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French cardinal to go on trial over child abuse cover up

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, is to stand trial along with five others from his diocese over allegations that they helped cover up abuse.

ON TRIAL. In this file photo taken on April 03, 2016 Roman Catholic Cardinal, Archbishop of Lyon, Philippe Barbarin leads a mass, in Saint-Jean cathedral in Lyon. Photo by Jeff Pachoud / AFP

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops for sex abuse of minors

Oct 13, 2018 - 7:47 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A total of 167 bishops, priests, and lay members of the church are now under investigation for sexual crimes committed in the South American country since 1960

VISIT. Chile's President Sebastian Pinera (2L) and his wife Cecilia Morel (R) exchange gifts with Pope Francis (2R) during a private audience at the Vatican on October 13, 2018. Photo by Alessandro Bianchi/POOL/AFP

Irish PM urges action on abuse as Pope admits 'shame and pain'

Aug 25, 2018 - 6:36 PM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis is in Ireland to close the 2018 World Meeting of Families

ARRIVAL. Pope Francis disembarks from the plane on his arrival at Dublin International Airport on August 25, 2018, at the start of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

SG church leaders jailed for funding singing career of pastor's wife

Nov 20, 2015 - 5:30 PM

City Harvest Church head pastor Kong Hee used millions of dollars in church funds to help his pop singer wife break into the English language market

The 6 City Harvest Church leaders – the founder Kong Hee (top C), Serina Wee, former finance manager (top L), Sharon Tan (top R), Tan Ye Peng (bottom L), John Lam (bottom C), and Chew Eng Han (bottom R) – arrive at the district state courts in Singapore on October 21, 2015. They lavished $36 million on a failed bid to turn the pastor's glamorous wife into a global pop star, and have been convicted of misusing church funds. Photo by Roslan Rahman/Agence France-Presse

Singapore pastor arrested over misuse of $18m

Jun 26, 2012 - 5:55 PM

The founder of one of Singapore s richest churches was arrested on allegations of misusing US 18 M in donations