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Commission into French church sex abuse claims opens

Paris - An independent commission set up by the French Catholic Church to look at allegations of sexual abuse by clerics begins its work on Monday by launching an appeal for witness statements.

How abused boy scouts made the French church tremble

Lyon - The conviction of the archbishop of Lyon for covering up paedophilia in his diocese is a victory for victim and campaigner Francois Devaux, whose dogged efforts to publicise the abuse have made him a hero -- and a reluctant cinema star.

French cardinal convicted over sex abuse cover-up

Lyon - The archbishop of Lyon Thursday announced he was resigning just hours after being handed a six-month suspended jail sentence for failing to report sex abuse in a case that has rocked the French Catholic Church and added to the Vatican's woes.

French court to rule on cardinal accused of sex abuse cover-up

Lyon - A French court on Thursday will deliver its verdict in the case of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, accused of covering up sexual abuse of minors by one of his priests.

Group sees 'disconnect' between pope's words, actions on sex abuse

Paris - A US-based group that compiles data on sexual abuse by Catholic clerics and bishops accused of covering it up fears that a bid by Pope Francis to tackle the scandals is a case of too little, too late.

Prosecutor presents no charges, but trial of French cardinal still on

Lyon - A state prosecutor on Wednesday declined to press charges against a French cardinal accused of covering up sex abuse of minors by a priest in his diocese, but the court case rolled on.

French cardinal denies covering up for paedophile priest

Lyon - The most senior French Catholic cleric to stand trial over one of the paedophilia scandals that have rocked the church denied in court Monday covering up for a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s.

French cardinal to go on trial over child abuse cover up

Lyon - The highest-profile Catholic cleric to be caught up in a paedophile scandal in France goes on trial on Monday charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s.

French cardinal to go on trial over child abuse cover up

Lyon - The highest-profile Catholic cleric to be caught up in a paedophile scandal in France is to go on trial on Monday charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s.

Polish bishops apologise for child sex abuse by priests

Warsaw - Polish Catholic bishops apologised Monday to children who had suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priests and other Church leaders in the majority Catholic country.

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.

Polish bishop apologises for clerical sexual abuse

Warsaw - A Polish Catholic bishop apologised Thursday to victims of sexual abuse by clergy in the country as the Church reels from a wave of abuse scandals worldwide.

Pressure mounts on pope for tougher action on abuse scandals

Vatican City - With the Catholic Church rocked by a devastating US report into child sex abuse, Pope Francis has this week sharpened his criticism on the explosive issue -- but he remains under pressure to enact far-reaching changes.

Sexual abuse victims call for Vatican to crack down on Chilean cardinals

Vatican City - Three victims of a Chilean paedophile priest on Wednesday demanded the Catholic Church force tougher sanctions on complicit cardinals after meeting Pope Francis.

Pope offers apologies for comments on accused bishop

Pope Francis on Monday apologised to victims of sexual abuse after he caused outrage by appearing to support a controversial Chilean bishop.

Pope offers 'apologies' for comments on accused bishop

Pope Francis on Monday offered "apologies" to victims of sexual abuse after he caused outrage by appearing to support a controversial Chilean bishop.
 

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