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Study finds spike in Pennsylvania child abuse-related deaths

Feb. 21, 2019 4:26 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state study released Thursday found the number of Pennsylvania children killed or nearly killed after abuse had occurred spiked recently, increases likely driven by a new definition of abuse and an uptick in its reporting in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy...

The Latest: Cardinal condemns how church handles sex abuse

Feb. 21, 2019 4:10 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Vatican's conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests (all times local): 5:45 p.m. A Colombian cardinal has warned fellow Roman Catholic bishops at a Vatican summit they could be imprisoned for covering up crimes if they don't properly deal with clergy sex abuse...

Searing testimony heard at Vatican sex abuse summit

Feb. 21, 2019 3:43 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The day began with an African woman telling an extraordinary gathering of Catholic leaders that her priestly rapist forced her to have three abortions over a dozen years after he started violating her at age 15. It ended with a Colombian cardinal warning them they could all face prison...

A global look at the Catholic Church's sex abuse problem

Feb. 21, 2019 2:36 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit is meant to call attention to the crisis as a global problem that requires a global response. His decision was sparked by the realization that in many parts of the world, bishops and religious superiors continue to deny or play down...

Abuse victims: Italian law helps bishops dodge investigation

Feb. 21, 2019 1:17 PM EST

ROME (AP) — U.S. and Italian advocates for victims of pedophile priests are pressing for Italy to overhaul legislation that allows bishops to dodge accountability for predator clergy in the predominantly Roman Catholic country where the church wields considerable political influence. A U.S. state...

10 Things to Know for Today

Feb. 21, 2019 9:37 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. 'EMPIRE' ACTOR TURNS HIMSELF IN Jussie Smollett to face accusations that he filed a false police report when he told authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men. 2. FIRE IN ANCIENT SHOPING DISTRICT IN...

Polish activists pull down statue of priest in abuse protest

Feb. 21, 2019 8:59 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists in Poland toppled a statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest early Thursday amid allegations that he sexually abused minors, a protest against what they called a failure by the Catholic Church and society to resolve the problem of clergy sex abuse. The protest came only...

Pope Francis opens sex abuse summit by warning bishops the faithful want concrete action, not just condemnation

Feb. 21, 2019 3:15 AM EST
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis opens sex abuse summit by warning bishops the faithful want concrete action, not just condemnation.

Vatican's legal procedures for handling sex abuse, explained

Feb. 21, 2019 2:31 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — For centuries, the Vatican's canon law system busied itself with banning books and dispensing punishments that included burnings at the stake for heretics. These days, the Vatican office that eventually replaced the Roman Catholic Inquisition is knee-deep in processing clergy sex abuse...

Abuse survivors demand Vatican transparency, accountability

Feb. 20, 2019 4:42 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Survivors of clergy sex abuse on Wednesday demanded transparency, zero tolerance for abuse and accountability for religious superiors who cover up for rapists, setting a confrontational tone on the eve of Pope Francis' high-stakes abuse prevention summit. The victims also demanded to...