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Former nuncio awaiting Vatican trial died of natural causes, autopsy says

Aug 29, 2015 - 10:48 am .- Initial autopsy findings indicate that disgraced former apostolic nuncio Jozef Wesolowski died of natural causes from a “cardiac event,” the Vatican announced Saturday.

Former nuncio Wesolowski, facing sex abuse trial, dies

Aug 28, 2015 - 09:10 am .- Jozef Wesolowski, the laicized, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic who faced criminal charges in Vatican City of possession of child pornography and pedophilic acts, has died at the age of 67.

Vatican postpones criminal trial of ex-nuncio on pedophilia charges

Jul 11, 2015 - 10:29 am .- The criminal court of Vatican City State held on Saturday the first hearing in the trial of Jozef Wesolowski, the laicized, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, who is charged with possession of child pornography and for pedophile acts.

Pontifical university plans to offer diploma in child protection by 2016

Jul 2, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Beginning in the spring of 2016, Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University will begin offering an intensive one-semester diploma program on the safeguarding of minors and the prevention of sex abuse by clergy.

Pope to Church leaders: 'scourge' of minor sex abuse must stop

Feb 5, 2015 - 05:34 am .- Pope Francis has sent a letter to religious superiors and presidents of episcopal conferences, asking for their full cooperation in ending the sexual abuse of minors, and making the Church a safe haven.

With new team, Vatican ups efforts to fight clerical sex abuse

Nov 11, 2014 - 11:10 am .- Pope Francis established on Tuesday a new judicial body within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith with responsibility for dealing with clerical sex abuse, thus confirming the Holy See’s continuing response to the crisis.

Boston priest named secretary of Vatican commission to protect minors

Sep 10, 2014 - 09:58 am .- The Vatican announced today that Msgr. Robert W. Oliver will leave his position as promoter of justice to take on a new role as the secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.  

Vatican dismisses Italian news report on papal interview

Jul 13, 2014 - 05:49 pm .- The Vatican spokesperson said that the Pope’s words as reported in the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” cannot be considered with certainty to be Pope Francis’ actual words.

Papal delegation to investigate Paraguayan diocese

Jul 9, 2014 - 03:54 pm .- Pope Francis is sending an apostolic visitation to the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, a Paraguayan diocese the vicar general of which has a history of sexual abuse accusations.

Kansas City diocese questions legality, accuracy of abuse penalty

Jul 3, 2014 - 05:22 pm .- Attorneys for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph have questioned the legality of a $1 million abuse penalty against the diocese, criticizing “numerous factual inaccuracies” in an arbitrator’s ruling.

Sex abuse will not be tolerated, Pope Francis says

May 27, 2014 - 04:18 pm .- Pope Francis strongly denounced clerical sex abuse of children, saying that such abuse will not be tolerated and announcing a special Mass for abuse victims, as well as efforts to investigate offenders.

New appointment to CDF shows Vatican's concern for clergy abuse

May 19, 2014 - 04:32 pm .- Pope Francis’ appointment Monday of Archbishop Jose Mollaghan of Rosario as a member of the Vatican’s doctrine office confirms the Holy See’s continuing response to the sexual abuse crisis.

Pope apologizes for priests' sex abuse, promises strong response

Apr 11, 2014 - 10:36 am .- Pope Francis called April 11 for an “even stronger” Catholic Church response to combat sexual abuse, saying he felt compelled to “personally ask forgiveness” for priests who have sexually abused children.

Cardinal Dolan anticipates attacks over handling of sex abuse

Feb 25, 2014 - 12:06 pm .- In an attempt to both anticipate and deflect “potentially negative publicity,” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York has written a defense of his time as an auxiliary bishop of the St. Louis archdiocese.

Cardinal reaffirms child protection pledge as documents release

Jan 22, 2014 - 12:04 am .- Responding to the release of documents about Chicago priests accused of abusing minors over the past 50 years, Cardinal Francis George has apologized to victims and reaffirmed that no accused priests are presently serving in ministry.

Cardinal stresses accountability amid past clergy reports

Jan 13, 2014 - 07:07 pm .- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has sent a letter to the faithful of his archdiocese ahead of the release of documents about past clergy sexual misconduct, reaffirming that no known sex abusers are in active ministry.

Archbishop Chaput calls contribution to priest's bail 'just'

Jan 3, 2014 - 03:54 pm .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has explained his decision to provide ten percent of the bail of Msgr. William Lynn, whose conviction for child endangerment was overturned last week.

Archbishop Chaput says five Philly priests unfit for ministry

Dec 18, 2013 - 01:05 am .- Continuing the Philadelphia archdiocese's response to a grand jury report on sex abuse or misconduct by clergy, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Dec. 15 declared five priests unsuitable for ministry, including one who faced a substantiated allegation of abuse committed 30 years ago.

Priest's arrest shows Philadelphia reforms, attorney says

Sep 27, 2013 - 10:26 am .- The Philadelphia archdiocese drew praise for its swift reporting of an inactive priest to authorities after a young man said that he had been abused during his time as an altar boy between 1998 and 2001.

Vatican willing to hand over accused nuncio to civil authorities

Sep 12, 2013 - 10:57 am .- A Vatican spokesman has said that the Holy See is willing to hand over a former nuncio accused of sexual misconduct to civil authorities in the Dominican Republic if requested to do so.

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