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Cardinal Seán O’Malley celebrates Mass during a safeguarding summit in Warsaw, Poland, Sept. 20, 2021.

Cardinal O’Malley at safeguarding summit: ‘The wrongs done to God’s people must be corrected’

The archbishop of Boston said: “Abuse and its cover up must stop.” Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Jan. 27, 2021.

Pope Francis invokes Abraham Lincoln in message to safeguarding summit

The pope referred to Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y.

More than 900 abuse claims filed against Buffalo diocese under Child Victims Act

At Saturday’s close of the “lookback” window created by New York’s Child Victims Act, more than 900 child sex abuse... Read more

The New York capitol building.

NY bishop hopes Child Victims Act deadline will close a ‘painful and sordid chapter’

At the close of the “lookback” window created by New York’s Child Victims Act, Bishop Michael Fisher of Buffalo said... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y.

Priests of Buffalo diocese continue to face sex abuse accusations

Since June more than 90 sex abuse lawsuits involving the Diocese of Buffalo have been filed under New York’s Child... Read more

The flag of Vatican City with St. Peter’s Basilica in the background. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Vatican abuse trial: Prosecution requests jail time for defendants

The tribunal listened to lawyers’ closing arguments. Read more

Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester, N.Y.

Some abuse victims dissatisfied by Rochester diocese's bankruptcy plan

A proposed settlement deal between the Diocese of Rochester and several insurance agencies has drawn criticism from a group of... Read more

Fr. Hans Zollner.

Safeguarding expert to lead Rome’s new anthropology institute

Fr. Hans Zollner S.J. will serve as director of the institute at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Read more

The Iowa capitol. Credit: Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock.

Iowa attorney general releases report on clergy sex abuse

The Iowa Attorney General’s office has released a 30-page report on sexual abuse by members of the clergy, almost exactly... Read more

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Springfield bishop appoints co-chairs of sex abuse task force

The bishop of Springfield in Massachusetts has announced the appointment of two social workers to lead an independent task force... Read more

The Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, which houses the meeting room of the UN Human Rights Council.

UN experts’ letter to Vatican has ‘no real teeth,’ says Church official

The letter accused the Holy See of engaging in “obstructive practices” related to abuse. Read more

The meeting room of the United Nations Human Rights Council, in the Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Statement by UN ‘experts’ seeks to discredit the Holy See

The statement by a group of U.N. experts will ‘give the Holy See a pie in the face.’ Read more

Pope Francis unveils sweeping reform of Catholic Church’s penal sanctions

Pope Francis wrote in the apostolic constitution introducing the changes that those who have committed a crime “need both mercy... Read more

Bishop Tadeusz Rakoczy, bishop of Bielsko-Żywiec, Poland, from 1992 to 2013.

Vatican imposes penalties on retired Polish bishop after ‘Vos estis’ probe

Bishop Tadeusz Rakoczy led the Diocese of Bielsko-Żywiec from 1992 to 2013. Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki.

Pope Francis orders apostolic visitation of Cardinal Woelki’s Cologne archdiocese

Apostolic visitors will evaluate “possible mistakes” by the cardinal and archdiocesan officials. Read more

View of St. Peter`s Basilica from the roof of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross on April 1, 2015.

Vatican abuse trial: Witness testimony gives conflicting view of victim, pre-seminary

The Vatican City State’s criminal court heard testimony from five witnesses. Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican responds to bishops’ call to amend Church law on crimes against minors

The Vatican told English and Welsh bishops that it was in the process of altering the Code of Canon Law. Read more

Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral in Montreal, Canada. Credit: Travis Wise via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Montreal archbishop appoints ombudsman to oversee abuse complaints

The Archdiocese of Montreal announced Wednesday the appointment of an independent ombudsman, Marie Christine Kirouac, to receive all complaints of... Read more

Fr. Hans Zollner, S.J.

Safeguarding expert: Guidelines are ‘in vain’ if not upheld by Church powers

Fr. Hans Zollner, S.J, explains why Rome’s Center for Child Protection is becoming an anthropology institute. Read more

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Chicago case highlights religious orders that have not published lists of credibly accused clergy

Recent reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times highlighted several religious orders active in Chicago that have not released lists of members... Read more