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Vatican Sponsors Global Summit on Child Abuse

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Roman Catholic leaders from across the globe have opened an unprecedented Vatican-sponsored summit on ways to detect and prevent sexual child abuse by clergy. Organizers say the four-day, closed-door symposium, hosted by Rome’s Jesuit-run Gregorian University, includes bishops from 100 countries and representatives of more than 30 religious orders. University Vice Rector Hans Zollner said […]

Vatican Sponsors Global Summit on Child Abuse

Posted February 6th, 2012 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Roman Catholic leaders from across the globe have opened an unprecedented Vatican-sponsored summit on ways to detect and prevent sexual child abuse by clergy. Organizers say the four-day, closed-door symposium, hosted by Rome’s Jesuit-run Gregorian University, includes bishops from 100 countries and representatives of more than 30 religious orders. University Vice Rector Hans Zollner said […]

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Vatican’s Chinese Archbishop Appeals for Release of Catholic Priests in China

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A high-ranking Chinese official in the Vatican has called on Beijing to release nine arrested Catholic bishops and priests, saying their continued detention damages China’s international image. Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, made his remarks in an interview published Tuesday by the Rome-based AsiaNews agency. Hon urged […]

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Vatican: 26 Pastoral Workers Killed In 2011

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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The Vatican’s news agency says more than two dozen priests, nuns and lay Catholics were killed worldwide in 2011. The Fides news agency announced Friday at least 26 people were killed in violence this year. Latin America recorded the highest murder rate for pastoral workers for a third straight year, with 13 priests and two […]

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Vatican Calls for Global Financial Authority

Posted October 24th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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The Vatican has called for reform of the world’s financial systems, including the establishment of a “global public authority” with universal jurisdiction to manage the world economy. A proposal by the Vatican’s Council of Justice and Peace says the new financial order should be based on ethics and the achievement of a universal common good. […]

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Vatican Detains Supporters of Women’s Ordination

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of Roman Catholic activists, headed by a U.S. priest who supports ordination for women, has been blocked from entering St. Peter’s Square. The Women’s Ordination Conference, led by American priest Father Roy Bourgeois, was stopped by police Monday and told to take down their banners supporting women as priests. When police confiscated the […]

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Sexual Abuse Victims Trek To Vatican Seeking Reforms

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Two Italian men who say they were sexually abused by priests have completed a more than 550-kilometer protest walk to the Vatican in an unsuccessful attempt to obtain an audience with the pope. Francesco Zanardi and Alberto Sala completed their long trek from northern Italy to Vatican City on Tuesday. They hoped to focus attention […]

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Church Sex Abuse Victims Ask Vatican Employees to Speak Out

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A human rights organization and a sex abuse victims’ advocacy group have asked all past and present Vatican and church employees to speak out if they know about abuse of minors by the clergy. The Center for Constitutional Rights and the U.S.-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests held a joint news conference in […]

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Church Sex Abuse Victims Bring Case to International Criminal Court

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 8:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A group representing church sex abuse victims is asking the International Criminal Court to investigate Roman Catholic leaders, including Pope Benedict, for alleged crimes against humanity. Officials with the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests submitted more than 20,000 pages of material to the Hague court Tuesday. They charge the pope and other top […]

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Vatican Reassigns Ireland Envoy to Czech Republic

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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A papal diplomat at the center of a bitter confrontation between Ireland and the Vatican has been transferred to the Czech Republic. Pope Benedict recalled Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza from Dublin earlier this week following the Irish parliament’s strong criticism of the Roman Catholic Church for its role in covering up child sex abuse. Leanza will […]

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