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Priest seized by Qaeda-linked rebels in Syria 'freed'

Jerusalem - A priest kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked rebels in northwestern Syria was released on Thursday, the Franciscan Order said, days after his abduction alongside 20 other Christians."Father Hanna Jallouf has been released this morning...

Spain mourns priest who died from Ebola

Madrid - Several hundred mourners joined a funeral service on Wednesday for a Spanish priest who died from Ebola after being infected in Liberia, becoming the first European victim of the worst-ever outbreak of the virus.

Priest arrested in Italy for allegedly selling drugs

Police officers in Italy arrested a catholic priest after he took part in a noisy cocaine party in the fashion capital of Milan.

Dutch priest who saw Syria as home shot dead in Homs

Damascus - Dutch priest Frans van der Lugt, who gained renown for his insistence on staying in Syria's besieged city of Homs, has been shot dead by a masked gunman.

Dutch priest who saw Syria as home shot dead in Homs

Damascus - Dutch priest Frans van der Lugt, who gained renown for his insistence on staying in Syria's besieged city of Homs, was shot dead there on Monday by a masked gunman.

Priest at 'Ecce Homo' church up on €210,000 fraud charge

Borja - You may remember the controversial "restoration" performed on the "Ecce Homo" fresco at a church in Borja, Spain. Well, to add to the controversy, the priest at that church is now being charged with fraud and alleged sexual abuse.

Spain: Man with revolver breaks into house of former PP treasurer

Madrid - A 64-year-old man, armed with an antique revolver and dressed as a prison chaplain, broke into the family home of jailed former Partido Popular (PP) treasurer Luis Bárcenas on Wednesday afternoon.

Spanish police arrest Irish priest accused of child sexual abuse

Arona - National Police in Tenerife have located an 85-year-old Irish priest accused of sexually abusing three altar boys for years. He was detained under a European arrest warrant.

Documents fuel conjecture of Pope's resignation, immunity request

Providence - The release of court documents involving a Roman Catholic organization is fueling speculation that Pope Benedict was forced to resign.

Priest calls 911 after getting 'stuck' in handcuffs, gagged

Springfield - A Catholic priest found himself in a compromising situation, forced to call 911 for assistance after getting "stuck" in a pair of handcuffs.

Priest, 92, stripped of duties for holding Mass with woman priest

Bill Brennan, a 92-year-old Milwaukee-area Catholic Jesuit priest, was stripped of his priestly duties by church authorities after he held a Eucharistic liturgy with a woman priest in Georgia.

TSA hired priest accused of molesting girls to do pat downs

The Transportation and Security Administration decided not to perform a background check on a defrocked priest who was accused of molesting girls.

Priest who blamed children for abuse still under fire Special

New York - Last week Father Benedict Groeschel, a prominent Catholic priest, found himself in the eye of a controversial storm after he made statements blaming children for sexual abuse. Reactions to his his comments were swift and fierce.

Priest with abuse history spanning five decades pleads not guilty

Salem - Another New York priest finds himself in the middle of a controversy, the second in less then a week. Father Richard McCormick appeared in Salem Superior Court Friday, pleading not guilt to five counts of child rape.

Catholic priest blames children for sexual abuse

New York - A prominent Catholic priest says he believes “youngsters” are often to blame for sexual abuse by priests and that priests who are first time offenders should not be jailed for their crime.

Ex-priest accused of child sex abuse gets job with TSA

Philadelphia - A former Catholic priest, expelled from the ministry over child sexual abuse allegations, now holds a position with the TSA at Philadelphia International Airport.

Catholic pedophile investigator jailed for child pornography

Plymouth - Christopher Jarvis, a man appointed pedophile investigator and "child safeguarding officer" for the Diocese of Plymouth, South West England, has been jailed 12 months for possession of thousands of child pornographic images.

Halifax Archbishop explains why Church must pay sex abuse victims

Yarmouth - In a letter to parishioners of the Yarmouth diocese, the Halifax Roman Catholic Archbishop is appealing for understanding as to why the Church must pay settlements to victims of sexual abuse.

Priest defrocked for sexual abuse works as organist in new state

Saint Clair Shores - The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has exposed a defrocked Ohio Priest working as an organist at a Catholic church in Michigan and have requested an investigation by the Archdiocese of Detroit into the hiring practices of church employees.

Conservative priest Marshall Brown fired for viewing porn

Fairfax - Marshall Brown, a priest for 10 years at Truro Church, an Episcopal church in Virginia, has been fired for using church computers to view pornography. Truro Church has been in the news for opposing a 2003 decision to consecrate a gay bishop.

Catholic Church sponsors seminar to recruit and train exorcists

Baltimore - Inundated with requests for exorcists, US Roman Catholic bishops held a special training workshop in Maryland over the weekend to teach clerics the esoteric rite of exorcism. The much-anticipated event hosted more then a hundred attendees.

Skateboarding priest a YouTube hit

A Hungarian priest has become a YouTube hit after a video him skateboarding, while in full clerical dress, went viral on the video-sharing site.

Six-week-old baby drowns during baptism in Moldova

A baby boy drowned as he was being baptized by a priest in Moldova. The priest, Father Valentin, immersed the boy three times in the presence of his parents and godparents during the baptism ceremony.

Priest falls from grace after stealing $1.3 million from church

Waterbury - A former pastor of a Roman Catholic parish in Connecticut is facing larceny charges. Rev. Kevin J. Gray is accused of stealing over $1 million of church money to pay for a secret life of luxury. Gray said he the church owed the money to him.

Priest develops iPad App to celebrate Mass

When some priests travel, they may have a book to use as a missal for Mass. But an Italian priest has developed an application that will let priests use an iPad in place of the usual Roman missal.

Man arrested for rape of Nun and murder plot

Bhubaneswar - Police have arrested a key Hindu radical wanted for rape and attack of Nun and a priest during an anti-catholic protest in India. The man was allegedly plotting to kill them both following the 2008 rape to keep them from testifying against the angry mob.

Vandals desecrate praying Virgin Mary statue Special

Charlotte - A statue of the Virgin Mary was vandalized at a Charlotte church and police are trying to figure out who did it. Church members are outraged that someone would cut off the head and hands of Mary, who stands at the center of St. Matthew's garden of peace.

Priest under house-arrest in Italy confesses to pedophilia

Teramo - A 40-year-old priest from India has been charged with sexual violence involving a 10-year-old girl in Italy. He is under house-arrest and has confessed to sexually abusing the girl after luring her with a Santa Claus doll as a gift.

Protest against Catholic schools in Berlin Special

Berlin - On April 15, a group of students and former students organized a protest in Berlin against the educational system in the Catholic schools.

Seminarian Convicted of Sexual Misconduct is Now Ordained Priest

An American seminarian who has been convicted of sexual misconduct in Detroit Michigan in late 1990s has moved to the Philippines to pursue his seminary studies and eventually ordained priest in 2001.
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An armed man, dressed as a priest, gained access to the home of Luis Barcenas, former PP treasurer and threatened his family.
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On April 14, a group of students and former students organized a protest in Berlin against the educational system in Catholic schools.
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