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US bishops approve changes to Church law on sex abuse reporting

Washington - The Catholic Church in the United States, which has been rocked in recent years by child sex abuse scandals and investigations, on Thursday approved a papal document that requires clergy to report suspicions of sexual assault.

Victims of Chile Nazi sect says German compensation not enough

Santiago - Victims of a Chile-based Nazi pedophile sect said compensation offered by Germany was not enough to make up for decades of slavery and abuse.

Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian bishop

S - Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of a Brazilian bishop reportedly suspected of extorting priests and covering up sexual abuse, the Vatican said in a statement.

Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian bishop

Vatican City - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Brazilian bishop Vilson Dias de Oliveira, the Vatican said Friday in a statement.

Germany to pay $11,000 each to Chile Nazi sect victims

Berlin - Germany said Friday it would pay compensation of up to 10,000 euros ($11,000) each to victims of the former Nazi paedophile sect "Colonia Dignidad" in Chile.

US Catholic abuse victims sue Vatican to name predatory priests

Washington - Five Americans who say they were sexually molested by Catholic priests filed a lawsuit against the Vatican on Tuesday to compel the church to open its archives and hand over the names and details of abusive clergy.

Pope changes Church law to make reporting sex abuse obligatory

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Thursday passed a measure to oblige those who know about sex abuse in the Catholic Church to report it to their superiors, following a global clerical paedophilia scandal.

Ex-pope Benedict blames Church sex abuse crisis on '68

Vatican City - Former pope Benedict XVI on Thursday blamed the Catholic clerical sex abuse scandals on the 1960s sexual revolution and a collapse in faith in the West, immediately drawing criticism from some theologians.

Japan Catholic church to open sex abuse probe

Apo - The Catholic Church in Japan said Tuesday it will launch an internal probe into claims of sexual abuse against children by its clergy, after a wave of paedophilia revelations worldwide.

Jiu-jitsu champ battles Philippines' sex abuse scourge

Manila - Abandoned and sexually abused as a young girl, Angelica, like thousands of minors in the Philippines -- a global blackspot for child abuse -- struggled to cope with the horrors of her past, but a new campaign run by a sporting champion is giving her an...

Murder of child maid forces Pakistan to soul search

Lahore - The battered body of 16-year-old servant Uzma Bibi was found dumped in a canal and her wealthy employer charged with murder, the latest case highlighting the dangers domestic workers -- especially children -- face in Pakistan.

Chile orders Church to pay damages to ex-priest's victims

Santiago - A court in Chile on Wednesday ordered the Roman Catholic Church to pay damages of around $440,000 to the victims of influential former priest Fernando Karadima.

French sex abuse victims seek answers from top Vatican official

Lyon - A paedophilia victims' group is calling for a Vatican cardinal to be stripped of his immunity so he can face prosecution over the cover-up of alleged sex abuse by a French priest, one of the victims said Wednesday The announcement comes a day after Pop...

Anti-Brexit British MP details facing barrage of threats

London - Prominent pro-European politician Anna Soubry has revealed the extent of threatening abuse she and family members -- including her elderly mother -- have received amid the rancour in Britain over Brexit.

Convicted French cardinal Barbarin to meet Pope Francis Monday

Lyon - French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who received a six-month suspended jail sentence for failing to report sex abuse by a priest under his authority, will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday, officials in his southeastern Lyon diocese said.

German Catholics accused of 'stonewalling' by child abuse victims

Berlin - Germany's under-fire Catholic Church admitted Thursday it must urgently confront its child sex abuse scandal, but victims accused it of continued "stonewalling", especially on compensation.

German Catholics meeting to address child sex abuse scandal

Berlin - Germany's Catholic Church was Thursday due to speak about steps and reforms to address its child sex abuse scandal, which mirrors paedophilia revelations in congregations worldwide.

Ugandan mother jailed after becoming first convicted of FGM in UK

London - A British judge on Friday jailed a Ugandan woman for 11 years after she became the first person ever to be found guilty of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Britain.

Statue of Polish priest accused of sex abuse to be removed

Warsaw - The statue of a Solidarity-era Polish priest accused of sex abuse will be permanently removed from a public square, city authorities in the port of Gdansk decided on Thursday, despite objections from supporters.

French cardinal Barbarin convicted over sex abuse cover-up

Lyon - The archbishop of Lyon, the most senior French Catholic cleric caught up in the paedophilia scandals that have rocked the church, was convicted of helping covering up abuse and handed a six-month suspended jail term on Thursday.

Radio stations drop Michael Jackson's music over abuse claims

Sydney - Radio stations in Australia, Canada and New Zealand are refusing to play Michael Jackson's music in the wake of fresh allegations against him of child sex abuse.

Australia to bar visitors with domestic violence convictions

Sydney - Visitors who have been convicted of violence against women and children will be kicked out or barred from entering Australia, Immigration Minister David Coleman said Sunday, as Canberra steps up its crackdown on foreign criminals.

Man charged for streaming Philippines child rape videos

Strasbourg - A man has been charged with ordering videos of rapes and sexual assaults, some of them on children, broadcast live from the Philippines, a French prosecutor said on Saturday.

Cardinal Pell: Australia's disgraced top Catholic cleric

Sydney - From country priest to trusted top Vatican insider, Australia's most senior Catholic cleric George Pell's reputation lies in tatters after his conviction on child sex offences.

Toppled statue of accused Polish priest restored

Warsaw - The toppled statue of a Polish priest accused of sex abuse has been restored to its plinth in the port of Gdansk, union sources said Saturday in a move which the local city hall decried.

Three charged for toppling statue of accused Polish sex abuse priest

Warsaw - Polish authorities on Friday charged three men who overturned a statue of a Polish priest accused of sex abuse in the northern city of Gdansk.

Activists topple statue of Polish priest accused of sex abuse

Warsaw - Three activists overturned a statue of a Polish priest accused of sex abuse in the northern city of Gdansk early on Thursday, local police said.

'I obeyed like a robot': Abuse survivor tells of predator priest

Paris - Denise Buchanan was 17 when she was raped by a seminarian who continued to abuse her when he became a priest in her native Jamaica. The Catholic Church, she says, has offered her nothing but their "prayers".

French court okays screening of film on priest's abuse of boy scouts

Paris - A French court Monday approved cinema screenings of an award-winning director's new film about the real-life story of a priest accused of sexually abusing boy scouts, even though the case has yet to come to trial.

Shame of gay Catholic clerics distorts church, says author

Paris - The hidden homosexuality of so much of the Catholic hierarchy has distorted "every aspect of the church", a new book claims.
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