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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 file photo, a sexual abuse victim points to the photos of Catholic priests accused of sexual misconduct by victims during a news conference in Orange, Calif. On Friday, May 31, 2019, the U.S. Catholic church says that allegations of child sex-abuse by clergy more than doubled in its latest 12-month reporting period, and its spending on victim compensation and child protection surged above $300 million. During the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, 1,385 adults came forward with 1,455 allegations of abuse, according to the annual report of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection. That was up from 693 allegations in the previous year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 31, 2019 - 3:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Quantifying its vast sex-abuse crisis, the U.S. Roman Catholic Church said Friday that allegations of child sex abuse by clerics more than doubled in its latest 12-month reporting period, and that its spending on victim compensation and child protection surged above $300 million...
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Pope Francis waves as he is welcomed by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, right, and his wife Carmen, left, upon his arrival from Rome at Henri Coanda International Airport in Otopeni, near Bucharest, Romania, Friday, May 31, 2019. Pope Francis is heading to Romania for a three-day, cross-country pilgrimage that in many ways is completing the 1999 trip by St. John Paul II that marked the first-ever papal visit to a majority Orthodox country. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
May 31, 2019 - 7:26 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Pope Francis began a three-day pilgrimage to Romania on Friday that in many ways is completing the 1999 trip by St. John Paul II that marked the first-ever papal visit to a majority Orthodox country. Francis referred to that historic trip during his opening speech before...
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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 29, 2019 - 4:23 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican communications office released only a partial transcript of Pope Francis' comments about what he knew of disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, omitting his claim that he didn't remember if he had been told in 2013 of McCarrick's penchant for sleeping with...
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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2016 file photo, former Bishop of Oran Gustavo Zanchetta participates in negotiations with border workers in Oran, Salta, Argentina. Bishop Zanchetta is now on trial at the Vatican, accused of sexually abusing seminarians. Pope Francis revealed the development Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in an interview with Mexico's Televisa. (AP Photo/Javier Corbalan, File)
May 28, 2019 - 5:59 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — An Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis is now on trial at the Vatican, accused of sexually abusing seminarians. Francis revealed the development in an interview with Mexico's Televisa Tuesday. He said he received the results of a preliminary investigation into Bishop Gustavo...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick poses during an interview with the Associated Press, in Rome. Email correspondence shows disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was placed under Vatican travel restrictions in 2008 for sleeping with seminarians, but regularly flouted those rules with the apparent knowledge of Vatican officials under Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Francis defrocked McCarrick in February after a church investigation confirmed that McCarrick sexually abused minors and adults. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
May 28, 2019 - 3:57 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Email correspondence shows disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was placed under Vatican restrictions in 2008 for sleeping with seminarians, but regularly flouted those travel rules with the apparent knowledge of Vatican officials under Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis...
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May 24, 2019 - 1:41 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan prosecutors announced the filing of sexual abuse charges Friday against five former Catholic priests as part of a state attorney general's investigation into clergy abuse going back decades. Attorney General Dana Nessel said the priests served in dioceses in Detroit, Lansing...
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May 24, 2019 - 11:31 am
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Michigan attorney general's investigation of clergy abuse within the Catholic Church (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says prosecutors have brought sexual abuse charges against five Catholic priests as part of her office's...
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May 22, 2019 - 10:24 am
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A 77-year-old French-Spanish nun who taught impoverished women and girls in volatile Central African Republic has been decapitated, local authorities said Wednesday. Sister Ines Nieves Sancho's body was found early Monday in the village of Nola, located in...
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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 22, 2019 - 4:45 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging China's divided Catholic community to come together in communion, as he seeks to heal decades of estrangement following a landmark deal with Beijing over bishop nominations. Francis made a special appeal at the end of his weekly audience Wednesday, noting...
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May 21, 2019 - 5:30 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the strangling death of a pregnant woman whose baby was cut from her womb (all times local): 4:00 p.m. The agency that licenses and inspects health care facilities in Illinois has started an investigation of a hospital where doctors treated a baby brought in by a woman...
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