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Pope: Church needs apostolate of prevention to protect minors from abuse

VATICAN CITY — Prevention is key in protecting minors from abuse, Pope Francis said. The protection of minors is a serious concern and what is...

Purging silence: Vatican expands abuse prevention to lay movements

VATICAN CITY — Millions of Catholics live their faith through their association with lay movements and Catholic groups, but some also have lost their...

Vatican official Msgr. John Kennedy praises Catholic media for coverage of...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In a remarkably frank and detailed speech, the Vatican official heading the department charged with reviewing clergy sexual abuse allegations...

Bishops OK plan to implement ‘motu proprio’ on addressing abuse

BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops approved a plan to implement the “motu proprio” “Vos Estis Lux Mundi” (“You are the light of the world”)...

Proposed protocol outlines restrictions on bishops facing claim of abuse

WASHINGTON — If a credible accusation of sexual misconduct has been reported against a retired bishop, his successor may act to limit the retired...

California ‘confession bill’ viewed as violation of religious liberty

LOS ANGELES — A bill making its way through the California Legislature would make the state the first since 1999 to require priests to...

Retired Pope Benedict publishes reflection on abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY — Retired Pope Benedict XVI, acknowledging his role in helping the Catholic Church come to terms with the clerical sexual abuse crisis...

Polish cardinal, St. John Paul’s aide, defends pontiff’s record on abuse

WARSAW, Poland — A close aide to St. John Paul II has vigorously defended the late pope’s handling of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy...

Nuns hope more women at summit sets standard for future Vatican...

ROME — The Catholic sisters who took part in Pope Francis’ summit on clergy sexual abuse say they hope the presence of a dozen...

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