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Pope Francis asks forgiveness for child sex abuses carried out by priests

In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper L' Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis hears the confession of a faithful in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, March 28, 2014. The Pontiff has kneeled before a priest and confessed his sins in a St. Peter's Basilica ceremony he hopes will inspire others to seek forgiveness. AP

Pope Francis on Friday personally asked forgiveness for thousands of child sex abuses carried out by priests and promised more action following accusations of cover-ups and excessive leniency by the Vatican.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Abuse cases on the rise in Zambo shelters

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Janiya (not her real name) gave birth a week ago to a frail and weak baby boy while still recuperating from serious burns and scalds that her husband had inflicted.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

US archbishop to sell $2.2M mansion

In this April 6, 2012, file photo, Rev. Wilton Gregory, the Archbishop of Atlanta holds a cross during the 32nd annual Good Friday Pilgrimage at Hurt Park in Atlanta. Gregory apologized Monday, March 31, 2014, for building a $2.2 million mansion for himself, a decision criticized by local Catholics who cited the example of austerity set by the new pope. AP

The Roman Catholic archbishop of Atlanta said Saturday that he will sell a $2.2 million mansion just three months after he moved in as he tried to appease angry parishioners who insisted that he follow the example set by Pope Francis.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope announces 1st members of sex abuse commission

In this Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 file photo, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, attends a press conference at the Vatican. Pope Francis named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy Saturday, March 22, 2014, tapping lay and religious experts — and an Irish woman assaulted as a child by a priest — to start plotting the commission's tasks and priorities. The eight inaugural members include Marie Collins, who was assaulted as a 13-year-old by a hospital chaplain in her native Ireland and has gone on to become a prominent campaigner in the fight for accountability in the church. Also named was Cardinal Sean O'Malley, one of Francis' key advisers and the archbishop of Boston, where the U.S. scandal erupted in 2002. AP

Pope Francis named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy Saturday, tapping lay and religious experts — and an Irish woman assaulted as a child by a priest — to start plotting the commission’s tasks and priorities.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope Francis offended by his own myth and mystique

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Pope Francis says he finds the hype that is increasingly surrounding him “offensive.”

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘No-one has done more than Church’ against sex abuse–Pope

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Pope Francis has defended the Catholic Church’s record on tackling the sexual abuse of children by priests, saying “no-one else has done more” to root out paedophilia.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Priest in Czech Republic arrested for sex abuse

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Czech police say they have arrested a Roman Catholic priest suspected of sexually abusing a teenage girl and raping a woman.

Posted: February 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Vatican hits back at UN committee for abuse report

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The Vatican struck back Friday at a U.N. human rights committee that issued a scathing report on sex abuse by priests, accusing it of straying beyond its mandate and discrediting the U.N. as a whole by adopting the “prejudiced” positions of anti-Catholic advocacy groups.

Posted: February 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Priest accused of child sex abuse found in Poland

Secretary of Poland’s Episcopate, Bishop Wojciech Polak, talks to reporters in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 about cases of pedophilia among Polish priests, two of whom are under investigation on allegations of sexual child abuse while serving in the Dominican Republic. AP

Polish police say they have located a priest sought by Interpol on suspicion he sexually abused children in the Dominican Republic.

Posted: October 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

US man guilty of sexually abusing woman on flight

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A northern New Jersey man has been convicted of sexually abusing a sleeping woman on a cross-country flight last year.

Posted: July 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

BBC veteran broadcaster jailed for sex assaults

British broadcaster Stuart Hall arrives at Preston Magistrates Court in north west England, on January 7, 2013, to face charges of the alleged indecent assault of three girls aged between nine and sixteen on various dates between the years 1974 and 1984. Hall denies the allegations. AFP/Paul Ellis

Veteran British television and radio presenter Stuart Hall was jailed for 15 months on Monday after admitting to 14 charges of indecently assaulting girls as young as nine.

Posted: June 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Elite NYC school apologizes for past abuse

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The Horace Mann School, one of New York City’s most prestigious private schools, has apologized for more than three decades of sexual abuse perpetrated by some of its teachers and administrators, according to a letter posted on its website.

Posted: May 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pasay boy killed; sis cries abuse

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It’s a mother’s worst nightmare, and it all began for a Pasay City resident when she and her two children went out to buy “balut.”

Posted: April 25th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

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