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Extreme Easter: Flogging, crucifixions in Philippines

San Fernando - A man was nailed to a cross with up to 10 more to follow while barefoot men beat themselves with flails on Good Friday, in a blood-soaked display of religious fervour in the Philippines.

Mozambique town marks Palm Sunday amid cyclone ruins

Beira - Christians in the cyclone-devastated Mozambican town of Buzi on Sunday celebrated Palm Sunday among ruins -- a month after Cyclone Idai tore through the country leaving a trail of destruction.

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.

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.

Embattled Vatican envoy faces new sex assault claim in Canada

Montr - Vatican diplomat Luigi Ventura -- who is already under investigation in France over alleged sexual assault -- is now facing a similar complaint in Canada, the Holy See's embassy in Ottawa said Thursday.

Polish mother superior speaks out about priests sexually abusing nuns

Warsaw - A senior nun has spoken out for the first time about priests sexually abusing nuns in staunchly Catholic Poland following an an unprecedented public admission by Pope Francis.

Pope says priest celibacy not 'optional'

Pope Francis said Monday celibacy for priests was a "gift to the Church" and not "optional", nixing the prospect of married men being ordained.

Kasai bishops endorse election of DR Congo's Tshisekedi

Kananga - Some Catholic bishops in the Kasai region of DR Congo on Sunday endorsed the election of Felix Tshisekedi as the new president, splitting with bishops in the rest of the country.

Hordes hoping for miracle throng Philippine Catholic procession

Manila - Throngs of believers flung themselves at a historic statue of Jesus Christ as it was paraded through the Philippine capital on Wednesday in an annual festival that is one of the world's biggest shows of Catholic zeal.

Hordes hoping for miracle throng Philippine Catholic procession

Manila - Throngs of believers flung themselves at a historic statue of Jesus Christ as it inched through Manila on Wednesday for an annual procession that is one of the world's biggest shows of Catholic zeal.

US clergy abuse survivors demand inclusion in Vatican reforms

Chicago - Patricia Gallagher Marchant was first abused by a priest who befriended her family when she was seven or eight years old.

Slain French monks among 19 to be beatified in Algeria

Oran - The Catholic Church will on Saturday beatify in Algeria seven French monks and 12 other clergy killed during the country's civil war, the first ceremony of its kind in a Muslim nation.

Chinese bishop 'missing' despite Vatican deal

Bejing - A bishop in eastern China belonging to the Vatican-aligned unofficial church has gone missing, sources told AFP on Thursday, despite a historic accord reached between Beijing and the Holy See barely two months ago.

Mass infant grave at Irish Catholic home to be excavated

Dublin - Ireland's government on Tuesday approved the full excavation of a mass grave of infant and children's remains on the site of a former Catholic home for unmarried mothers.

North Korea wants Pope to visit, South to tell Vatican

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited Pope Francis to visit, saying he would be "ardently welcomed", South Korea's presidency said Tuesday, adding it would pass on Pyongyang's message to the Vatican.

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.

Abuse victim sues Vatican in bid to identify predators

Los Angeles - A US man who says he was raped by a priest as a child announced Thursday he was suing the Vatican seeking the identification of accused clergy members worldwide.

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 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.
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