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Pope Francis.

Pope: 'I will not say a single word' on Vigano's allegations of cover-up

Aug 26, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Sunday that he will not comment on claims by a former Vatican ambassador to the U.S. that... Read more

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

Ex-nuncio accuses Pope Francis of failing to act on McCarrick's abuse reports

Aug 25, 2018

In an 11-page written testament, a former apostolic nuncio to the United States has accused several senior prelates of complicity... Read more

Pennsylvania capitol.

Does the Pa. grand jury report mean changes for statutes of limitations?

Aug 17, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Following a major grand jury report on past sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses of Pennsylvania, discussions continue over whether... Read more

Pope Francis.

'Shame and sorrow' – Holy See responds to Pennsylvania report

Aug 16, 2018

The Holy See on Thursday denounced sexual abuse and called for accountability for both perpetrators and leaders who covered up... Read more

Bishop Edward Scarfenberger. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Albany

Albany bishop: Lay commission should investigate claims against bishops

Aug 6, 2018

The Bishop of Albany said Monday that a commission of lay Catholics should be formed to investigate claims of abuse... Read more

Cardinal Tobin.

Cardinal Tobin: McCarrick's resignation necessary for accountability

Jul 30, 2018

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark responded Saturday to Archbishop Theodore McCarrick's resignation from the college of cardinals, which came amid numerous allegations... Read more

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

New sexual abuse allegations leveled against Cardinal McCarrick

Jul 19, 2018

A Virginia man filed a police report Monday, alleging that from the age of 11, he was sexually abused and... Read more

Archbishop Philip Wilson. CNA file photo

Australian archbishop sentenced to year's detention for not reporting sexual abuse

Jul 2, 2018

The Archbishop of Adelaide was sentenced Tuesday to a 12-month sentence after being convicted in May of failing to report... Read more

Vanity Fair ad takes '#MeToo' campaign to victims of religious violence

Jun 5, 2018

By Elise Harris

A new ad in the Italian edition of Vanity Fair magazine has given the global #MeToo movement another dimension, shining... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square March 14, 2018.

Pope Francis begins meetings with Chilean clerical abuse victims

Jun 2, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis begins his second set of meetings with victims of Fr. Fernando Karadima, a Chilean priest who committed sexual... Read more

Screenshot: Archbishop Hebda speaking at a May 31 press conference.

Minn. archbishop hopeful that abuse settlement will help bring healing

May 31, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Announcing a $210 million agreement with sexual abuse victims, Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Saint Paul and Minneapolis said he hopes... Read more

Fathers Eugenio de la Fuente Lora, Alejandro Vial Amunátegui, and Francisco Javier Astaburuaga Ossa speak at a press conference in Santiago de Chile, May 23, 2018.

Clerical abuse arose from misuse of authority, Chilean priest says

May 23, 2018

By Elise Harris

One of the Chilean priests affected by the abuses of Fr. Fernando Karadima who will meet with Pope Francis in... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, March 14, 2018.

Pope to meet in June with Chilean clerical abuse victims

May 22, 2018

Pope Francis will meet for three days next month with victims of a Chilean priest who committed sexual abuse as... Read more

Pope Francis in January 2018.

Meeting abuse survivors, Pope apologizes for being 'part of the problem'

May 2, 2018

By Elise Harris

After meeting with Pope Francis over the weekend, Chilean survivors of clerical sexual abuse said the pontiff was open, sympathetic... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Facing criminal trial, Pell will remain on leave of absence from Vatican position

May 1, 2018

Cardinal George Pell will remain on a leave of absence from his Vatican position as he faces charges of “historic... Read more

Guam's Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica.

Update: Guilty verdict for Guam archbishop, appeal to follow

Mar 16, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Friday the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced the conclusion of a year-long trial against an... Read more

Archdiocese of Mexico backs sentence of priest jailed for abuse

Mar 15, 2018

The Archdiocese of Mexico reaffirmed its commitment to fighting sexual abuse and expressed its support for the 62-year jail sentence... Read more

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica, the seat of the Archbishop of Agana, Guam. Public Domain.

Slander lawsuit against Guam's suspended archbishop dismissed

Feb 16, 2018

A Guam court has dismissed part of a defamation lawsuit against Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Agana, who is facing several... Read more

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

Pope Francis regularly meets with abuse victims on Fridays

Feb 15, 2018

By Elise Harris

In a conversation with Jesuits during his recent visit to Peru, Pope Francis said he regularly meets with victims of... Read more

Emeritus bishop Marco Ordenes.

Chilean court dismisses case of bishop accused of abuse

Feb 1, 2018

The Iquique Court of Appeals in northern Chile has officially closed an investigation against the Bishop Emeritus of Iquique, Marco... Read more