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Pennsylvania priest faces charges as sex abuse fallout grows

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 6:39pm

A Roman Catholic priest was charged on Tuesday with groping a 17-year-old girl and sending her nude images of himself, just a week after a grand jury reported the church had covered up decades of child molestation by priests across the state.

Muslims worldwide are heading to Mecca. Here are 5 things to know about the holiday

CNN Staff  |  Posted Aug 21st - 1:15pm

In most of the Muslim world Monday, the faithful celebrated Eid al-Adha, the second of two major holidays in Islam.

Vatican: Pope expected to meet with abuse victims in Ireland

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 6:01am

The Vatican said Tuesday that Pope Francis is expected to meet with victims of sexual abuse during his weekend visit to Ireland and speak out about the problem.

Aung San Suu Kyi defends policies toward Rohingya Muslims

Derek Cai, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 4:49am

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday defended her government's actions in Rakhine state, where about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from a brutal counterinsurgency campaign to neighboring Bangladesh. She said terrorism, not social discrimination or inequality, triggered the crisis.

Other suspected Nazi war criminals removed from the US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 3:42am

Since the 1970s, the U.S. government has initiated legal proceedings to expel just 137 of the estimated 10,000 suspected Nazi war criminals who immigrated to the U.S. after World War II.

Movie star's lifestyle reversal sparks a debate in Egypt

Menna Zaki, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 12:11am

Hala Shiha quit the glamorous film industry a decade ago to embrace a more religious lifestyle, adopting the traditional Muslim headscarf, or hijab, along with loose, long-sleeved clothes. The Egyptian movie star later was seen wearing the even more conservative face veil, or niqab.

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha as pilgrims conduct hajj rites

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 10:27pm

Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Adha as over 2 million pilgrims carry out the final rites of the hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Pope: No effort spared to fight abuse, but offers no details

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 5:17pm

Pope Francis vowed Monday that "no effort must be spared" to root out priestly sex abuse and cover-up from the Catholic Church, but gave no indication that he would take action to sanction complicit bishops or end the Vatican culture of secrecy that has allowed the crisis to fester.

Texas priest disappears amid molestation allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 9:27am

A Texas priest who's accused of molesting teens and stealing from his parish has gone missing.

Sign at high school named for Cardinal Wuerl is vandalized

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 8:09am

A sign at a Roman Catholic high school in Pennsylvania named for Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been vandalized with paint.

New database documents Irish clergy linked to sex abuse

Danica Kirka and Pietro By Cristofaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 7:57am

An international research group launched a database Monday of Irish clergy convicted or credibly accused of sexually abusing children in hopes of pressing Pope Francis to disclose the names of all the priests and brothers deemed guilty by the church.

The Latest: Archbishop says he didn't see misconduct letter

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 6:23am

The Latest on the clerical sex abuse scandal (all times local):

Northwestern Indiana priest attacked; clergy sex abuse cited

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 5:05pm

Police in northwest Indiana say an attack on a Catholic priest has been forwarded to the FBI as a possible hate crime because the assailant referred to reports of clergy sex abuse involving children.

The Latest: Pennsylvania priest faces indecent assault count

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 2:08pm

The Latest on the Roman Catholic Church child sex abuse scandal in Pennsylvania (all times local):

Prosecutor's death penalty stance offends Vatican official

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 9:45am

A Vatican official has encouraged an Ohio prosecutor to go to confession after defying the Catholic Church's new policy that the death penalty is never acceptable.

Syria's Assad attends holiday prayers at Damascus mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 1:15am

Syrian President Bashar Assad has attended prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in Damascus, the seat of his power.

2 priests, 1 accused of sex abuse, found unfit for ministry

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 2:35pm

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has found two priests unsuitable for the ministry, one as a result of allegations of sexual abuse of a minor that surfaced in a 2011 report by a grand jury.

Priest abuse hotline gets 400-plus calls in wake of report

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 2:01pm

Prosecutors say a hotline set up to get information on child sexual abuse by clergy within Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses has received more than 400 calls over the past six days.

Priest accused of stealing $200,000-plus from church resigns

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 7:34am

A South Florida priest has resigned after being accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the church.