Roman Catholicism

February 17, 2018 - 12:10 pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Records obtained by a newspaper show that the teen accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school cut his arms while posting on a social media site and said he wanted to buy a gun in September 2016, more than a year before the massacre. The Sun-Sentinel reports the...
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February 17, 2018 - 11:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A Vatican sex-crimes investigator is meeting in New York with one of the key victims in the Chilean abuse scandal that involves a bishop Pope Francis has vigorously defended. The meeting on Saturday between Archbishop Charles Scicluna and whistleblower Juan Carlos Cruz will take...
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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Santa Marta chapel at the Vatican, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
February 17, 2018 - 8:17 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission by naming new members Saturday, after coming under fire for his overall handling of the scandal and his support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. The announcement of the...
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February 16, 2018 - 4:53 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Mary Ann Glendon, has resigned from the board of the Vatican bank in the latest vote of no-confidence in the bank's efforts to turn itself around. The Institute for Religious Works said Friday that Glendon was leaving to "devote more...
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February 15, 2018 - 1:46 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Roman Catholic diocese where two priests were killed earlier this month has withdrawn all nuns from the hyper-violent city of Chilapa in southern Mexico. The diocese said in a statement that the parents of one of the nuns had been killed and that their school had to close for...
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Pope Francis arrives at the Basilica of Saint Anselmo prior to walking in procession to the Basilica of Santa Sabina before the Ash Wednesday mass opening Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Pope Francis is marking Ash Wednesday with prayer and a solemn procession between two churches on one of ancient Rome's seven hills. (Filippo Monteforte/POOL PHOTO via AP)
February 15, 2018 - 9:32 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Thursday that Pope Francis meets frequently with victims of sexual abuse, seeking to defuse a mounting scandal over his unbridled support for a Chilean bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. Spokesman Greg Burke said in a statement...
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February 15, 2018 - 8:58 am
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest accused of molesting two boys in North Dakota in the 1990s has pleaded not guilty. Fernando Sayasaya was recently returned to the United States from the Philippines, where he had been since 1998. He entered his pleas Thursday to two counts of felony gross...
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In this Feb. 11, 2018 photo, Juan Carlos Cruz, victim of Chilean pedophile priest Fernando Karadima, poses for a portrait in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cruz will testify on Feb. 17, 2018 before the Vatican's onetime sex crimes investigator in a spinoff case that has raised questions about Pope Francis' already shaky track record on combatting sex abuse and cover-up. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
February 14, 2018 - 8:40 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — When a Vatican court convicted a Chilean predator priest of sex crimes, it went out of its way to affirm the credibility of his victims. Their testimony had been consistent and corroborated, while their motives in coming forward had been only to "free themselves of a weight that...
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February 14, 2018 - 5:23 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lawyers for the most senior Catholic cleric to face sex charges have told an Australian court that the allegations stemmed from publicity surrounding a national inquiry into child abuse three years ago. Cardinal George Pell was charged last year with offenses involving...
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February 13, 2018 - 12:48 pm
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Michael Laver, Rochester Institute of Technology (THE CONVERSATION) This coming Wednesday many Christians will arrive at work with a black cross smudged on their foreheads; countless...
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