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United States | On the Commemoration of the Anniversary of Pope Francis’s Election

United States – On behalf of the United States Government, I wish to congratulate His Holiness Pope Francis on the sixth anniversary of his election to the papacy. I appreciate his steadfast leadership in promoting peace and advancing religious freedom and human rights around the world. While the U.S.-Vatican friendship dates back to the founding … Continue reading United States | On the Commemoration of the Anniversary of Pope Francis’s Election

United States | On the Commemoration of the Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Election

United States – On behalf of the United States Government, I wish to congratulate His Holiness Pope Francis on the sixth anniversary of his election to the Holy See of Rome. I appreciate his steadfast leadership to promoting peace and advancing religious freedom and human rights around the world. While the U.S.-Vatican friendship dates back … Continue reading United States | On the Commemoration of the Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Election

Australian Cardinal Pell to spend his first night in prison

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse was sent to prison on Wednesday and will wait two weeks to learn his sentence for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. Victorian state County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd revoked Cardinal George Pell’s bail at … Continue reading Australian Cardinal Pell to spend his first night in prison

Pell’s trial draws attention to court suppression orders

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell’s trial on child abuse charges is probably the highest profile criminal case ever shrouded in secrecy by an Australian suppression order. The ban on media reporting of his trial in any format accessible from Australia accentuated the free-speech arguments against such court orders that are commonplace in every … Continue reading Pell’s trial draws attention to court suppression orders

The Latest: Victim of Cardinal Pell sex abuse speaks out

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the sex abuse case against Cardinal George Pell (all times local): 1:40 p.m. An Australian man who was sexually abused decades ago by Cardinal George Pell says he has experienced “shame, loneliness, depression and struggle.” The man issued a statement after it was publicly revealed that Pell had … Continue reading The Latest: Victim of Cardinal Pell sex abuse speaks out

Most senior Catholic charged with child sex abuse convicted

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse has been convicted of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass, dealing a new blow to the Catholic hierarchy’s credibility after a year of global revelations of abuse and cover-up. Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis‘ top financial adviser and the … Continue reading Most senior Catholic charged with child sex abuse convicted

Pope’s sex abuse summit: What it did and didn’t do

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis‘ summit on preventing sexual abuse was never going to meet the expectations placed on it by victims groups, the media and ordinary Catholics outraged over a scandal that has harmed so many and compromised the church’s moral authority so much. Indeed, no sweeping new law was announced to punish … Continue reading Pope’s sex abuse summit: What it did and didn’t do

VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Vatican City to get a child protection policy

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis‘ summit at the Vatican on preventing clergy sex abuse (all times local): 1:55 p.m. The Vatican has announced it will soon issue a child protection policy and guidelines for preventing sexual abuse of minors for Vatican City State. The Associated Press reported last year that Vatican … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Vatican City to get a child protection policy

VATICAN CITY | Argentine bishop’s case overshadows pope’s sex abuse summit

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis may have wrapped up his clergy sex abuse prevention summit at the Vatican, but a scandal over an Argentine bishop close to him is only gaining steam. The Associated Press has reported that the Vatican knew as early as 2015 about Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta’s inappropriate behavior with seminarians. Yet … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Argentine bishop’s case overshadows pope’s sex abuse summit

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis ends summit on clergy sex abuse; vows to confront abusers with the “wrath of God” and prioritize victims

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis ends summit on clergy sex abuse; vows to confront abusers with the “wrath of God” and prioritize victims. By Associated Press

VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Pope vows to confront predators, end cover-ups

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis‘ summit at the Vatican on preventing clergy sex abuse (all times local): 11 a.m. Pope Francis has concluded his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing to confront abusers with “the wrath of God,” end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize victims of … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Pope vows to confront predators, end cover-ups

VATICAN CITY | Pope vows to end cover-ups, fight sex abuse with God’s wrath

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis closed out his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing Sunday to confront abusers with “the wrath of God,” end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize the victims of this “brazen, aggressive and destructive evil.” Francis delivered his remarks at the end of Mass before 190 … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope vows to end cover-ups, fight sex abuse with God’s wrath

VATICAN CITY | Women take Catholic bishops to task at Vatican abuse summit

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A prominent Nigerian nun blasted the culture of silence that has long kept clergy sexual abuse hidden in the Catholic Church, telling Catholic leaders Saturday that they must transparently admit their mistakes to restore trust among the faithful. A Mexican journalist followed up, telling the bishops and others at Pope Francis‘ … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Women take Catholic bishops to task at Vatican abuse summit

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: LIGHTS, CAMERA, CLUES Chicago’s vast network of surveillance cameras, with more than 32,000 mounted on buildings, poles, train tunnels and elsewhere, helped police break the case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. REAL CHANGE AT LONG LAST? Cardinals attending … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

VATICAN CITY | Vatican summit on sex abuse focuses calls for accountability

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals attending Pope Francis‘ summit on preventing clergy sex abuse called Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors when they fail to protect their flocks from predator priests. On the second day of Francis’ extraordinary gathering of Catholic leaders, the debate … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Vatican summit on sex abuse focuses calls for accountability

VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Cardinal condemns how church handles sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Vatican’s conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests (all times local): 5:45 p.m. A Colombian cardinal has warned fellow Roman Catholic bishops at a Vatican summit they could be imprisoned for covering up crimes if they don’t properly deal with clergy sex abuse cases. In a … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Cardinal condemns how church handles sex abuse

VATICAN CITY | Pope demands bishops act now on abuse; victims speak of pain

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis opened a landmark sex abuse prevention summit Thursday by warning senior Catholic figures that the faithful are demanding concrete action against predator priests and not just words of condemnation. Victims then told the bishops of the searing emotional pain of their abuse. Francis opened the four-day summit by telling … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope demands bishops act now on abuse; victims speak of pain

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: ‘EMPIRE’ ACTOR GOES FROM VICTIM TO ACCUSED FELON “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett turns himself in to face accusations that he filed a false police report when he told authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men. FIRE … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Pope demands bishops act now to end sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Vatican’s conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Catholic Church leaders attending a landmark Vatican summit on preventing clergy sex abuse have heard videotaped testimony from victims of the trauma of their abuse and the cruel indifference shown to them by … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Pope demands bishops act now to end sex abuse

VATICAN CITY | Pope demands bishops act now to end scourge of sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned church leaders summoned Thursday to a landmark sex abuse prevention summit that the Catholic faithful are demanding more than just condemnation of the crimes of priests but concrete action to respond to the scandal. Francis opened the four-day summit by telling the Catholic hierarchy that their own responsibility … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope demands bishops act now to end scourge of sex abuse

VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Pope says church’s attackers are linked to devil

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Vatican summit on dealing with sex abuse of minors (all times local): 11:55 a.m. Pope Francis says that those who are constantly attacking the church are linked to the devil. Francis on Wednesday told pilgrims from southern Italy that the church’s “defects” must be denounced in order … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Pope says church’s attackers are linked to devil

VATICAN CITY | Ending the silence on sex abuse: Vatican holds summit

VATICAN CITY (AP) — If Pope Francis needed a concrete example to justify summoning church leaders from around the globe to Rome for a tutorial on clergy sex abuse, Sister Bernardine Pemii has it. The nun, who recently completed a course on child protection policies at Rome’s Jesuit university, has been advising her bishop in … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Ending the silence on sex abuse: Vatican holds summit

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | The Latest: UAE says 180,000 were at papal Mass in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United Arab Emirates (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Authorities in the United Arab Emirates say some 180,000 people have attended Mass by Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi, the first on the Arabian Peninsula. Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti gave the … Continue reading ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | The Latest: UAE says 180,000 were at papal Mass in Abu Dhabi

Pope Francis to hold historic Mass on Arabian Peninsula

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pope Francis will turn his attention Tuesday to the thriving Catholic community in the United Arab Emirates as he concludes his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula. A day after making a broad appeal for Christian and Muslim leaders to work together to promote peace and reject war, … Continue reading Pope Francis to hold historic Mass on Arabian Peninsula

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates: The Latest: Pope on first papal visit to Arabian Peninsula

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis‘ visit to the United Arab Emirates (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Pope Francis has been greeted by Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on his arrival to the Arabian Peninsula. A young boy and girl in traditional Emirati … Continue reading ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates: The Latest: Pope on first papal visit to Arabian Peninsula

MADRID | The Latest: Pope urges Europe to help 49 stranded migrants

MADRID — Jan 06, 2019—The Latest on Europe’s migrant situation (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Pope Francis has appealed to European leaders to show concrete solidarity to 49 migrants stranded aboard a pair of rescue vessels. Francis, addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, noted that the migrants, rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, have … Continue reading MADRID | The Latest: Pope urges Europe to help 49 stranded migrants

VATICAN CITY | Pope to politicians: Unacceptable to blame migrants for evil

VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis says political speeches that harangue migrants and the poor are “unacceptable.” Francis issued his annual peace message, which was dedicated this year to the need for politics to promote peace. In listing the virtues and vices of politics, Francis said nationalism was one threat to peace because it destroys trust in … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope to politicians: Unacceptable to blame migrants for evil

VATICAN CITY | Kids at a Vatican charity give Pope Francis a birthday cake

VATICAN CITY — Children who frequent a Vatican pediatric dispensary have given Pope Francis a birthday cake, a day before he turns 82. Francis joked with them Sunday, saying he hoped “such a big cake doesn’t give indigestion” and blew out a candle atop the treat decorated in the Vatican’s yellow-and-white official colors. He said … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Kids at a Vatican charity give Pope Francis a birthday cake

VATICAN CITY  | Pope’s accuser returns to accuse brother in inheritance saga

VATICAN CITY  — The retired Vatican ambassador who convulsed the Holy See with accusations of sex abuse cover-up is offering his side of the story in a different scandal: a family fight over a multi-million dollar € inheritance. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano is trying to explain an Italian court ruling requiring him to pay his … Continue reading VATICAN CITY  | Pope’s accuser returns to accuse brother in inheritance saga