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Pope Francis uses a cane to walk at his general audience on Nov. 29, 2023.

Pope Francis greets French abuse victims at Vatican

Nov 29, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis met a group of abuse victims from France at his residence on Tuesday afternoon. Read more

Father Hans Zollner.

Celibacy is not a direct cause of sexual abuse, Jesuit expert says

Sep 29, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

The psychologist said that “celibacy is not a direct cause of abuse; what can become a risk factor is a... Read more


Court rules Church in Costa Rica must pay $100,000 compensation to sex-abuse victim

Aug 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

A lower court ruled Aug. 23 that the Church must pay the compensation to a victim of sexual abuse committed... Read more

Victims of clergy sexual abuse, activists, and lawyers gather in Rome, Feb. 21, 2020.

Argentine clergy abuse victims in Rome, one year after Vatican summit

Feb 21, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

One year after the Vatican hosted a summit on the abuse crisis, three former students of an Argentine institute which... Read more

Sara Oviedo speaks at a rally for abuse victims in Rome's Piazza del Popolo Feb. 23, 2019.

Pennsylvania lawmaker speaks at abuse victim rally in Rome

Feb 23, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pennsylvania State Rep. Mark Rozzi spoke during a rally held by victim advocacy groups in Rome’s city center Saturday, saying... Read more

Pope Francis in the synod hall of the Vatican Oct. 3, 2018.

Francis opens abuse summit with call for 'concrete measures'

Feb 21, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

At the start of the Vatican’s sex abuse summit Thursday, Pope Francis pointed to expectations for the meeting to produce... Read more

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

New Jersey bishops finalizing plans to compensate sex abuse victims

Dec 15, 2018

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

Pope Francis at Knock Shrine Aug. 26, 2018.

Pope Francis prays for Irish people in visit to Knock

Aug 26, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Sunday during a quick visit to Knock Shrine in county Mayo, Pope Francis entrusted the Irish people to the... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square for the general audience Sept. 21, 2016.

Pope likely to meet with abuse victims in Dublin

Aug 21, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis is likely to meet with victims of clerical sexual abuse later this week, a papal spokesman announced on... Read more

US bishops support day of prayer for sex abuse victims

Sep 19, 2016

In light of Pope Francis' call to pray for the victims of sexual abuse, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops... Read more