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Abuse survivors demand Vatican transparency, accountability

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 20th - 2:44pm

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.

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

Carter Williams,  |  Updated Feb 20th - 12:53pm

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.

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.

Netanyahu strikes election deal with far-right parties

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 20th - 12:08pm

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.

Pope strives to fight cleric sex abuse with Vatican summit

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 20th - 11:02am

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.

Egypt executes 9 over 2015 assassination of top prosecutor

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 20th - 7:59am

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.

Cyprus Orthodox Church backs Ukrainian church's independence

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 20th - 6:53am

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.

Georgetown rescinds honorary degree for defrocked McCarrick

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 19th - 7:20pm

Georgetown University has rescinded an honorary degree it bestowed in 2004 on then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked last week after being convicted by the Vatican of sexually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

Religious orders apologize for sex abuse inaction, cover-ups

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 19th - 5:32pm

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.

Colorado Catholic dioceses submit to voluntary abuse review

Colleen Slevin, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 19th - 5:30pm

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  |  Updated Feb 19th - 2:42pm

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.

Clergy sex abuse survivor plans hunger strike

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 19th - 2:05pm

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.

Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state

Yanan Wang and Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 19th - 3:38am

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

Australian Anglican set to be defrocked over abuse inaction

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 19th - 1:25am

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.

Southern Baptist president says database of abusers possible

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 18th - 11:34pm

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.

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.

Oakland, California diocese names 45 accused of sexual abuse

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb 18th - 12:46pm

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  |  Updated Feb 18th - 10:52am

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.

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.