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Pope Francis celebrates a Mass for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope John Paul II, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican Monday, May 18, 2020. The Pope held the morning mass in the chapel where is located the grave of John Paul II. (Vatican Media via AP)

St John Paul II honored as Poland sees new abuse allegations

May. 18, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — St. John Paul II was honored on the centennial of his birth Monday with special Masses at the Vatican and in his native Poland, an anniversary that comes as the Polish church finds itself confronted by new allegations of clerical sex abuse. From the small town of Wadowice, Poland,...

In this May 27, 2015, image made from video released by Royal Commission, pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale gives evidence, asked by an official, lower right, during a child sex abuse royal commission, in Ballarat, Australia. Ridsdale was sentenced to more jail time Thursday, May 14, 2020, after admitting to crimes against another four boys in the 1970s. (Royal Commission/AAP Image via AP)

Australian pedophile priest sentenced to more jail time

May. 14, 2020 4:47 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian pedophile priest was sentenced to more jail time Thursday after admitting to crimes against another four boys in the 1970s. In all, Gerald Ridsdale is known to have abused at least 69 children. He has been behind bars since 1994 after he was sentenced to 34 years....

Judge sets deadline for abuse claims vs. Harrisburg diocese

May. 13, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge is giving most claimants until Nov. 13 to seek compensation over child sexual abuse from the Harrisburg Roman Catholic Diocese, which sought bankruptcy protection earlier this year. The order signed last week by Chief Bankruptcy Judge Henry Van Eck also gave...

In this Jan. 31, 2020 photo, Pakistani children take part in rally against child abuse, in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Associated Press collected dozens of police reports from police stations across Pakistan that allege sexual harassment, rape and physical abuse by Islamic clerics teaching in madrassas or religious schools in Pakistan, where many of the country’s poorest study. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

Child sex abuse in Pakistan's religious schools is endemic

May. 11, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

PAKPATTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Muhimman proudly writes his name slowly, carefully, one letter at a time, grinning broadly as he finishes. He’s just 11 years old and was a good student who had dreams of being a doctor. School frightens him now. Earlier this year, a cleric at the religious school he...

In this Feb. 26, 2019, photo, Cardinal George Pell leaves the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. An Australian inquiry says Pell knew that a pedophile priest had been sexually abusing children years before his arrest and had been aware of the Catholic Church’s clergy abuse problem since the early 1970s. A report from the inquiry on child sexual abuse had been released in 2017, but findings concerning Pell had been redacted to avoid prejudicing juries. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Inquiry: Pell knew of abuse by Australian pedophile priest

May. 7, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Cardinal George Pell knew that a notorious pedophile priest had been sexually abusing children years before his arrest and had been aware of the Catholic Church's clergy abuse problem since the early 1970s, a government inquiry concluded. A report from the inquiry on...

FILE - This combination of March 29, 2017 file photos shows Bridget Kelly, left, and Bill Baroni leaving federal court after sentencing in Newark, N.J. The Supreme Court has thrown out the convictions of the two political insiders involved in New Jersey's

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May. 7, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

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FILE - In this March 21, 2018, file photo, Gayle Benson, widow of NFL New Orleans Saints and NBA New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson, walks down the steps to receive his casket with New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond for visitation at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. Aymond, who knew the couple separately before they married in 2004, has become almost a part of the team, thought by some to bring the beloved Saints help from a higher power. Aymond was there to eulogize Tom Benson as a “New Orleans saint on Earth” and walk side by side with Gayle in the funeral procession. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Saints emails, lawsuits could be buried in church bankruptcy

May. 5, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

A bankruptcy filing by New Orleans’ Roman Catholic archdiocese freezes sexual abuse lawsuits and could help bury the details of alleged coverups of predator priests and thousands of internal emails documenting a behind-the-scenes alliance with the New Orleans Saints. Attorneys for those suing the church...

Archdiocese files for bankruptcy amid clergy abuse costs

May. 1, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans announced Friday that it is seeking federal Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid growing legal costs related to sexual abuse by priests. The filing for reorganization could free the archdiocese from the threat of creditors’ lawsuits...

Amish bishop charged with failing to report child sex abuse

Apr. 23, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

PEQUEA, Pa. (AP) — An Amish bishop failed to notify law enforcement that a church member allegedly confessed to sexually assaulting three girls, authorities said.. Levi Esh Sr., 63, was arraigned Wednesday on felony and misdemeanor charges and his bail was set at $25,000. It wasn't known Thursday if he has...

Charlotte diocese faces 2 suits over alleged priest abuse

Apr. 15, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two lawsuits have been filed against the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte claiming two boys were sexually abused in separate instances by the two priests they sought out for help with personal problems decades ago. One of the lawsuits filed Monday in Mecklenburg County Superior Court...