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The Cathedral of Saint Paul in Pittsburgh.

Facing dire financial situation, Pittsburgh diocese looks to make changes

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is evaluating options to respond to severe financial strains, exacerbated in the last year by... Read more

The Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile.

Chile ends statute of limitations for sex crimes with underage victims

Chile has removed the statute of limitation on sex crimes against children and adolescents, though the new law is not... Read more

Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

Chicago Tribune op-ed: Public schools can learn from Catholics in handling sex abuse

After an investigative series by the Chicago Tribune uncovered numerous cases of sexual abuse and cover-up in the city’s public... Read more

Theodore McCarrick.

One year since the McCarrick allegations: A CNA timeline

June 20 marks one year since the announcement that credible allegations of sexual abuse had been raised against then-Cardinal Theodore... Read more

Bishops of Argentina pledge to respond to report on abuse allegations

The bishops’ conference of Argentina has said it is examining and will respond to a new report of more than... Read more

Dominican priest: California confession bill threatens all religions

If California moves forward with its proposed law trying to force priests to violate the seal of Confession, it is... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 14, 2018.

Being a Christian has always been challenging, Pope Francis tells youth

Pope Francis said Thursday that although today has its challenges, especially with the sexual abuse crisis, it is not more... Read more

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago de Chile in St. Peter's Square, Feb. 22, 2014.

Chilean cardinal addresses case of sex abuse in Santiago cathedral

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago on Thursday denied knowing and giving  money to the complainant in a rape case... Read more

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin arrives in court Jan. 7, 2019.

French cardinal to resign after conviction for failing to report abuse

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon, was found guilty Thursday of failing to report to authorities the alleged sexual... Read more

The Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile.

Santiago archdiocese comments on priest sentenced for sex abuse

The Archdiocese of Santiago commented Tuesday on the case of Father Tito Rigoberto Rivera Muñoz, who was found guilty in... Read more

Cardinal George Pell outside the Hotel Quirinale in Rome, March 3, 2016.

Cardinal Pell's appeal process to begin in June

An Australian court announced Wednesday that Cardinal George Pell's application for leave to appeal his conviction of sexual abuse will... Read more

Cardinal George Pell speaks with journalists after being charged with sexual abuse, June 29, 2017.

Pell lawyer will remain on legal team, despite report he would quit

Robert Richter, Cardinal George Pell's defense lawyer, said Tuesday that he has not quit the prelate's legal team. A Melbourne... Read more

Cardinal George Pell arrives at Melbourne County Court on Feb. 27, 2019.

Australian bishops respond to Pell verdict

Following news of Cardinal George Pell’s conviction of sexual abuse of minors, several bishops in Australia have have said they... Read more

Archbishop Luigi Ventura, then-Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, speaks at a Mass and Concert held in Ottawa, April 2, 2009.

French European minister calls on Holy See to revoke nuncio's diplomatic immunity

France's European affairs minister encouraged the Holy See last week to aid in an investigation of the apostolic nuncio to... Read more

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

Abuse summit follow-up to include new child protection law for Vatican

A Vatican spokesman said Sunday that concrete follow-up to this week’s abuse summit will include a new law on child... Read more

Pope Francis takes part in a penitential liturgy during a Vatican summit on sex abuse Feb. 23, 2019.

'What have I failed to do?' - Pope leads bishops in abuse crisis examination of conscience

Pope Francis Saturday led the presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences in a penitential liturgy and examination of conscience on... Read more

Detroit Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

After AG report, Michigan dioceses clarify cooperation in reporting abuse

Catholic dioceses in the state of Michigan are reaffirming their commitment to reporting sex abuse, while asking for clarifications about... Read more

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay speaks at a Vatican press conference, Oct. 22, 2015.

Cardinal Gracias emphasizes collegiality to address sex abuse

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay called Friday for the “entire Church” to “act decisively to prevent abuse from occurring in... Read more

A protest against sex abuse is held Feb. 19 in San Silvestro Square in Rome.

In private meeting, victims tell leaders of abuse summit: 'We want action'

About a dozen victims of clergy sexual abuse met Wednesday with the organizing committee of the Vatican sex abuse summit,... Read more

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana.

Notre Dame rescinds McCarrick's honorary degree

The University of Notre Dame has rescinded the honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degree it conferred on former Cardinal Theodore... Read more