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Judgment reserved in Pell appeal against child sex conviction

Jun 06, 2019 - 12:32 PM

(UPDATED) The judges can decide to reject the appeal, order a retrial, or acquit Pell, the Catholic Church's most senior convicted child molester. There is no indication of when their ruling would be handed down.

GEORGE PELL. Australian Cardinal George Pell (L) is escorted into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on June 6, 2019. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP

Co-founder of Sundance Film Festival pleads guilty to child sex abuse

May 01, 2019 - 4:16 PM

Sterling Van Wagenen faces between 6 years and life in prison

Convicted Australia cardinal sentence to be broadcast live

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Catholic clergyman George Pell faces a maximum 50 years in prison for assaulting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral in 1996-97

PELL TO BE SENTENCED. Cardinal George Pell (C) makes his way through members of the media to the court in Melbourne on February 27, 2019. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP

Vatican to open probe into Cardinal Pell over child sex abuse

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:56 PM

The investigation could result in a canonical trial and George Pell's eventual expulsion from the priesthood

VATICAN PROBE. Cardinal George Pell (C) makes his way to the court in Melbourne on February 27, 2019. Photo by Con Chronis/AFP

R. Kelly freed on bail, denies sexually abusing children

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:16 AM

R&B singer R. Kelly is released from custody after spending 3 nights behind bars for 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse

Top pope aide Cardinal Pell convicted of child sex crimes

Feb 26, 2019 - 8:55 AM

(UPDATED) There is no immediate reaction from the Vatican, but George Pell maintains his innocence

CARDINAL PELL. Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016. File photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope calls child sex abuse like 'human sacrifice,' vows 'all-out battle'

Feb 24, 2019 - 11:10 PM

But some victims are not convinced, saying that Pope Francis talks about the devil but not 'permanently excluding child rapists and abusers' from the Catholic Church

Pope Francis attends a Eucharistic celebration at the Regia Hall of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on February 24, 2019, within the fourth and last day of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. (Photo by GIUSEPPE LAMI / POOL / AFP)

Cardinal calls for global recognition of sex abuse in Catholic Church

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'The entire Church must take an honest look, undertake rigorous discernment, and then act decisively,' says Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias

'TAKE AN HONEST LOOK.' Indian cardinal Oswald Gracias (R) arrives for a grand mass in St Peter's Basilica ahead of a papal election conclave on March 12, 2013 in St Peter's basilica at the Vatican. File photo by Gabriel Bouys/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

Australia apologizes to child sex abuse victims

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Decrying abuse, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declares a new national credo in the face of allegations: 'We believe you'

APOLOGY. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) delivers a national apology to child sex abuse victims in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra on October 22, 2018. Photo by Sean Davey/AFP)

German Catholic Church apologizes for mass child sex abuse

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Cardinal Reinhard Marx says he is ashamed over the decades of abuse that have shattered trust, as well as how so many looked away for so long

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Chairman of the German Bishops' Conference arrives for the beginning of the Autumn Plenary Assembly of the German Bishops' Conference on September 24, 2018 in Fulda, on the eve of a presentation of a report on the extent of sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic clerics against children in 1946 and 2014. Photo by Arne Dedert/AFP

Pope Francis 'begs for God's forgiveness' for sexual abuse scandal

Aug 26, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Pope Francis also demands 'firm and decisive' measures to find truth and justice for the victims

Pope steps up rhetoric over U.S. clerical child abuse 'atrocities'

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'We have realized that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death,' Pope Francis says in a letter

Pope Francis (C) waves from the balcony of St Peter's basilica during the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas address and blessing given to the city of Rome and to the World, on December 25, 2017 at St Peter's square in Vatican. File photo by Andreas Solario/AFP

Pope's envoys in Chile call for justice for sex abuse victims

Jun 20, 2018 - 9:52 AM

'Investigating is a duty of justice, we need to do justice to the victims for the good of the country and the good of the Church,' says Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna

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

Pope Francis receives Chilean bishops over sex abuse scandal

May 15, 2018 - 9:44 PM

The 34 bishops, 3 of whom are already retired, are to hold private and group meetings at the Vatican with the Argentine Pontiff

OFFENDERS. In this videograb members of Chile's bishops conference Luis Fernando Ramos Perez (left) and Juan Ignacio Gonzalez give a press conference on May 14, 2018 in Vatican. Photo by  Luca Prizia/AFP

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Interpol says 10,000th victim of child sex abuse rescued

Jan 09, 2017 - 10:12 PM

Using the worldwide database investigators analyze millions of images found on suspects computers or spotted on the internet

FIGHTING CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION. Interpol Secretary General Juergen Stock addresses the 43rd Regional European Interpol Conference in Bucharest on May 19, 2015. File photo by AFP

Norway jails man over child sex abuse committed live on Skype

Dec 08, 2016 - 6:49 PM

The man is found guilty of having sent money to a family in the Philippines in exchange for organizing sex acts between children some of whom were under the age of 14 The scenes were filmed live on Skype

French police quiz cardinal over alleged abuse cover-up

Jun 08, 2016 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED Cardinal Philippe Barbarin is accused of failing to remove an erring priest from his diocese

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the under-fire Archbishop of Lyon who is suspected of covering up for a paedophile priest (R) arrives for questioning at a police station in Lyon, on June 8, 2016. Barbarin arrived early on June 8 to a Lyon police station for questioning in two cases of covering up for a paedophile priest of his diocese.   / AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD

UK pedophile gets life for Malaysia abuse

Jun 06, 2016 - 8:35 PM

Relentlessly you preyed on the very young a judge tells Richard Huckle who victimized children while posing as a volunteer in Kuala Lumpur s Christian communities

French archbishop admits 'errors' in handling of child sex abuse cases

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:20 PM

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin Archbishop of Lyon faces complaints for failing to inform authorities about priests accused of sexual abuse

epa00937461 An Algerian muslim attends a special prayer held by French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin (L) in memory of the seven French monks killed 11 years ago at the monastery in Tibhirine, some 100 km southwest of Algiers, Tuesday 20 February 2007. Barbarin is on a two-day visit to Algeria. EPA/Mohamed Messara

Oscars 2016 best picture 'Spotlight' 'not anti-Catholic' – Vatican

Mar 01, 2016 - 9:54 AM

Spotlight follows a team of journalists as they investigate cases of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests

'SPOTLIGHT.' The Vatican says that the movie, about child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, is not anti-Catholic. Screengrab from YouTube' Photo from

Indonesia school staff freed after abuse convictions quashed

Aug 14, 2015 - 6:02 PM

The Jakarta High Court ruling in the men s favor and the speed of their release still came as a surprise after months of frustrated attempts to challenge their convictions

Guru Jakarta International School Neil Bantleman dari Kanada dikawal polisi setelah dijatuhi hukuman 10 tahun penjara oleh PN Jakarta Selatan, 2 April 2015. Foto oleh Adi Weda/EPA

Indonesia court overturns international school abuse convictions: lawyer

Aug 14, 2015 - 11:21 AM

A lawyer for Neil Bantleman and Ferdinand Tjiong said that the High Court in Jakarta had overturned the convictions

ON TRIAL. Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman (right) and Indonesian teaching assistant Ferdinand Tjiong (center) arrive at the South Jakarta court prior to their trial in Jakarta on December 2, 2014. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia court throws out abuse lawsuit against international school

Aug 10, 2015 - 8:23 PM

The South Jakarta District Court threw out the civil case deciding it could not accept it due to technicalities

ON TRIAL. Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman (right) and Indonesian teaching assistant Ferdinand Tjiong (center) arrive at the South Jakarta court prior to their trial in Jakarta on December 2, 2014. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Ex-pop star Gary Glitter goes on trial for child sex abuse

Jan 20, 2015 - 3:27 PM

Gary faces 10 counts including attempted rape indecent assault and unlawful intercourse

Canadian, Indonesian on trial over Jakarta school sex abuse

Dec 02, 2014 - 3:39 PM

The crowd of about 60 supporters outside the court mostly consisted of foreign and Indonesian mothers of children at the school

Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman (right) and Indonesian teaching assistant Ferdinand Tjiong (centre) arrive at the South Jakarta court prior to their trial in Jakarta on December 2, 2014. Bantleman and Tjiong could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia darurat kejahatan seksual terhadap anak

Nov 26, 2014 - 1:16 PM

Komisi Perlindungan Anak Indonesia KPAI mencatat pada kuartal pertama 2014 angka kekerasan terhadap anak meningkat 40 persen dibanding 2010 Sebanyak 26 persen adalah kejahatan seksual terhadap anak

Seorang gadis berusia 6 tahun korban kekerasan seksual di Banda Aceh. Catatan Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Anak Banda Aceh menunjukkan dalam lima tahun terakhir ada 149 kasus kekerasan terhadap anak-anak. Foto oleh AFP/Chaideer Mahyuddin

UK inquiry finds 'no cover-up' over child abuse claims

Nov 11, 2014 - 11:36 PM

A rumored 1983 collection of documents believed to contain allegations of child sex abuse against public figures prompted the inquiry with the interior ministry admitting in early 2014 that 114 files on complaints about abuse were lost

UN anti-torture watchdog grills Vatican over child sex abuse

May 06, 2014 - 12:23 AM

It was the first time the Vatican has been scrutinized since it signed up in 2002 to a global convention banning not only torture but also other cruel inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment

Pope asks forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests

Apr 11, 2014 - 9:11 PM

It is personal moral damage carried out by men of the Church and we will not take one step backward Pope Francis says

FIRST VISIT TO HOLY LAND. Pope Francis will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from May 24 to 26. File photo by Filippo Monteforte / AFP

Italy cardinal defends controversial sex abuse policy

Mar 29, 2014 - 10:39 PM

A leading Italian cleric defends the adoption of a policy exempting bishops from having to report cases of suspected child sex abuse to the police

IN DEFENSE. Italian Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco defends the adoption of a policy exempting bishops from having to report cases of suspected child sex abuse to the police. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

DSWD: Protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation

Feb 20, 2014 - 11:56 AM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has handled over 150 cases of web child trafficking from 2010 to 2013

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Jan 16, 2014 - 9:14 PM

Int l police probe child abuse sex ring in PH NBI: Online sex trade cottage industry in PH US Senate: Benghazi attacks preventable

Lostprophets singer jailed for 35 years for child sex abuse

Dec 19, 2013 - 8:16 AM

The singer plotted the abuse of two children with their own mothers in a series of text and Internet messages

DANGEROUS, MANIPULATIVE. Judge Royce says 'the public and, in particular, young females need protection' from Watkins. Photo from Ian Watkins Supporters Facebook

Pope Francis sets up Vatican committee against child abuse

Dec 05, 2013 - 10:28 PM

The announcement was made by US cardinal and archbishop of Boston Sean O Malley

BBC in crisis after another sex abuse row

Nov 10, 2012 - 9:53 PM

This is a bad crisis of trust says BBC Director General George Entwistle What happened here is completely unacceptable In my view the film should not have gone out he adds

Director-General of the BBC, George Entwistle (C), speaks to the media after attending a Commons culture committee in central London on October 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT

US coach guilty on most counts in pedophilia case: US media

Jun 23, 2012 - 11:05 AM

US jury convicts former football coach Jerry Sandusky on 45 of 48 counts in a child sex abuse case