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Cardinal George Pell of Sydney speaks at a Vatican press conference on July 9, 2014.

Cardinal Pell strikes back at allegations of child abuse

Feb 19, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Friday Cardinal George Pell forcefully denied an alleged police investigation's claim of “multiple offenses” of child sexual abuse, calling... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley speaks with CNA in Rome on Feb. 4, 2013.

There's no question – reporting abuse is a must, Cardinal O'Malley says

Feb 16, 2016

By Elise Harris

After recent media reports suggested the Vatican is telling bishops to cover up sexual abuse, the Pontifical Commission for the... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Vatican: No, bishops are not being told to cover up abuse

Feb 11, 2016

Media reports are wrong to claim that the Vatican is telling new bishops that they don’t have to report sexual... Read more

Józef Wesolowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic.

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

Aug 29, 2015

Initial autopsy findings indicate that disgraced former apostolic nuncio Jozef Wesolowski died of natural causes from a “cardiac event,” the... Read more

Józef Wesolowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic.

Former nuncio Wesolowski, facing sex abuse trial, dies

Aug 28, 2015

Jozef Wesolowski, the laicized, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic who faced criminal charges in Vatican City of possession... Read more

Józef Wesolowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic.

Vatican postpones criminal trial of ex-nuncio on pedophilia charges

Jul 11, 2015

The criminal court of Vatican City State held on Saturday the first hearing in the trial of Jozef Wesolowski, the... Read more

The Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, which will offer a diploma course in minor protection in 2016.

Pontifical university plans to offer diploma in child protection by 2016

Jul 2, 2015

By Elise Harris

Beginning in the spring of 2016, Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University will begin offering an intensive one-semester diploma program on the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

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

Feb 5, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis has sent a letter to religious superiors and presidents of episcopal conferences, asking for their full cooperation in... Read more

St. Peter holds the keys in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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

Nov 11, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis established on Tuesday a new judicial body within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith with responsibility... Read more

Msgr. Robert W. Oliver. Courtesy of Archdiocese of Boston.

Boston priest named secretary of Vatican commission to protect minors

Sep 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Vatican announced today that Msgr. Robert W. Oliver will leave his position as promoter of justice to take on... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

Vatican dismisses Italian news report on papal interview

Jul 13, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Vatican spokesperson said that the Pope’s words as reported in the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” cannot be considered with... Read more

Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, who is to lead the July 21 - 26 apostolic visitation to the Ciudad del Este diocese.

Papal delegation to investigate Paraguayan diocese

Jul 9, 2014

Pope Francis is sending an apostolic visitation to the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, a Paraguayan diocese the vicar general... Read more

Bishop Robert Finn.

Kansas City diocese questions legality, accuracy of abuse penalty

Jul 3, 2014

Attorneys for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph have questioned the legality of a $1 million abuse penalty against the... Read more

Pope Francis preaches during a Penitential service at St. Peter's Basilica, March 28, 2014.

Sex abuse will not be tolerated, Pope Francis says

May 27, 2014

Pope Francis strongly denounced clerical sex abuse of children, saying that such abuse will not be tolerated and announcing a... Read more

St. Peter holds the keys in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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

May 19, 2014

Pope Francis’ appointment Monday of Archbishop Jose Mollaghan of Rosario as a member of the Vatican’s doctrine office confirms the... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on October 2, 2013.

Pope apologizes for priests' sex abuse, promises strong response

Apr 11, 2014

Pope Francis called April 11 for an “even stronger” Catholic Church response to combat sexual abuse, saying he felt compelled... Read more

Cardinal Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York.

Cardinal Dolan anticipates attacks over handling of sex abuse

Feb 25, 2014

In an attempt to both anticipate and deflect “potentially negative publicity,” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York has written... Read more

Cardinal reaffirms child protection pledge as documents release

Jan 22, 2014

Responding to the release of documents about Chicago priests accused of abusing minors over the past 50 years, Cardinal Francis... Read more

 Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago.

Cardinal stresses accountability amid past clergy reports

Jan 13, 2014

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has sent a letter to the faithful of his archdiocese ahead of the release of... Read more

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. (File photo/CNA).

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

Jan 3, 2014

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has explained his decision to provide ten percent of the bail of Msgr. William Lynn,... Read more