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Archbishop admits 'errors' in handling of child sex abuse cases

Lyon - A French cardinal accused of covering up for a paedophile priest, in a scandal that has rocked the local Catholic Church, admitted Monday to "errors in the management and nomination of certain priests.

French bishops pledge to expose paedophilia, 'even historic cases'

Paris - The Catholic Church in France on Tuesday pledged to shed light on all cases of paedophilia, including "historic cases", following a scandal over an archbishop accused of covering up a priest's crimes.

Bishop accused of child abuse cover-up dies in Australia

Sydney - A bishop in charge during one of Australia's darkest periods of child abuse by Catholic clergy died Monday, depriving an inquiry of further evidence from a man once closely linked to Vatican finance chief George Pell.

French diocese offices searched in paedophile priest case: source

Lyon - French investigators searched the offices of the diocese of Lyon on Wednesday over the alleged cover-up of a paedophile priest, a source close to the probe said.

French cardinal faces new claim of promoting convicted priest

Paris - A French cardinal accused of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest faced new calls Thursday to step down after claims he promoted another cleric who had a previous conviction for sexually abusing adults.

Under-fire French cardinal faces new accusations

Paris - A French cardinal accused of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest faced new accusations that he had promoted another cleric despite the man having a previous conviction for sexually abusing adult students.

French Cardinal Barbarin: hardline Catholic mired in abuse scandal

Lyon - French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, accused of covering up sex abuse, is a hardline Catholic who has been outspoken against gay marriage and championed the cause of Christians persecuted in Iraq and Syria.

Under-fire French cardinal denies covering up child sex abuse

Lourdes - A French cardinal on Tuesday denied accusations he covered up the sexual abuse of children amid a growing scandal that has deeply embarrassed the Catholic Church in France.

UN adopts measure to tackle sex abuse by peacekeepers

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution that calls for the repatriation of entire peacekeeping units whose soldiers face allegations of sexual abuse while serving under the UN flag.

French judge probes Church child abuse cover-up claims

Lyon - A French judge has opened a preliminary investigation into "failure to report a crime" after the alleged victims of a paedophile priest said top Catholic officials covered up for him, judicial sources said Friday.

Vatican admits still 'much to do' to stop paedophile priests

Rome - The Vatican Friday defended the Catholic Church's action on paedophile priests, saying popes Francis and Benedict XVI had "courageously" tackled the issue but admitting there was still much to be done in many countries.

Vatican finance chief says meeting abuse victims hard, vows to help

Rome - Vatican finance chief George Pell on Thursday described a meeting with Australian victims of priest sex abuse as "hard" and vowed to work to ensure suicide "is not an option" for them.

Cardinal Pell: Vatican firebrand plagued by sex scandal and foes

Vatican City - Australian Cardinal George Pell, the pope's powerful finance minister, is under fire on two fronts.For the outside world he is most notably accused of protecting paedophile priests.

Top aide to pope 'should have done more' on abuse claims

Sydney - Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell admitted Thursday he "should have done more" to follow-up on claims a priest was abusing boys, as survivors accused him of lying about what he knew.

Australian inquiry hears of gun-toting paedophile priest

Sydney - An Australian inquiry on Wednesday heard of a gun-toting paedophile priest who made children kneel between his legs during confession as Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell admitted a time of "crimes and cover-ups" within the Catholic Church.

'Evidence emerging' abuse inquiry cardinal 'knew', victims say

Rome - Evidence is emerging that Australian Cardinal George Pell covered up the sexual abuse of children by priests on his watch, survivors told AFP on Tuesday, on the sidelines of a hearing into the top Vatican official's culpability.

U.S. bishops hid abuse of hundreds of children: Grand jury

New York - Two American bishops spent four decades covering up sexual abuse of hundreds of children at the hands of 50 Catholic priests and clerics in Pennsylvania, a grand jury revealed Tuesday.

I have pope's 'full backing' says abuse inquiry cardinal

Sydney - Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell insisted he has the "full backing" of Pope Francis as he told an inquiry on Tuesday that abuse claims against Australia's most notorious paedophile priest were not "of much interest" to him.

Church 'mucked up' with paedophile priests: Vatican finance chief

Sydney - Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell admitted on Monday the Catholic Church "mucked up" in dealing with paedophile priests and vowed he would not "defend the indefensible" before an Australian inquiry.

Australian survivors of Catholic clergy abuse head to Rome

Sydney - Survivors of abuse by Catholic clergy in Australia were on Friday set to travel to Rome to hear evidence from Cardinal George Pell, but denied there was a "witch hunt" against the Vatican finance chief.

BBC culture of 'fear' helped cloak Savile's sex abuse: Inquiry

London - An inquiry into sexual abuse at Britain's BBC by late presenter Jimmy Savile Thursday found a culture of "fear" around whistleblowing that helped him hide his crimes for decades and persists to this day.

Australian inquiry to allow abuse victims to attend Rome hearing

Sydney - An Australian inquiry into child sex abuse agreed Monday that victims could be present when Cardinal George Pell gives evidence from Rome, as Catholic bishops called for him to be treated fairly.

Top aide to Pope Francis denies Australia abuse claims

Vatican City - Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell on Friday claimed he was the victim of a smear campaign after it emerged that Australian police are investigating claims he groomed and abused five to 10 boys during his time as a priest.

Australian crowdfunding campaign to send sex abuse victims to Rome

Sydney - A crowdfunding campaign to send victims of child sex abuse to Rome to hear Vatican finance chief George Pell give evidence to an Australian inquiry has been overwhelmed by support, doubling its target in two days.

Francis broke my heart, says abuse victim sidelined by Vatican

Rome - A British paedophilia survivor who has been asked to step down from a Vatican panel on the issue told AFP on Monday that he felt betrayed by Pope Francis.

UN names coordinator to tackle peacekeeping sex abuse scandal

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday appointed American Jane Holl Lute to tackle mounting allegations of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers.

Former victim leaves Vatican child sex abuse commission

Vatican City - A former paedophilia victim has left the Vatican advisory commission on sexual abuse by the clergy, the Vatican announced Saturday, two days after the British campaigner criticised the body in the press.

French president pardons woman jailed for killing violent husband

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Sunday pardoned a woman who was jailed for 10 years for killing her husband after he abused her for decades, the president's office announced Sunday.

Calls mount for Frenchwoman to be pardoned for killing violent husband

Paris - A woman jailed for 10 years for killing her abusive husband after decades of marital hell has become a cause celebre in France, where appeals are growing louder for her to be pardoned.

Pope hits out at Internet trolls

Vatican City - Pope Francis spoke out Friday over the increasingly aggressive nature of much political discourse and the use of social media as a forum for personal abuse.
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