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Sex abuse survivors describe horrors to world's bishops

Feb 22, 2019 - 7:02 AM

Quotes from the landmark summit at the Vatican on the protection of minors from video testimonies of survivors of clerical pedophilia relating their traumatic experiences

END ABUSE. Members of Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA), a global organization of prominent survivors and activists, hold a protest gathering on February 21, 2019 by the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, with the Vatican's St. Peter's basilica in background. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Cardinal Tagle at sex abuse summit: Bishops wound victims

Feb 21, 2019 - 8:25 PM

At a historic Vatican summit on sex abuse, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle hits a culture of cover-up 'to protect perpetrators and the institution'

HISTORIC SUMMIT. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers the first presentation on February 21, 2019, the first day of a historic sex abuse summit convened by Pope Francis. Screenshot from Vatican News

'Concrete measures' on sex abuse needed, pope tells Vatican summit

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'We humbly and sorrowfully admit that wounds have been inflicted by us bishops on the victims and in fact the entire body of Christ,' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle tells the assembly

PRAYER. Pope Francis prays during the opening of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, on February 21, 2019 at the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Pool/AFP

Red-letter summit on sex abuse opens at Vatican

Feb 21, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Pope Francis sets aside three and a half days to convince Catholic bishops to tackle pedophilia in a bid to contain a scandal which hit an already beleaguered Church

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 02, 2018 people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former diplomat to the embassy of the Holy See in Washington who was recalled last year after the U.S. State Department said he may have violated child pornography laws, was under arrest today in Vatican, announced on April 7, 2018 the Holy See.  TIZIANA FABI / AFP

Duterte hits Church ahead of sex abuse summit

Feb 20, 2019 - 8:08 PM

'The Pope is now calling for a summit to address this particular problem because 4 out of 5, sabi ng Rome, ang pari bakla,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a message as he meets with the barangay councilors from the 4th district of Quezon City in Malacañang on February 6, 2019. Malacañang photo

Sex abuse survivors spell out Catholic Church challenge

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Victims' groups lay out demands as the Vatican is set to hold a global child abuse summit

JUSTICE. Survivors of sexual abuse by priests and clergy stand before photos of accused religious men during a news conference with lawyer Jeff Anderson of Jeff Anderson & Associates on February 14, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America/AFP

World bishops head to Vatican for sex abuse summit

Feb 17, 2019 - 10:16 AM

'The credibility of the Church is at stake,' says Father Federico Lombardi, who will be leading debates during the conference

JUSTICE. Pope Francis vows to never again ignore allegations of abuse. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

McCarrick defrocking 'a clear signal' abuse won't be tolerated – U.S. bishops

Feb 16, 2019 - 11:12 PM

'For all those McCarrick abused, I pray this judgment will be one small step, among many, toward healing,' says US Conference of Catholic Bishops

ABUSE. Evidence of sexual abuse was found against former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP

Vatican defrocks former U.S. cardinal over sex abuse claims

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:02 PM

(UPDATED) Theodore McCarrick is the first cardinal ever to be defrocked for sex abuse

France probes sexual assault claim against Vatican envoy

Feb 15, 2019 - 9:43 PM

The envoy, 74-year-old Luigi Ventura, is accused of molesting a man at the Paris townhall on January 17 when Mayor Anne Hidalgo gave a New Year's address to diplomats, religious leaders, and civil society figures

ENVOY. French President Emannuel Macron (L) shakes hands with Apostolic Nuncio to France Luigi Ventura during his New Year wishes to the diplomatic corps on January 4, 2018, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

'We exist' LGBT say in message to pope in Panama

Jan 26, 2019 - 11:30 AM

"Together as a community, we are saying: We are here," says a 21-year-old protestor

'LOVE IS LOVE.' A couple kisses during a "Besaton" (kiss marathon) in the framework of a demonstration by members of the LGBT community and activists, to make visible sexual and gender diversity during Pope Francis' visit to Panama for the World Youth Day on Juanury 25, 2019. Photo by Raul Arboleda / AFP

Pope Francis vows justice for victims of 'vile' sex abuse

Jan 07, 2019 - 10:25 PM

'I cannot refrain from speaking of one of the plagues of our time, which sadly has also involved some members of the clergy,' says Pope Francis

Pope Francis (R) takes part in an audience with the Members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See for the traditional exchange of New Year greetings in the Sala Regia at the Vatican on January 7, 2019.  Ettore FERRARI / POOL / AFP

U.S. clergy abuse survivors demand inclusion in Vatican reforms

Jan 03, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Two survivors' advocacy groups in the US send an open letter to Pope Francis asking to be a part of a historic gathering that the Catholic leader called for in February at the Vatican

St Peter's basilica reflects in a puddle of Via della Conciliazione on May 9, 2018 in Rome.  Tiziana FABI / AFP

Politics is not just for the rulers, says Pope

Jan 01, 2019 - 9:52 PM

'We are all responsible for the life of the 'city', of the common good; and politics too is good to the extent that each one plays their part in the service of peace,' says Pope Francis

NEW YEAR. Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the Apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's square during the New Year Angelus prayer in the Vatican on January 1, 2019. Photo by Alberto Pizzioli/AFP

Vatican spokesman and his deputy resign

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:59 PM

Pope Francis 'has accepted the resignation of the director and deputy director of the press office of the Vatican, Greg Burke and Paloma Garcia Ovejero, and named Alessandro Gisotti as acting director,' it says in a statement

RESIGNATIONS. This handout file picture released by the Osservatore Romano and taken on July 11, 2016, shows Pope Francis (C), Greg Burke (R) and Paloma Garcia Ovejero (L) posing at the Vatican. - File photo by Osservatore Romano/AFP

Second Chinese underground bishop steps aside

Dec 19, 2018 - 4:46 PM

There are an estimated 10 million Catholics in China, divided between a government-run association whose clergy are chosen by the Communist Party, and the unofficial church loyal to the Vatican

Chinese tourists take pictures in front of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, or Shishi Catholic Church, in Guangzhou, in Guangdong province on September 22, 2018. China and the Vatican will push to improve bilateral ties after the two sides signed a "provisional" agreement on the appointment of bishops, the Chinese foreign ministry said on September 22, 2018. Johannes EISELE / AFP

Vatican elevates 2 Philippine shrines to minor basilicas

Dec 17, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The Philippines has now a total of 15 minor basilicas

MINOR BASILICAS. The Vatican gives the title minor basilica to the Shrines of Mount Carmel in Quezon City and La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc in Ilocos Norte. La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc photo from La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc - Coronada Facebook page; Lady of Mount Carmel photo from MtCarmel Shrine Facebook page

Bishop from China's underground Catholic church steps down – state media

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The bishop's decision to step aside follows a rare visit by an official Vatican delegation to Beijing

CATHOLICISM IN CHINA. Robes used by clergy are seen in a room in a Catholic church in China's central Henan province on August 13, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Pope Francis reveals team organizing anti-pedophilia summit

Nov 23, 2018 - 11:13 PM

The organizing team will prepare a special meeting on the protection of children to be held in February

FORGIVENESS. Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Drum Crescent, Knock, County Mayo on August 26, 2018, on the second day of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

Polish bishops apologize for child sex abuse by priests

Nov 20, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'We ask pardon of God, of all victims of sexual abuse, of their families, and of the entire Church community for all hurt inflicted on children and young people, as well as their families, by priests, believers, and lay people employed by the Church'

POLISH PRELATE. In this file photo, Stanislaw Dziwisz, Polish prelate (left) delivers his speech as Pope Francis meets with Polish bishops at Wawel royal castle's cathedral in Krakow, on July 27, 2016 during World Youth Days (WYD). Photo by Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

HOAX: Vatican ‘prohibits’ priests, nuns from joining political rallies

Nov 16, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Nuns and priests are not excommunicated for joining political rallies, according to the CBCP

Pakistan overturns Christian woman's blasphemy death sentence

Oct 31, 2018 - 12:52 PM

'The appeal is allowed. She has been acquitted. The judgement of high court as well as trial court is reversed. Her conviction is set aside,' says Pakistan's Chief Justice Saqib Nisar

Catholic Church fails to get on youth wavelength

Oct 28, 2018 - 3:30 AM

Prelates attending the meeting at the Vatican have been tasked with finding a way to breathe fresh life into a centuries-old institution suffering from both a damaging global sex abuse crisis and widespread secularity in the West

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

Pope accepts resignation of U.S. cardinal accused of abuse cover-up

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, announced last month that he planned to meet with the Pope to discuss his resignation

RESIGNED. In this file photo taken on April 30, 2018, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, waits outside St. Patrick's Catholic Church prior to the 24th annual "Blue Mass" in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Pope Francis says abortion is like hiring 'contract killer'

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:12 PM

'Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem,' says Pope Francis

FORGIVENESS. Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Drum Crescent, Knock, County Mayo on August 26, 2018, on the second day of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

North Korea wants Pope to visit, South to tell Vatican

Oct 09, 2018 - 6:34 PM

'During the meeting with Pope Francis, [Moon Jae-in] will relay the message from chairman Kim Jong-un that he would ardently welcome the pope if he visits Pyongyang,' says Moon's spokesperson

POPE IN NORTH KOREA? In this file photo, Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican.  File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope says Church can no longer tolerate silence on abuse

Oct 06, 2018 - 10:08 PM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis orders an investigation into Vatican archives concerning resigned archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square on March 25, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Abuse victim in the U.S. sues Vatican in bid to identify predators

Oct 05, 2018 - 7:12 PM

A man in the US says he was raped by a priest as a child and is now suing the Vatican

Plaintiff and survivor Manuel Vega reacts in front of a photo of US bishops meeting the Pope, during a news conference to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against the Vatican, in Los Angeles on October 4, 2018. The lawsuit will seek the release of names and alleged files pertaining to more than 3,400 sexual predators held at the Vatican and the disclosure of identities of top Catholic Church officials who were known or found to be complicit in covering up child sexual abuse cases. Mark RALSTON / AFP

Chile archbishop remains silent over abuse cover-up claims

Oct 04, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Santiago Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati uses his right not to answer questions about accusations he covered up the sexual abuse of minors

SPOTLIGHT. Santiago's Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati is escorted by police as he leaves after declaring at the public prosecutor's office for alleged cover-up of sex abuse in Rancagua, Chile on October 3, 2018. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Vatican announces historic deal with China on bishops

Sep 22, 2018 - 8:22 PM

(UPDATED) China immediately says it was hopeful of better relations, while Taiwan insists its ties with the Vatican were safe

CHINESE BISHOPS SOON? This photo taken on May 11, 2016 shows a priest about to start a mass at the Catholic church in Dingan, in China's southern Guangxi region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Pope honors Baltic martyrs as bishops quit over abuse

Sep 22, 2018 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis' trip to all 3 Baltic states is at risk of being overshadowed by mounting claims of sexual abuse by clergy across the globe

Pope Francis' trip, which follows in the footsteps of late Saint John Paul II who travelled to all Baltic states in 1993, may be overshadowed by claims of abuse by the Catholic Church. File Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope Francis summons bishops for meeting on protecting minors

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:44 PM

The Philippines' representative is expected to be Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

CATHOLIC LEADER. Pope Francis prays during a weekly general audience at St Peter's Square in Vatican City on November 22, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis urges bishops to fight abuse, clerical culture behind it

Sep 08, 2018 - 11:25 PM

He also warns newly-ordained bishops against succumbing to apathy or mediocrity

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square on March 25, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Lolo Kiko with Nanay Amba: Pope meets new PH envoy to Vatican

Sep 03, 2018 - 8:25 PM

A Bicolana career diplomat, Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Grace Relucio Princesa presents her credentials to Pope Francis

'NANAY AMBA.' Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Grace Relucio Princesa presents her credentials to Pope Francis on September 1, 2018. Photo courtesy of Vatican News

Pope declines to comment on Cardinal McCarrick allegations

Aug 27, 2018 - 8:19 AM

'I will not say a word about that. I think that the communique speaks for itself,' the Pontiff says

ONBOARD PRESSER. File photo of Pope Francis talking with journalists aboard a plane on June 21, 2018. Photo by Ciro Fusco/Pool/AFP

Pope on side of victims of U.S. 'predator' priests

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent,' the Vatican says in a statement

POPE'S PRIORITY. Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Nicaraguans turn saint's holiday into peace march

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Protesters say they are determined to keep up demonstrations to force President Daniel Ortega's resignation, or at least to hold early elections

PROTESTS. A man takes part in a vigil to commemorate 100 days of protests against the government of Nicaragua's president Daniel Ortega next to a graffiti reading 'Justice', in Managua on July 26, 2018. Photo by Marin Recinos/AFP

Pope accepts resignation of archbishop convicted of child abuse cover-up

Jul 30, 2018 - 10:19 PM

The Vatican announces the departure of Philip Wilson, sentenced to a year in detention earlier this month after becoming one of the highest-ranking church officials to be convicted on the charge of concealing abuse by a pedophile priest

Vatican launches live translation app for papal events

Jul 28, 2018 - 2:10 AM

The app translates Italian, the language the Pope usually uses when addressing the faithful, into Spanish, English, French, German, and Portuguese

MASS TRANSLATION. Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. A new app will level a few language barriers as it translates the Pope in real-time. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP


Vatican jails Italian priest for child porn

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:19 PM

Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella pleads guilty in the opening day of the court hearing on Friday

VATICAN CITY. St Peter's Basilica reflects in a puddle of Via della Conciliazione on May 9, 2018 in Rome. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Pope's envoys in Chile to 'ask forgiveness' over sex abuse

Jun 13, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Maltese archbishop Charles Scicluna and fellow papal envoy Jordi Bertomeu will take witness statements from victims of sexual abuse within the Church

ENVOY. Archbishop of Malta Charles Scicluna (L) and Spanish priest Jordi Bertomeu (R) give a press conference at the Apostolic Nunciature in Santiago on June 12, 2018. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Pope accepts resignation of 3 Chilean bishops in sex abuse scandal

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:35 PM

(UPDATED) Several members of the Chilean church hierarchy are accused by victims of ignoring and covering up child abuse by Chilean pedophile priest Fernando Karadima during the 1980s and 1990s

Pope Francis meets with participants at the Children's Train event at the Vatican on June 9, 2018  Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

Pope Francis urges oil majors to combat global warming, aid poor

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:32 PM

'Civilization requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilization!' says the Pope

POPE. Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Vatican orders ex-diplomat to face child sex abuse trial

Jun 09, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Carlo Alberto Capella's first hearing is set for June 22

HOLY SEE. In this file photo, people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Taekwondo for peace: Korean youths perform for Pope Francis

May 30, 2018 - 11:26 PM

The young Koreans unfurl a banner reading 'Peace is more precious than victory'

Slain Salvador archbishop, Pope Paul VI to be made saints

May 19, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador and Pope Paul VI will be canonized in October, announces Pope Francis

SAINTHOOD. Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI will be declared saints in a canonization ceremony in October. Photo of Romero by Marvin Recinos/AFP; photo of Vatican and Pope Paul VI from Shutterstock

All Chilean bishops quit over child abuse scandal – spokesman

May 18, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The striking announcement comes after Francis summoned the bishops to the Vatican over the scandal that has come to haunt his papacy

RESIGNED. Members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (right) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference, on May 18, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/ AFP

Pope vows 'change' in Chile church after pedophile scandal

May 18, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Pope Francis says he asked for 'forgiveness from the heart' from the abuse victims, adding that the Chilean bishops expressed their 'firm intention to repair the damage caused'

IN CHILE. Pope Francis is pictured during a meeting with bishops at the sacristy of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in Santiago on January 16, 2018. File photo by Luca Zennaro/Pool/AFP

Pope Francis says 'very worried' by Mideast violence

May 16, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Calling for 'dialogue, justice and peace,' Francis says violence 'has never led to peace. War incites war, violence incites violence'

POPE AUDIENCE. Pope Francis passes by a banner of Philippines' believers during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on May 16, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by  Andreas Solaro/AFP