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Pope cites plight of migrants, children on Good Friday

Apr. 19, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis used a Good Friday ceremony to decry "all the crosses" of suffering in the world, including those borne by migrants who find doors closed due to "political calculations" and children who are harmed in their "innocence and purity," in a reference to pedophile clergy. From a...

Pennsylvania House OKs new child sex abuse reporting rules

Apr. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives moved Wednesday to toughen penalties for people who do not report suspicions about repeated child sexual abuse and make it explicit that nondisclosure terms in contracts cannot prevent people from talking to police in child molestation...

LA Archdiocese agrees to $8M payment in sex abuse case

Apr. 16, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $8 million to a teenager who was sexually abused by the athletic director at her Catholic high school who had continued to work despite prior allegations of misconduct, it was announced Tuesday. A court finalized the settlement last week...

The Latest: LA archdiocese apologizes for teen sex abuse

Apr. 16, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on an $8 million settlement of a sex-abuse lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (all times local): 4:45 p.m. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has apologized for what it calls the "serious harm" done to a 15-year-old girl who was sexually abused by the athletic director...

Kentucky diocese IDs priests 'credibly' accused of abuse

Apr. 16, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky, has released a list of priests it says have been "credibly accused" of sexually abusing minors. The Messenger-Inquirer of Owensboro reports the bishop of the diocese, the Most Rev. William Medley, released the list of 15 priests Friday....

The Latest: University of Notre Dame to donate $100,000

Apr. 16, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that swept through Paris' Notre Dame cathedral (all times local): 8 p.m. The president of the University of Notre Dame said the school will donate $100,000 toward the renovation of Notre Dame cathedral following a devastating fire. The Rev. John Jenkins announced the...

Christian Garin wins US Men's Clay Court Championship

Apr. 14, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Christian Garin of Chile won the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship on Sunday for his first ATP World Tour title, beating Casper Ruud of Norway 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 at River Oaks Country Club. Nearly six years after winning the French Open Juniors title, the 22-year-old Garin finally broke...

Pope Francis blesses palm branches as he ushers in Holy Week

Apr. 14, 2019 6:36 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis warned against being judgmental and too full of oneself, including authorities in the Catholic church, in his Palm Sunday homily during Mass in St. Peter's Square, which was crowded with tens of thousands of pilgrims, tourists and Romans. The day ushers in Holy Week, which...

Firm hired to compile list of credibly accused priests

Apr. 13, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An investigative and consulting company operated by three former FBI agents has been hired by the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to compile a list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. The Kansas City Star reports that St. Louis-based...

Accused priest list from diocese where abuse 1st made public

Apr. 12, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Catholic diocese where the first widely reported case of clergy sex abuse became public in the 1980s released a list Friday of 33 priests and four deacons credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor or vulnerable adult. The list released by Bishop Douglas Deshotels of...