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Vatican admits to rules for priests who father children
CNN
February 19, 2019 - 10:09 am
By Ben Westcott, CNN (CNN) -- The Vatican has revealed that it maintains secret guidelines for priests who father children despite their vows of celibacy. "I can confirm that guidelines exist; it is a document for internal use," Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said in a statement to CNN,...
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Dreamstime.com
February 18, 2019 - 2:10 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — 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. Monsignor Joseph Punderson was listed by the diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, last...
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Pope Francis attends the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a United Nations agency, in Rome.
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Steve Tawa
February 18, 2019 - 1:26 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Victims of clergy abuse and their advocates are requesting that Pope Francis consider their list of "must-take" actions for the unprecedented summit in Rome, beginning on Thursday, focusing on the crisis in the Roman Catholic Church. Michael McDonnell, who is the...
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Andrew Medichini/AP
February 17, 2019 - 8:47 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is asking for prayers for this week's sex abuse summit at the Vatican , calling abuse an "urgent challenge of our time." He has summoned bishops to Rome to help him chart a way forward after decades of abuse by priests and prelates and the systematic cover-ups of...
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Pope Francis attends the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a United Nations agency, in Rome.
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Mark Abrams
February 17, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Pope Francis convenes a major summit of bishops, archbishops and cardinals in the Vatican later this week where the clergy sex abuse crisis will be on the front burner. The church leaders will meet with the pope for a four-day session starting Thursday to discuss how...
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Kimberly Adams
February 16, 2019 - 9:14 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Former American cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been deprived of his status after he was found guilty of sex abuse by the Vatican. "It's the first time in modern history that that's happened to a cardinal," said Massimo Faggioli, a professor in Villanova’s Theology...
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Former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick
Andrew Medichini/AP
February 16, 2019 - 9:58 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — 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. The announcement...
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Pope Francis and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan exchange gifts at the Vatican in September 2016.
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February 03, 2019 - 4:06 pm
By Delia Gallagher and Sarah El Sirgany, CNN (CNN) -- Pope Francis has arrived in the United Arab Emirates, making him the first pontiff to visit an Arab Gulf state. In a video address from the Vatican on Thursday, Francis said the trip marks "a new page in the history of relations between...
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David Madden
January 08, 2019 - 5:27 pm
NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — An administrator at a South Jersey Catholic Church is not only out of a job, he’s out of the priesthood in light of past allegations of sexual abuse dating back more than 30 years. Father John Bohrer was removed from ministry more than a decade ago when the case first...
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Greg Burke (left) and Pope Francis
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December 31, 2018 - 8:40 am
By Eliza Mackintosh and AnneClaire Stapleton, CNN (CNN) -- Vatican spokesman Greg Burke and his deputy, Paloma Garcia Ovejero, have resigned, an official Vatican statement announced Monday. The statement confirmed that Pope Francis accepted their resignations but did not provide more details about...
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