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Pope demands bishops act now on abuse; victims speak of pain

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:14am

Pope Francis opened a landmark sex abuse prevention summit Thursday by warning senior Catholic figures that the faithful are demanding concrete action against predator priests and not just words of condemnation. Victims then told the bishops of the searing emotional pain of their abuse.

Vatican's legal procedures for handling sex abuse, explained

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 12:32am

For centuries, the Vatican's canon law system busied itself with banning books and dispensing punishments that included burnings at the stake for heretics.

Polish activists pull down statue of priest in abuse protest

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 11:54pm

Activists in Poland toppled a statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest early Thursday amid allegations that he sexually abused minors, a protest against what they called a failure by the Catholic Church and society to resolve the problem of clergy sex abuse.

Iraqi rapper gives angry youth in city of Basra music outlet

Nabil Al-Jurani and Qassim Al-Jahra, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 11:19pm

A youth-led protest movement in the southern Iraqi port city of Basra, which saw riots last summer over failing services and soaring unemployment, has found an artistic outlet in the words and beats of homegrown rapper Ahmed Chayeb.

Tennessee church shooting suspect objects to phone evidence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 3:08pm

The man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Tennessee church in September 2017 is objecting to using evidence from his cellphone.

Priest's son demands Vatican attention for clergy's children

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 12:52pm

The head organizer of the Vatican's sex abuse summit has met with an Irish activist who is seeking to draw attention to another issue the Vatican has long sought to keep quiet: the plight of children of priests.

Latter-day Saint missionary from Utah killed in fall in Dominican Republic

Carter Williams,  |  Posted Feb 20th - 11:55am

A Utah man serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Dominican Republic died in a fall Wednesday morning, church officials said.

Abuse survivors demand Vatican transparency, accountability

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 10:36am

Survivors of clergy sex abuse on Wednesday demanded transparency, zero tolerance for abuse and accountability for religious superiors who cover up for rapists, setting a confrontational tone on the eve of Pope Francis' high-stakes abuse prevention summit.

Netanyahu strikes election deal with far-right parties

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 8:46am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday reached a preliminary election deal with two fringe religious-nationalist parties in a bid to unify his hard-line bloc ahead of April elections.

Egypt executes 9 over 2015 assassination of top prosecutor

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 3:03am

Egypt on Wednesday executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, security officials said.

Pope strives to fight cleric sex abuse with Vatican summit

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 1:48am

If Pope Francis needed a concrete example to justify summoning church leaders from around the globe to Rome for a tutorial on clergy sex abuse, Sister Bernardine Pemii has it.

Georgetown rescinds honorary degree for defrocked McCarrick

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 7:19pm

Georgetown University has rescinded an honorary degree it bestowed in 2004 on then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked last week after being convicted by the Vatican of sexually abusing minors and adult seminarians.

Colorado Catholic dioceses submit to voluntary abuse review

Colleen Slevin, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 12:52pm

A former federal prosecutor will review the sexual abuse files of Colorado's Roman Catholic dioceses, and the church has agreed to pay an unlimited amount of reparations to victims under a voluntary joint effort undertaken with the help of the state attorney general.

Poland awaiting Israel's apology for minister's comments

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 10:12am

A Polish government official said Tuesday that Warsaw is still waiting for Israel's government to apologize for comments the acting foreign minister made about Poles and their role in the Holocaust.

Religious orders apologize for sex abuse inaction, cover-ups

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 5:49am

Catholic religious orders around the world apologized Tuesday for having failed to respond when their priests raped children, acknowledging that their family-like communities blinded them to sexual abuse and led to misplaced loyalties, denial and cover-ups.

Pope Francis opens sex abuse summit by warning bishops the faithful want concrete action, not just condemnation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:16am

Pope Francis opens sex abuse summit by warning bishops the faithful want concrete action, not just condemnation.

Cyprus Orthodox Church backs Ukrainian church's independence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:44am

Cyprus' Orthodox Church says it supports the Ukrainian Orthodox Church's right to independence that was granted by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople last month, aiming to heal its divisions.

Clergy sex abuse survivor plans hunger strike

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 10:33am

A survivor of clergy sex abuse from Massachusetts has decided to stop eating until the Vatican acknowledges receipt of messages from several families of victims that he was assured would be sent to Pope Francis.

Austrian leader expects US to raise IS fighters during visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 4:17am

Austria's leader says he expects U.S. officials to bring up their desire for European countries to take back captured Islamic State group fighters when he visits Washington this week, but he is "very cautious" on the issue.