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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):

Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for hajj's pinnacle

Omar Akour, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 10:25pm

Some 2 million Muslim pilgrims gathered on Monday in the valley of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for a day of prayer that marks the pinnacle of the annual hajj.

New chapel in Idaho replaces meetinghouse that burned down in 2016

Nate Sunderland,  |  Posted Aug 19th - 9:52pm

A massive fire destroyed The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel in Swan Valley in 2016. Since then the congregation has been looking forward to the day when they could use and worship in their own building again. After months of construction that day will finally arrive next week.

Irish archbishop urges pope to speak frankly about abuse

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 9:32am

The archbishop of Dublin said Sunday he hopes Pope Francis will speak frankly about the "darkness" of priestly sex abuse during his upcoming visit to Ireland, which has been clouded by new revelations of misconduct in the U.S. Catholic Church.

Bishop: Church today 'not the church' of grand jury report

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 8:50am

The bishop of Pittsburgh's Roman Catholic diocese pushed back against a call for his resignation and said the diocese has "followed every single step" needed for responsible action after allegations of child sexual abuse.

Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage

Omar Akour, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 8:00am

More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that Islam's faithful face five times each day during their prayers.

Movement encourages Argentines to quit Catholic church

Paul Byrne and Leo By Valle, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:54pm

Hundreds of people gathered in Buenos Aires on Saturday to oppose the influence of religion on Argentine politics and encourage people to quit the Roman Catholic Church in the wake of a Senate vote not to legalize some abortions.

Somali-American candidate: Wants to 'instill hope in people'

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 7:39am

The past 10 weeks have been a whirl for Ilhan Omar, who suddenly went from being famous for becoming the country's first Somali-American state legislator to being a likely shoo-in for the first Somali-American congresswoman.

Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

Omar Akour, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 11:55pm

Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom.

Will other states follow Pennsylvania on church abuse?

Marc Levy, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 2:40pm

Attorneys general around the U.S. have been largely silent this week about any plans to conduct an investigation like Pennsylvania's that uncovered widespread child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses, although New York's top prosecutor is an exception, saying she is exploring teaming up with the local district attorneys.

UN rights chief condemns Bosnian Serb decision on Srebrenica

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 7:14am

The United Nations' human rights chief is condemning the Bosnian Serb legislature's decision to revoke support for a report acknowledging the 1995 massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. He says it will disrupt any attempts at reconciliation.

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.

Pope issues letter to Catholics around the world condemning sexual abuse and cover-up, demanding accountability

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 4:21am

Pope issues letter to Catholics around the world condemning sexual abuse and cover-up, demanding accountability.

George Washington letter to be read at oldest US synagogue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 9:09am

A letter from George Washington will be read at the nation's oldest synagogue to celebrate freedom of religion.