2022 in Pictures: For Francis and the Vatican, a Big, Noisy, Uneven Year | Crux

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From health challenges to curial reform, from war to diplomacy, from fresh abuse crises to church persecution and the potential death of his predecessor, 2022 has been a big, noisy, and uneven year for Pope Francis and the Vatican.

Not only has the pontiff faced some of his most limiting health problems yet – including being forced to cancel an international trip for the first time due to ongoing knee troubles, which have largely confined him to a wheelchair or the use of a cane – but he has also faced repeated criticism over his handling of China and the war in Ukraine.

Francis and his Jesuit order have also faced scrutiny over the handling of new abuse crises, including allegations surrounding a prominent member whose artwork is displayed on chapels and church facades in the Vatican and on major shrines throughout the world.

In many areas of the world, church leaders are being persecuted, and despite the pope’s efforts to assist in negotiating a ceasefire to the war in Ukraine, there appears to be no end in sight.

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2022 in Pictures: For Francis and the Vatican, a Big, Noisy, Uneven Year | Crux

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