippers at Dublin's Phoenix Park, before heading back to Rome after his two-day visit to the former Catholic stronghold.
Francis spoke out about Ireland's haunted history of forced adoptions during a prayer Sunday in Knock, the country's main shrine dedicated to Christ's mother, Mary.
Francis spent 90 minutes Saturday speaking with eight abuse victims, including two who were forcibly given up for adoption as newborns because their mothers weren't married.
However, the Pope did not mention the current scandal raging over a US grand jury report documenting at least 1,000 cases of pedophilia, involving the clergy.