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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.

Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state

Yanan Wang and Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 19th - 12:18am

The Chinese database Victor Gevers found online was not just a collection of old personal details.

Future rabbis plant with Palestinians, sow rift with Israel

Isabel Debre, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 11:12pm

Young American rabbinical students are doing more than visiting holy sites, learning Hebrew and poring over religious texts during their year abroad in Israel.

Southern Baptist president says database of abusers possible

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 8:59pm

More than a decade after the Southern Baptist Convention rejected the idea of creating a database of ministers credibly accused of sexual abuse, leaders say the possibility is on the table.

Oakland, California diocese names 45 accused of sexual abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 10:44am

The Catholic Diocese of Oakland, California, has released the names of 45 priests, deacons and religious brothers who officials say are "credibly accused" of sexually abusing minors.

Pope Francis lifts suspension on Nicaraguan priest, poet

Gabriela Selser, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 9:54am

Pope Francis has lifted the suspension imposed in 1983 on Nicaraguan priest and poet Ernesto Cardenal, the Vatican's ambassador to Nicaragua said in a statement Monday.

Israeli police arrest 5 Palestinians at flashpoint holy site

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 9:16am

Israeli police say they have arrested five Palestinians for allegedly "causing a disturbance" at a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site.

French judge refuses to block Catholic sex scandal movie

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 7:29am

A French judge refused Monday to block the release this week in French cinemas of a movie based on a Catholic sex scandal.

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 11:08pm

The organizers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen abuse victims who have descended on Rome to protest the Catholic Church's response to the crisis and demand an end to decades of cover-up by church leaders, officials said Monday.

Nicaragua: New talks explored but opposition sets conditions

Gabriela Selser, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 2:23pm

President Daniel Ortega's government announced it held talks on restarting a long-stalled dialogue following political violence that left more than 300 dead last year, but the proposal was swiftly met with a raft of preconditions from opposition groups and civil society Sunday.

Sex abuse survivors say Vatican summit must deliver action

Frances D'Emilio and Trisha Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 2:08pm

Roman Catholics who were sexually abused by clergy are insisting that decisive actions to confront the decades-long problem of pedophile priests and church cover-ups must come out of an upcoming Vatican summit.

In Nigeria's tight election, Christian vote is seen as key

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 9:59am

Ask worshippers at St. Charles Catholic Church what they want most from Nigeria's presidential election, and the answer is peace.

Pope asks for prayers for sex abuse summit at Vatican

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 4:28am

Pope Francis is asking for prayers for this week's sex abuse summit at the Vatican, calling abuse an "urgent challenge of our time."

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick for sex abuse

Frances D'Emilio, Nicole Winfield and Trisha Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 10:20am

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and defrocked, as calls rose Saturday for Pope Francis to reveal what he knew about the once-powerful American prelate's apparently decades-long predatory sexual behavior.

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.

Australian Anglican set to be defrocked over abuse inaction

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 11:49pm

An assistant bishop is set to become the most senior Anglican in Australia to be defrocked after a church committee on Tuesday found he took no action when he was told a priest had sexually abused a child.

Vatican: US prelate accused of abuse not at high court

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 10:09am

The Vatican says a Holy See lawyer who appeared on a list of American priests credibly accused of sexual abuse isn't currently at the Catholic church's supreme court, where he holds a top position.