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FILE - In this March 12, 2005 file photo, farmers rest in Aguilares, El Salvador, beside a monument dedicated to the Rev. Rutilio Grande, a Jesuit priest who inspired St. Oscar Romero and was himself a victim of El Salvador’s right-wing death squads. Pope Francis approved a decree Friday, Feb.22, 2020, proclaiming Grande a martyr for the Catholic faith, as well as two Salvadorans who were killed along with him. (AP Photo/Edgar Romero, File)

Pope OKs beatification for Rutilio Grande, Salvadoran martyr

Feb. 22, 2020 4:51 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has moved the Rev. Rutilio Grande, a Jesuit priest who inspired St. Oscar Romero and was himself a victim of El Salvador’s right-wing death squads, a step closer to possible sainthood. Francis approved a decree Friday proclaiming Grande a martyr for the Catholic...

Priest accused of having child porn faces new charges

Feb. 21, 2020 4:38 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland-area Roman Catholic priest arrested in December was accused of several new charges, including sex trafficking involving a minor, federal prosecutors said Friday. A criminal complaint filed in federal court also charged the Rev. Robert McWilliams with receiving or distributing...

State mulls ending statute of limitations on sex abuse suits

Feb. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — One detailed how her father sexually abused her decades ago. Another recalled a priest fondling him as a teenager. And yet another remembered walking directly back to class after a priest raped her in the fourth grade. One by one, they pleaded with lawmakers. Their main message: Please...

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 file photo, New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson waves to the crowd before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints in Atlanta. Benson, who inherited the team following her husband Tom Benson's 2018 death, said the team's senior vice president of communications advised Archbishop Gregory Aymond to be “honest, complete and transparent” about clergy abuse. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

NFL Saints backed by church in effort to keep emails secret

Feb. 20, 2020 4:53 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney for New Orleans' Roman Catholic archdiocese Thursday strongly defended the New Orleans Saints' behind-the-scenes help in dealing with the clergy sex abuse crisis, saying the legal effort to release hundreds of confidential emails between them is aimed at trying to shame those...

Deaf survivors of clerical sexual abuse from left, Ezequiel Villalonga, Daniel Oscar Sgardelis, and Claudia Labeguerie, answers reporter's questions at the Foreign Press Association in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. On Wednesday, they had a string of meetings with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva, hoping to build pressure on the Vatican, and Pope Francis himself, to come clean about the crimes committed against them, one year after Pope Francis' summit on clergy abuse. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Abuse survivors seek more progress 1 year after papal summit

Feb. 20, 2020 2:43 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Survivors of church sex abuse have descended on Rome this week, marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ summit of church leaders on preventing abuse with calls for more accountability and acknowledgment of their pain. On Thursday, three deaf Argentines marched to St....

FILE - In this file photo dated Sept. 1945, Pope Pius XII, wearing the ring of St. Peter, raises his right hand in a papal blessing at the Vatican. The Vatican’s chief librarian and archivists said Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 that all researchers _ regardless of nationality, faith and ideology _ were welcome to request access to the soon-to-open Vatican’s apostolic library on Pope Pius XII starting March 2.  (AP Photo, File)

Vatican sees intense interest in opening of Pius XII archive

Feb. 20, 2020 10:33 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — More than 150 historians and researchers have signed up to access the soon-to-open Vatican archives of Pope Pius XII, evidence of the intense scholarly interest into the World War II-era pope and his record during the Holocaust, officials said Thursday. Cardinal José Tolentino...

A bar tender prepares an espresso coffee inside the Bar Nilo where a makeshift shrine of soccer legend and former Napoli player Diego Armando Maradona is displayed, in downtown Naples, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Maradona achieved some of his most memorable exploits and in Naples is still revered with god-like status. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

For Napoli fans, the team is a religion and Maradona is god

Feb. 20, 2020 7:05 AM EST

NAPLES, Italy (AP) — When Lionel Messi climbs up the steps from the moat surrounding the field at the San Paolo Stadium on Tuesday and emerges into the Champions League spotlight, he’ll be stepping onto sacred ground. The ground where fellow Argentina great Diego Maradona achieved some of his most...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Harrisburg Diocese celebrates Mass at the Cathedral Church of Saint Patrick in Harrisburg, Pa. On wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, the Diocese of Harrisburg filed for bankruptcy, six months after disclosing it had paid millions of dollars to people sexually abused as children by its clerics. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Another Catholic diocese seeks bankruptcy after abuse deals

Feb. 19, 2020 5:37 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, six months after disclosing it had paid millions of dollars to people sexually abused as children by its clerics. The diocese joins at least 20 others across the United States in seeking...

Colorado Catholic dioceses continue processing abuse claims

Feb. 19, 2020 4:52 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses have paid $1.2 million to 10 victims who were abused by priests as children and program administrators have 77 additional claims to process. There have been 87 people applications for reparations under the program, which allows victims to seek...

Deaf survivors of clerical sexual abuse from Argentina, from left, Claudia Labeguerie, Ezequiel Villalongo and Daniel Oscar Sgardelis, take part in a news conference at the Geneva Press Club in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. On Wednesday, they had a string of meetings with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva, hoping to build pressure on the Vatican _ and Pope Francis himself _ to come clean about the crimes committed against them. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

Abuse victims look to Vatican after UN meetings in Geneva

Feb. 19, 2020 4:51 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Three deaf victims of sexual abuse by priests in Argentina wrapped up a string of meetings with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva on Wednesday, hoping to build pressure on the Vatican — and Pope Francis himself — to come clean about the crimes committed against...