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US cardinals hope new accountability stops abusers in future

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 9:10am

Two U.S. cardinals attending the Vatican's sex abuse prevention summit said Friday that the downfall of their former colleague, Theodore McCarrick, was sad for the Catholic church but they hoped a new spirit of accountability would prevent future cover-ups of bishop misconduct.

The Latest: US ambassador: Protect children, stop sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 8:26am

The Latest on Pope Francis' sex abuse summit at the Vatican (all times local):

A look at Nigeria's top 2 presidential contenders

Sam Olukoya and Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:18am

Africa's most populous country goes to the polls on Saturday to decide whether President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term. While more than 70 people are running to lead Nigeria, the close race comes down to Buhari and a billionaire former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.

Church of England says Sunday services no longer mandatory

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 5:42am

The Church of England has acknowledged the reality of shrinking congregations and overworked priests and lifted a 400-year-old rule requiring that all churches hold services every Sunday.

Vatican sex abuse summit seeks new culture of accountability

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 2:59am

Cardinals attending Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse called Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors when they fail to protect their flocks from predator priests.

French bishops agree to compensation for sex abuse victims

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 12:26am

Still struggling to come to terms with their share of responsibility in the clerical sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church, France's bishops have agreed to award financial compensation to victims whose cases fall outside of France's statute of limitations.

Abuse victims: Italian law helps bishops dodge investigation

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:42am

U.S. and Italian advocates for victims of pedophile priests are pressing for Italy to overhaul legislation that allows bishops to dodge accountability for predator clergy in the predominantly Roman Catholic country where the church wields considerable political influence.

A global look at the Catholic Church's sex abuse problem

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:44am

Pope Francis' high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit is meant to call attention to the crisis as a global problem that requires a global response.

The Latest: Cardinal condemns how church handles sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:26am

The Latest on the Vatican's conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests (all times local):

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.

Man charged with stealing Christmas toys collected by church

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 7:57am

A man police say stole hundreds of Christmas toys collected by a Connecticut church for underprivileged children, then tried to sell them out of his minivan to passers-by on the street, has been held on $25,000 bail.

Filipino rebel commanders become officials under peace deal

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 12:15am

Some of the fiercest Muslim rebel commanders in the southern Philippines were sworn in Friday as administrators of a new Muslim autonomous region in a delicate milestone to settle one of Asia's longest-raging rebellions.

Study finds spike in Pennsylvania child abuse-related deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 2:27pm

A state study released Thursday found the number of Pennsylvania children killed or nearly killed after abuse had occurred spiked recently, increases likely driven by a new definition of abuse and an uptick in its reporting in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy child sexual abuse scandals.

Pence tours church, movie theater helped by Trump tax law

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:35am

Vice President Mike Pence says U.S. Sen. Tim Scott's persistence is to thank for a law that gives federal tax breaks to people who invest in economically distressed areas.

Authorities: Administrator, wife stole $1.2M from church

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 5:59am

Authorities say a western Pennsylvania church administrator stole $1.2 million that he and his wife used to pay for vacations, sports tickets and other personal expenses.

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.