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December 07, 2018 - 1:27 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has launched an investigation into a small Chilean religious order of nuns after some sisters denounced sexual abuse at the hands of priests and mistreatment by their superiors, a turning point that shows the Holy See is now willing to investigate allegations of...
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Pope Francis leaves at the end of his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018.
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November 23, 2018 - 11:10 am
By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis named the Vatican's top sex abuse investigator and a close U.S. ally to an organizing committee for a February abuse prevention summit that has become a high-stakes credibility test following a new eruption of the scandal in the...
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Mark Abrams
November 12, 2018 - 10:57 am
VATICAN (KYW Newsradio/ CNN) — The Vatican has told the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to delay voting on measures to hold bishops accountable for failing to protect children from sexual abuse, the president of the conference said in a surprise announcement Monday morning. In his announcement...
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Pope Francis waves to faithful at the end of the Angelus prayer he delivered in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.
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October 23, 2018 - 10:38 am
By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — As the Vatican copes with the growing clergy sex abuse scandal and declining number of priests worldwide, it is laying the groundwork to open formal debate on an issue that has long been taboo: opening up the priesthood to married men in...
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Chile's President Sebastian Pinera and his wife Cecilia Morel exchange gifts with Pope Francis as they meet during a private audience at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.
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October 13, 2018 - 10:22 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday defrocked two more Chilean prelates accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how he's responding to the church's global sex abuse crisis, the pontiff publicly explained why they were removed. The Vatican's unusually...
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 In this March 4, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick speaks during a memorial service in South Bend, Ind.
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September 10, 2018 - 1:27 pm
By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is preparing the "necessary clarifications" about accusations that top Vatican officials including Pope Francis covered up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American cardinal, Francis' top advisers said Monday. In a...
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In this Feb. 14, 2014 file photo, from left, Sean Patrick Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston; the Most Rev. Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States, and the Most Rev. Robert Peter Deeley.
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August 27, 2018 - 8:34 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The archbishop of Washington on Monday "categorically denied" ever being informed that his predecessor had been sanctioned for sexual misconduct, undercutting a key element of a bombshell allegation that Pope Francis covered up clergy abuse. Cardinal Donald Wuerl issued a...
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In this Nov. 14, 2011 file photo, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick prays during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall assembly in Baltimore.
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August 26, 2018 - 11:22 am
DUBLIN (AP) — The Vatican's retired ambassador to the United States accused senior Vatican officials of knowing as early as 2000 that the disgraced former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, regularly invited seminarians into his bed but was made a cardinal regardless. The letter, an...
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In this Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 file photo, Pope Francis prays for the victims of the Kerala floods during the Angelus noon prayer in St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican.
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August 21, 2018 - 9:47 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis is expected to meet with victims of sexual abuse during his weekend visit to Ireland and speak out about the problem. Spokesman Greg Burke effectively confirmed the meeting during a briefing Tuesday. He said Francis always meets with victims when he...
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The Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is a contributing property in the Harrisburg Historic District.
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August 17, 2018 - 10:55 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania bishop who's named in a grand jury report on rampant sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy is holding a Mass of forgiveness, as the Vatican expresses "shame and sorrow" over the burgeoning scandal. The Harrisburg Diocese says Friday's Mass at the Cathedral...
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