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What Catholic universities are doing to address the sex abuse crisis

Late last summer, as accusations of abuse against then-cardinal Theodore McCarrick surfaced, a grand jury report from Pennsylvania detailed decades... Read more

Former New Jersey priest, credibly accused of abuse, shot dead

John Capparelli, a former priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, was found dead in his Nevada home Saturday. Caparelli had... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on Feb. 26, 2014.

Pope Francis: Martyred seminarians provide a witness for priests, bishops

Pope Francis said Sunday that the nine Spanish seminarian martyrs beatified this weekend provide a witness to priests and bishops... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the priests of the Diocese of Rome in the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, March 7, 2019.

Pope Francis: Abuse revelations are purifying the Church

God is purifying his Church through the painful revelations of the abuse scandals, so do not be discouraged, Pope Francis... Read more

A press briefing on the Vatican child abuse summit held at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum, Feb. 24, 2019.

Vatican abuse summit follow-up decides to hold more follow-ups

On Monday, in the Vatican’s first follow-up to last week’s child abuse summit, officials emphasized “encounter” and the need for... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx speaks at a Vatican press conference Feb. 23, 2019.

Cardinal Marx: Transparency is decisive in the credibility of the Church

Cardinal Reinhard Marx said Saturday that administration and transparency will be key to rebuilding the trustworthiness and credibility of the... Read more

Catholic Worker Movement women at sexual abuse victims' vigil in Rome Feb. 21, 2019.

Women of Catholic Worker Movement on prayerful pilgrimage for abuse summit

American women from the Catholic Worker Movement are in Rome this week to pray for the Vatican’s sexual abuse summit... Read more

Pope Francis at the meeting on protection of minors in the Church in the Vatican's New Synod Hall, Feb. 21, 2019.

Pope proposes 21 'reflection points' for discussion at abuse summit

Pope Francis on Thursday gave participants in a Vatican summit on protection of minors in the Church a list of... Read more

Benjamin Kitobo (C) speaks at a gathering of clerical sex abuse victims and advocates outside St. Peter's Square, Feb. 20, 2019.

Victims from Africa, Asia at Vatican to call for 'zero tolerance' of abuse cover-up

While studying at an African minor seminary at the age of 14, Benjamin Kitobo says he was abused by a... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Chilean bishops in the sacristy of the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, Jan. 16, 2018.

Chilean whistleblower to meet with bishops, victims ahead of abuse summit

Juan Carlos Cruz, a clerical sex abuse whistleblower and a victim of Fr. Fernando Karadima, will meet with bishops and... Read more

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia archdiocese has authorized $8.4 million to abuse victims

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has so far authorized more than $8.4 million in compensation to survivors of child sexual abuse... Read more

Religious superiors voice shame over child abuse failings

Superiors general of men’s and women’s religious communities expressed sorrow Tuesday for sexual abuse committed within religious congregations and orders... Read more

Then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick arrives at the Vatican on March 5, 2013.

McCarrick labeled 'permanently removed from ministry' in list of accused clergy

The Archdiocese of Newark released a list of names of credibly accused clergy on Wednesday, including disgraced former archbishop of... Read more

Pope Francis boards the papal plane in Rome, Jan. 15, 2018.

Pope says Church is working to end abuse of women religious by clerics

Pope Francis said Tuesday he is aware that mistreatment and abuse of religious women by clerics is still a problem,... Read more

Pope Francis & Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti aboard the papal plane Jan. 28, 2019.

Pope Francis outlines key priorities for February sex abuse summit

Speaking on the papal flight returning from Panama, the pope said he wanted the world’s bishops to receive a “catechesis”... Read more

Brenda Noriega (far R) speaks at a World Youth Day Press Conference in Panama City, Jan. 26, 2019.

Youth minister: Pope Francis emphasized prayer in response to sex abuse crisis

A diocesan youth minister who lunched with Pope Francis Saturday said that he spoke about the necessity of prayer in... Read more

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Hagatna, Guam. (public domain)

Guam archdiocese files for bankruptcy following sex abuse lawsuits

The Archdiocese of Agaña has filed for bankruptcy in federal court in the wake of numerous sex abuse allegations. The... Read more

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, apostolic preacher, gives an Advent sermon at Redemptoris Mater Chapel of the Vatican, Dec. 15, 2017.

Father Cantalamessa preaching to US bishops on retreat this week

The bishops of the US are gathered near Chicago for a week-long retreat directed by Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap.,... Read more

Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Salt Lake City diocese releases list of priests credibly accused of abuse

Following suit with many other Catholic dioceses throughout the United States in recent months, the Diocese of Salt Lake City,... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ.

New Jersey bishops finalizing plans to compensate sex abuse victims

In the wake of sex abuse allegations against a former cardinal, the Catholic bishops of New Jersey have announced the... Read more