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August 14, 2018 5:50 PM Chile asks Vatican for info on sex abuse cases, steps up raids

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The Chilean government asked the Vatican on Tuesday to hand over documents related to accusations of sex abuse committed by clergy in Chile against minors, as local prosecutors stepped up raids of Roman Catholic Church offices in Santiago. Chilean prosecutors said in a statement that the Chilean foreign ministry, through its embassy 70

August 10, 2018 8:06 PM Pope meets with Chilean bishop and victims' advocate over Church sex abuse

(Reuters) - Pope Francis met in Rome on Friday with a Chilean bishop and a victims’ advocate to discuss the Church sex abuse scandal in Chile and measures being taken to prevent it in the future. Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez of San Bernardo and Ana Maria Celis Brunet, president of the Chilean National Council for the Prevention of Abuse and Accompaniment 68

July 30, 2018 1:02 PM Australian Archbishop Resigns After Sex-Abuse Coverup Conviction

Archbishop Philip Wilson had resisted numerous calls to step down, including from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Pope Francis accepted the resignation of an Australian archbishop convicted of concealing sex abuse, the Vatican said Monday, in the Catholic Church’s latest response to an international scandal over sexual abuse and harassment 69

July 6, 2018 6:57 PM Cardinal Tauran, who announced pope's election, dies at 75

VATICAN CITY – Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the Vatican diplomat and expert in interfaith relations who announced the election of Pope Francis to the world in 2013 with the famous phrase "habemus papam (we have a pope)," has died. The Vatican said Tauran died Thursday at age 75. He had been in the United States, seeking treatment for Parkinson's disease 75

June 26, 2018 10:27 AM French president pays call on Pope Francis at Vatican

French president pays call on Pope Francis at Vatican Pope Francis and French President Emmanuel Macron held private talks Tuesday in a meeting that went overtime at the Vatican, with European tensions over migrants the backdrop for the encounter. The two men spoke for nearly an hour in the pope's library in the Apostolic Palace. After they emerged from their 72

June 22, 2018 6:19 PM Former Vatican diplomat Capella admits accessing child porn

Former Vatican diplomat Capella admits accessing child porn A former Vatican diplomat on trial for possession of a large quantity of child pornography has admitted the charges during the first hearing of an expedited trial inside the Vatican. Monsignor Carlo Capella acknowledged in court Friday "compulsive acts of improper internet consultations," and said it was due to a personal 56

June 19, 2018 12:00 PM Have the Culture Wars Killed Christian Unity?

Pope Francis will address the World Council of Churches this week amid diminished expectations for ecumenism VATICAN CITY—No modern pontiff has more zealously pursued unity with non-Catholic Christians than the man who currently holds the office. Pope Francis made an ecumenical breakthrough in 2016 by holding the first meeting in history between a pope and a Russian 69

June 18, 2018 11:26 AM The Latest: Rescued migrants in Spain seeking French asylum

A top Spanish official says that more than 300 migrants who are in Spain after their rescue boat was rejected by other European governments are requesting to be granted asylum in France. Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo told Spanish radio Cadena Ser on Monday that half of the 630 migrants who arrived at the Spanish port of Valencia on Sunday 56

June 17, 2018 2:31 PM Pope presses for talks on Yemen amid humanitarian crisis

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is pressing for negotiations involving the sides in the Yemen conflict so the humanitarian crisis doesn't worsen. In public remarks Sunday, Francis said he was following "with worry the dramatic fate of the people of Yemen, already so exhausted from years of conflict." He appealed to the international community so that "no effort 59

June 16, 2018 3:25 PM Pope Francis denounces abortion as ‘white glove’ Nazi-era eugenics

Pope Francis leaves after an audience with an association of people honored by the Italian Presidency for their commitment to their work, in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.) VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has denounced abortion as the "white 73