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Pennsylvania News: AG Josh Shapiro Details Findings of Grand Jury Investigation, Child Sex Abuse by Catholic Priests

Shapiro Stands with Abuse Survivors, Challenges PA Bishops to Endorse Grand Jury’s Recommended Reforms in State Law HARRISBURG, PA – Surrounded by survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, Attorney General Josh Shapiro Tuesday, August 14th, revealed the comprehensive findings of a statewide investigative grand jury that spent two years uncovering abuse of children by priests, … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: AG Josh Shapiro Details Findings of Grand Jury Investigation, Child Sex Abuse by Catholic Priests

BARI, Italy  | Pope and Orthodox patriarchs pray for Mideast Christians

BARI, Italy  — Pope Francis denounced the “complicit silence” that has allowed violence to consume the Middle East and drive tens of thousands of Christians from their homes, during a remarkable gathering Saturday of Orthodox patriarchs and Catholic leaders united in praying for peace in the region. Francis hosted the daylong ecumenical service in the … Continue reading BARI, Italy  | Pope and Orthodox patriarchs pray for Mideast Christians

Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

SANTIAGO, Chile/January 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop … Continue reading Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

Activists in Chile say pope must apologize for priest abuse

SANTIAGO, Chile/January 15, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — Hours before Pope Francis was set to arrive in Chile Monday, activists on issues related to sex abuse by priests called for sanctions against both abusers and anyone who helped cover up their actions. About 200 people attended the first of several activities aimed at making the sex abuse scandal a … Continue reading Activists in Chile say pope must apologize for priest abuse

The Latest: Homeless children in Mexico get Epiphany gifts

VATICAN CITY/January 06, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the Epiphany observances Christians in many parts of the world are holding: (all times local): 7:45 p.m. In Mexico City, aid workers brought toys and other gifts to brighten the Epiphany holiday for children living in dozens of makeshift tent camps more than three months after a deadly … Continue reading The Latest: Homeless children in Mexico get Epiphany gifts

Pope on Christmas: Bethlehem trek’s like today’s migrations

VATICAN CITY/December 24, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Pope Francis in Christmas Eve remarks Sunday likened the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to the migrations of millions of people today who are forced to leave homelands for a better life, or just for survival, and he expressed hope that no one will feel “there is … Continue reading Pope on Christmas: Bethlehem trek’s like today’s migrations

Devoutly Catholic Guam celebrates Mass amid N. Korea threat

TUMON, Guam/August 12, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Across Guam — where nearly everyone is Roman Catholic — priests prayed for peace as residents of the U.S. Pacific island territory faced a missile threat from North Korea. Archbishop Michael Byrnes instructed priests in Guam’s 26 churches to offer prayers for peace between the two nations and courage … Continue reading Devoutly Catholic Guam celebrates Mass amid N. Korea threat

Pope comforts sister of French priest slain by extremists

ROME/April 22, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Pope Francis on Saturday comforted the sister of an elderly French priest who was slain by Islamic militants in a church in Normandy as the pontiff paid tribute with a special prayer service to the courage of 20th- and 21st- century Christian martyrs. Francis gripped the hands of Roselyne Hamel, … Continue reading Pope comforts sister of French priest slain by extremists