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Italy's Catholic bishops 'morally obliged' to report abuse

May. 23, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Italian Catholic Church hierarchy said Thursday it had approved guidelines establishing a "moral obligation" to report cases of clergy sex abuse to police, after bishops long downplayed the problem and covered it up. The Italian bishops' conference didn't immediately release the...

Polish bishops admit they haven't done enough to stop abuse

May. 22, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's bishops acknowledged on Wednesday that they have not done enough to prevent clerical abuse of minors and said there are "no words" to describe their shame about sex scandals involving priests. The acknowledgement came as Poland, where Catholic traditions and faith remain...

Michigan priest facing allegation of misconduct with minor

May. 22, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A priest with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw is on administrative leave while church officials investigate an allegation of misconduct with a minor. The decision regarding the Rev. Dennis Kucharczyk was announced Tuesday. The diocese says the alleged misconduct "occurred many...

Pope urges China's Catholics to unify after bishop deal

May. 22, 2019 4:46 AM EDT

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 that May...

Amended sex abuse suit filed against W.Va. Catholic diocese

May. 21, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese failed to publicly disclose decade-old allegations of sexual abuse of a student involving a Catholic school teacher, the state's attorney general said Tuesday. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced an amended lawsuit against the Diocese...

Wilton Gregory installed as new archbishop of Washington

May. 21, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Rev. Wilton D. Gregory was installed Tuesday as the seventh archbishop of Washington following a pair of high-profile sexual abuse cases that ensnared his two predecessors. The 71-year-old Gregory, previously the archbishop of Atlanta, becomes the first African American to lead the...

Frenchman in vegetative state kept alive after appeal to UN

May. 21, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A last-ditch appeal to the United Nations forced French doctors to resume life support Tuesday for a man who has been in a vegetative state for years and whose case has drawn attention across Europe. Vincent Lambert was critically injured in a 2008 car accident, and his parents and wife...

New York in court to bar move of Sheen remains to Peoria

May. 21, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Officials of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria say their counterparts in the Archdiocese of New York are trying to halt the transfer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's remains to Illinois. Earlier this month, New York's Court of Appeals rejected the archdiocese's argument that lower courts...

Italy's Catholic establishment faults Salvini for rosary

May. 20, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday defended his invocation of God at a political rally, after Italy's Catholic establishment criticized it as a cynical exploitation of faith ahead of European Parliament elections this weekend. Salvini brandished a rosary and entrusted Italy to...

Pope urges foreign media to use power of press to seek truth

May. 18, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged foreign correspondents on Saturday to humbly use the power of the press to search for the truth and give voice to the voiceless, saying journalism is an important tool to counter the hatred, prejudice and fake news. In an audience with the Foreign Press Association in...