Religious issues

February 25, 2019 - 5:50 am
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...
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February 24, 2019 - 8:56 am
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...
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February 24, 2019 - 7:22 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' summit at the Vatican on preventing clergy sex abuse (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Pope Francis may have ended his clergy sex abuse prevention summit at the Vatican, but a scandal over an Argentine bishop close to him is only gaining steam. The...
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February 23, 2019 - 1:27 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the sex abuse prevention summit at the Vatican (all times local): 7:25 p.m. A man and a woman who were sexually abused by priests as young people have told Catholic leaders attending Pope Francis' abuse prevention summit that the trauma they suffered has haunted...
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Sister Veronica Openibo
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February 23, 2019 - 5:18 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A prominent Nigerian nun has blasted the culture of silence in the Catholic Church that has long sought to hide clergy sexual abuse, telling a Vatican summit that transparency and an admission of mistakes is needed to restore trust. In a powerful speech Saturday, Sister Veronica...
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February 23, 2019 - 2:59 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The legal loopholes that have allowed Catholic bishops to escape sanction when they cover up clergy sex abuse cases may be closing. Two U.S. cardinals have confirmed that the Vatican is working on a "clarification" to a 2016 law that was supposed to hold bishops and religious...
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Activists in Poland pull down a statue of a prominent deceased priest, Father Henryk Jankowski, who allegedly abused minors sexually, in Gdansk, Poland, on Thursday Feb. 21, 2019. The activists said it was an act of protest against the Polish Catholic Church for failing in resolving the problem of clergy sex abuse. The protest comes as Pope Francis has gathered church leaders from around the world at the Vatican to grapple with the church's sex abuse crisis. (AP Photo/Bartek Sabela/Gazeta Wyborcza)
February 22, 2019 - 11:57 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish prosecutors say they have charged the first of three men who pulled down the statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest this week amid allegations the priest sexually abused minors. Gdansk region prosecutors' spokeswoman Grazyna Wawryniuk said Friday the man was...
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February 22, 2019 - 11:56 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's acting foreign minister has doubled down on his divisive claim that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk." Israel Katz said in a live TV interview late Thursday that he did not regret his comment, insisting that "I, as a son...
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February 22, 2019 - 10:24 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' sex abuse summit at the Vatican (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Two U.S. cardinals attending the Vatican's sex abuse prevention summit say the downfall of their onetime colleague Theodore McCarrick is sad but they hope a new spirit of accountability in...
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February 22, 2019 - 7:51 am
BEIJING (AP) — Forgot to pay a fine in China? Then forget about buying an airline ticket. Would-be air travelers were blocked from buying tickets 17.5 million times last year under a controversial "social credit" system the ruling Communist Party says will improve public behavior. Some 5.5 million...
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