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German Catholic Church to own up to decades of child abuse

Berlin - Germany's Catholic Church was Tuesday due to confess to and apologise for thousands of cases of sexual abuse against children, part of a global scandal heaping pressure on the Vatican.

Pope meets with US church leaders over clergy sex abuse

Vatican City - Pope Francis met with US bishops and cardinals on Thursday to discuss the Vatican's response to a new wave of devastating claims of sexual abuse by clergy.

Germany's Catholic Church 'ashamed' by child sex abuse

Berlin - Germany's Catholic Church said Wednesday it was "dismayed and ashamed" by decades of child sex abuse by priests, after a report was leaked showing that thousands of minors were assaulted.

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 says on side of victims of US 'predator' priests

Vatican City - Pope Francis is on the side of victims of more than 300 "predator" priests in the United States who are accused of abusing over 1,000 children across seven decades, the Vatican said Thursday.

Pope says on side of victims of US 'predator' priests: Vatican

Vatican City - The Vatican said on Thursday Pope Francis was on the side of victims of more than 300 "predator" priests in the United States accused of abusing over 1,000 children across seven decades."Victims should know that the pope is on their side.

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.

New group hopes to end Catholic church child abuse

Geneva - Child abuse victims and human rights activists from 15 countries on Thursday launched a new pressure group to campaign against abuse by Catholic clerics.

Pope Francis: peacemaker and game-changer

Rome - Since taking charge of the Roman Catholic Church in March 2013, Pope Francis has transformed perceptions of an institution beset by scandals and plagued by self-doubt.

Philippine Catholics protest bill to legalise divorce

Manila - Around 2,000 Roman Catholic Filipinos protested in Manila on Saturday against a push to legalise divorce, with church groups also using the "Walk for Life" march to slam President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drugs war.

Vatican investigator meets Chile abuse victim in New York

New York - A high-profile victim of a disgraced pedophile priest said Saturday he was glad to finally be able to tell his story as the Vatican's top abuse investigator began a probe into an alleged cover-up in Chile.

At least five dead in DR Congo protest crackdown: UN

Kinshasa - At least five people were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, the UN said, as the authorities cracked down on a banned protest against President Joseph Kabila.

Barefoot Catholics throng icon in huge Philippine procession

Manila - A sea of heaving, towel-waving humanity swarmed a black statue of a cross-bearing Jesus Christ in the Philippine capital Tuesday as the Catholic faithful joined one of the nation's largest religious festivals.

Philippine Church head urges end to drug killings

Manila - The head of the Philippines' powerful Catholic Church called Sunday for an end to the "waste of human lives" following a brutal week in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war in which a 17-year-old boy was among dozens killed.

Venezuela Catholic Church calls govt 'dictatorship'

Caracas - Venezuela's Catholic Church raised pressure on the leftist government Friday in a deadly political crisis, warning that its drive for constitutional reforms is turning the country into a "military dictatorship.

Venezuela Catholic Church calls govt 'dictatorship'

Caracas - Venezuela's Catholic Church said Friday that constitutional reforms planned by the country's leftist government in response to a deadly political crisis were turning the country into a "military dictatorship.

Pope casts doubt on Bosnian Virgin apparitions

Pope Francis expressed serious doubts regarding reported daily apparitions of the Virgin at Medjugorje in Bosnia, a site which attracts a million pilgrims annually.

Philippine Church in 'show of force' against drug killings

Manila - Thousands of Catholic faithful gathered in the Philippine capital on Saturday for a "show of force" in the biggest rally yet to stop extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war.

Catholic Church beatifies Japanese samurai

Toukyo - A Japanese Christian samurai who died in exile about 400 years ago after refusing to renounce his faith was beatified by the Catholic Church in an elaborate mass on Tuesday.

Opus Dei names new chief

Rome - Controversial Roman Catholic organisation Opus Dei said Tuesday it had named Fernando Ocariz as its new chief following the death of its 84-year-old leader.

Philippines' Duterte taunts bishops to take drugs

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday taunted the country's Catholic priests and bishops to take highly addictive crystal methamphetamine, as he accused them of "hypocrisy" for criticising his deadly drug war.

Philippine Church speaks out on drug killings

Manila - People going to mass at one of the most famous churches in the Philippine capital over Christmas were met by a disturbing sight: poster-size pictures of Filipinos dying in pools of blood.

Huge crowds stage frenzied Catholic procession in Philippines

Manila - Masses of Catholic devotees in the Philippine capital braved sizzling weather and terrorist fears on Monday in a frenzied bid to touch a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ that is believed to have miraculous powers.

Huge crowds stage frenzied Catholic procession in Philippines

Manila - Masses of Catholic devotees in the Philippine capital braved sizzling weather and terrorist fears on Monday in a frenzied bid to touch a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ that is believed to have miraculous powers.

Huge crowds stage frenzied Catholic procession in Philippines

Manila - Masses of Catholic devotees in the Philippine capital braved sizzling weather and terrorist fears on Monday in a frenzied bid to touch a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ that is believed to have miraculous powers.

Top official urges independent Chinese Catholic Church

Bejing - Catholics in China should build a more independent, socialist church, a senior Beijing official has said, as the government remains at odds with the Vatican on the issue of ordaining bishops.

Top official urges independent Chinese Catholic Church

Bejing - Catholics in China should build a more independent, socialist church, a senior Beijing official has said, as the government remains at odds with the Vatican on the issue of ordaining bishops.

Top official urges independent Chinese Catholic Church

Bejing - Catholics in China should build a more independent, socialist church, a senior Beijing official has said, as the government remains at odds with the Vatican on the issue of ordaining bishops.

Opus Dei leader Echevarria dead at 84

Rome - Bishop Javier Echevarria, leader of the controversial Roman Catholic organisation Opus Dei, has died after treatment in hospital for a lung infection, according to an official statement posted on Twitter.
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