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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.

Chilean clergy abuse cases triple to 119

Santiago - Scores of new cases of priestly sexual abuse of minors have come to light in Chile, public prosecutors said Friday, deepening a crisis in the country's Catholic Church that has embroiled Pope Francis.

Australian Catholics vow to end child abuse 'cover-ups'

Sydney - Australian Catholic leaders vowed Friday that the church's "shameful" history of child abuse and cover-ups will never be repeated, but rejected a national inquiry's call to report such assaults disclosed in confession.

Pope Francis meets Irish abuse victims, expresses 'shame'

Dublin - Pope Francis on Saturday met with eight Irish abuse victims after expressing "pain and shame" over the "failure" of Catholic Church authorities to deal with the abuses, the Vatican said.

Litany of Catholic abuse scandals in Ireland

London - Accusations of wide-ranging abuse in Catholic institutions in Ireland, including but not limited to the sexual targeting of children by priests, date back several decades.

Irish sex abuse victim urges pope to remove 'every rotten apple'

Dublin - Pope Francis should rid the Catholic Church of "every rotten apple" and announce concrete measures against sexual abuse by the clergy during his visit to Ireland, a prominent Irish victim told AFP.

US clerical abuse survivor implores Pope to act

New York - Shaun Dougherty is "sick and tired of being conned." On the eve of Pope Francis's visit to Ireland, the US survivor of clerical sexual abuse wants the head of the Catholic Church to finally help victims get justice.

Catholic abuse scandal a 'cultural problem': Vatican

London - The sexual abuse scandal dogging the Catholic Church is the result of a "cultural problem" that will take time to remedy, the Vatican's chief spokesman told Irish broadcaster RTE on Friday.

Pope to meet abuse victims during visit to Ireland

Vatican City - Pope Francis will meet victims of sexual abuse during his visit to Ireland at the weekend, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Pennsylvania report lists more than 300 'predator' priests

New York - More than 300 "predator" priests in Pennsylvania are accused of abusing over 1,000 children across seven decades, a grand jury said Tuesday in a devastating report that decried a systematic cover-up by the Catholic Church.

Pennsylvania report lists more than 300 'predator' priests

New York - A sweeping grand jury report on Tuesday found credible allegations against more than 300 predator priests and identified over 1,000 victims in decades of child sex abuse covered up by the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.

Chile's Catholic bishops apologize for failing abuse victims

Chile - Chilean Catholic bishops apologized on Friday for having "failed" victims of sexual abuse and promised to work with prosecutors to prevent a repeat of the crimes dating back five decades.

Chile prosecutors seek Vatican files of priests in sex scandal

Santiago - Prosecutors in Chile on Wednesday said they have requested the Vatican files of nine Chilean priests being investigated for sexual abuses."The National Prosecutor, Jorge Abbott, today signed an official letter addressed to the Vatican (..
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