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A pilgrim prays the Rosary in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience with Pope Francis. Oct. 29, 2014.

Youth synod final document addresses 'all types of abuse'

Oct 27, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The prevention of sex abuse and abuse in all its forms is a topic of the 2018 Synod of Bishops’... Read more

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Film spurs hundreds of abuse allegations in Poland as crisis spreads to Europe

Oct 15, 2018

A Polish film depicting unsavory characters as clerics has broken box office records and sparked a wave of sexual abuse... Read more

Cardinal George Pell speaks with CNA at the Vatican March 17 2016.

Cardinal Pell's court hearing weighs evidence for abuse allegations

Mar 29, 2018

A hearing will that will decide whether Cardinal George Pell will go on trial for alleged abuse came to a... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Sept. 2, 2015.

A 2015 letter detailed allegations against Barros. Did the Pope receive it?

Feb 5, 2018

A Chilean survivor of sexual abuse says that he wrote a to Pope Francis letter in 2015, claiming that Bishop... Read more

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Peru officials charge Chicago man in connection with Sodalitium abuse scandal

Dec 18, 2017

Peruvian officials have charged Chicago area resident Jeffrey Daniels with abuse that occurred while he was part of the Catholic... Read more

Why 'Silence Breakers' are key in any abuse crisis

Dec 10, 2017

By Mary Farrow

This week, TIME Magazine announced a group of women and men as their collective Person of the Year.  Read more

Updated: What society can learn from the Catholic Church regarding child protection

Nov 1, 2017

By Mary Farrow

One month after an avalanche of sexual assault accusations were lobbed against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, another Hollywood scandal broke.  Read more

Brutal Regensburg report hailed as step in the right direction

Jul 20, 2017

By Elise Harris

A member of Pope Francis' commission to protect minors says a new report on the abuse of more than 500... Read more

Report claims decades of abuse against 500 German choir boys

Jul 18, 2017

A new report claims that more students of a prestigious German choir were subjected to physical abuse than originally thought,... Read more

Call for prayers, reform follow deadly fire at Guatemala girls' shelter

Mar 10, 2017

There is mourning in Guatemala after at least 35 girls perished in a fire at a state-run home for youth,... Read more

Vatican bars Sodalit founder from contact with members

Feb 10, 2017

A newly released decree from the Vatican's congregation for religious life states that the founder of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae,... Read more

Sodalits agree to pay 2.8 million dollars in reparations to abuse victims

Jan 25, 2017

The Sodalitium Christianae Vitae announced Saturday that 66 persons can be considered victims of abuse of mistreatment by members of... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square April 13, 2016.

Pope kicks off new year renewing 'zero tolerance' policy on abuse

Jan 2, 2017

By Elise Harris

In a letter sent to bishops around the world for the feast of the Holy Innocents, Pope Francis lamented the... Read more

Report released on abuse scandal in Sodalitium Christianae Vitae

Apr 21, 2016

On Saturday an ethics commission created to investigate and offer proposals surrounding accusations of abuse against the founder of the... Read more

Maura Byrne, founder of Made in His Image. Photo courtesy of Maura Byrne.

Beauty in suffering: How one woman is fighting the stigma of therapy

Dec 22, 2015

By Mary Farrow

Maura Byrne was terrified to go to therapy for the first time.  Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard his flight from Philadelphia to Rome Sept. 27, 2015.

Full transcript of Pope Francis' inflight interview from Philadelphia to Rome

Sep 28, 2015

In a 47 minute Q&A with journalists on his way back to Rome Pope Francis touched on sensitive topics such... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to bishops in Philadelphia Sept. 17, 2015.

'God cries' for victims of abuse, Pope says after meeting survivors

Sep 27, 2015

Pope Francis this morning met with 5 survivors of sexual abuse during his visit to Philadelphia, telling bishops afterward that... Read more

Minn. archdiocese continues to seek justice in sex abuse accusations

Sep 4, 2015

The Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul has removed two priests from ministry pending investigation of sex abuse allegations, while it has... Read more

Maura Byrne, founder of Made in His Image. Photo courtesy of Maura Byrne.

Beauty in suffering: How one woman is fighting the stigma of therapy

Jan 4, 2015

By Mary Farrow

Maura Byrne was terrified to go to therapy for the first time.    Read more