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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.

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.

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 are in Manila to be 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.

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.