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Brazil 'healer' denies avalanche of sex abuse accusations

Abadiania - A famous Brazilian "spiritual healer" who has been accused of sexual abuse by hundreds of women who sought treatment from him told followers Wednesday he was innocent.

More than 200 women accuse Brazil 'spiritual healer' of sex abuse

Rio De Janeiro - More than 200 women have come forward in Brazil to accuse an internationally celebrated self-proclaimed spiritual healer of sexually abusing them, according to media reports and police complaints received Tuesday.

Women accuse famous Brazil spiritual 'healer' of sex abuse

Rio De Janeiro - Several women have come forward in Brazil to accuse an internationally known self-proclaimed spiritual healer of sexually abusing them under pretext of trying to "cure" them of depression or other problems.

US priest accused of sex abuse arrested in Philippines

Manila - An American Catholic priest wanted for allegedly sexually abusing Filipino altar boys as young as seven has been arrested in the Philippines and now faces deportation, officials said Thursday.

Scandal-hit US archidiocese to file for bankruptcy

Los Angeles - The Archdiocese of Santa Fe, which is facing a litany of lawsuits in New Mexico over claims of sexual abuse committed by priests, has announced it will file for bankruptcy protection.

Vatican orders US bishops to delay sex abuse reforms

Baltimore - The Vatican has told the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to delay a vote, set to take place at their annual meeting, on measures to halt sexual abuse by priests.

Campaigners use Beirut Marathon to urge action on rape

Beirut - Protesters holding signs reading "I will face my rapist" lined the course of Beirut's Marathon on Sunday to call for tougher action against sexual abusers.

Germany starts mammoth trial over refugee centre abuses

Siegen - Germany launched a mass trial Thursday of 30 defendants accused of brutally abusing asylum seekers in a refugee home in scenes that drew comparisons to the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay.

French bishops to set up independent review on sex abuse

Paris - French bishops said Wednesday they were setting up an "independent" commission to "shed light on the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic church since 1950".

French bishops to 'shed light' on decades of child sex abuse

Paris - French bishops announced Wednesday they were setting up an "independent" commission to "shed light on the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic church since 1950".

'We failed them': Australia apologises to child sex abuse victims

Canberra - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued a national apology to thousands of victims of institutional sex abuse Monday, admitting the state utterly failed to stop "evil, dark crimes" committed over decades.

US opens federal investigation into Catholic Church abuse

New York - The US has for the first time opened a federal investigation into abuse committed by Catholic clergy, issuing a subpoena to dioceses in Pennsylvania two months after the publication of a report on decades of sexual abuse in the state.

First kids' TV show about sexual harassment being made: Italian broadcaster

Cannes - The world's first children's television series about sexual harassment will be screened next year, its Italian makers told AFP Saturday.

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean former bishops for abusing minors

Vatican City - Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean former bishops for allegedly sexually abusing minors, the Vatican said on Saturday, after a meeting between the pontiff and Chile's president.

Pope accepts resignation of US cardinal over abuse cover-up claim

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of Washington DC archbishop Donald Wuerl, who has been blamed for not doing enough to deal with paedophile priests.

Belgian bishop calls for married men in priesthood

Vatican City - A Belgian bishop called Wednesday for married men to be allowed into the priesthood, a hot-button topic within the Roman Catholic church as it grapples with falling priest numbers and sexual abuse scandals.

Instagram ramps up battle against bullying

San Francisco - Instagram on Tuesday added more weapons to battle cyber bullying, using artificial intelligence to scan photos for abusive content at the Facebook-owned service.

Pope meets top US cardinal in shadow of abuse scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis met the president of the US bishops' conference Monday as his supporters closed ranks over the pontiff's handling of allegations of sexual misconduct by a US cardinal.

Poland sees first anti-paedophilia rally against Catholic Church

Warsaw - Some 200 people took to the streets of Warsaw on Sunday to protest child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, in the first major such rally in staunchly Catholic Poland.

Pope says Church can no longer tolerate silence on abuse

Vatican City - Pope Francis said Saturday that silence on sexual abuse can "no longer be tolerated" as he ordered an investigation into Vatican archives concerning former archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick, who resigned in July.

Haitian mayor and actress speaks out on domestic violence

Port-au-prince - With photos of her bruised face and body circulating on social media, a Haitian mayor and prominent actress on Wednesday revealed herself to be a victim of domestic abuse in a bid to start a national conversation about sexual violence.

Abused children carry the trauma in their cells: study

Paris - Children subjected to abuse may carry the physical hallmark of that trauma in their cells, scientists said Tuesday, in research that could help criminal investigations probing historic mistreatment.

German court says won't jail doctor from Nazi paedophile sect

Berlin - A German court said Tuesday it could not enforce a Chilean prison sentence for a German former member of a Nazi paedophile sect for complicity in child sex abuse.

German Catholic Church apologises for mass child sex abuse

Fulda - Germany's Catholic Church on Tuesday apologised to the thousands of victims of sexual assault by clergy, with the institution's top cardinal saying perpetrators must be brought to justice.

Pope accepts resignations of two more Chilean bishops: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignations of two more bishops from Chile, which is investigating more than 100 cases of sexual abuse by the clergy, the Vatican said.

Sex abuse claims rock Dutch Catholic Church

Den Haag - More than half of the Netherlands' senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed Saturday, further engulfing the Catholic Church in a global abuse scandal.

Three men released over Argentine football child sex abuse

Buenos Aires - Three men held for five months over a shocking underage sex abuse scandal in Argentine football have been released, one of the defendants said on Friday.

Fighting child abuse must be Church's priority: Vatican panel

Vatican City - A Vatican commission on child protection set up by Pope Francis said Sunday that the fight against abuse must be the priority of the Catholic Church and emphasised the importance of listening to victims.

New York subpoenas every Catholic diocese in state

New York - New York prosecutors are subpoenaing each Catholic diocese in the state as part of investigations into clerical abuse after at least 1,000 victims were recently identified in neighboring Pennsylvania.

UK demands action from tech giants over online child abuse

London - Britain warned Monday that internet giants could face new laws if they fail to tackle online child abuse content, with up to 80,000 people in the country deemed to pose a threat.
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