Australia’s most senior Catholic arrives at court for sentencing

The van thought to be carrying Australia’s most senior Catholic, George Pell, arrives at a Melbourne’s County Court for sentencing. IMAGES

Pope marks start of Lenten period of reflection

Pope Francis led a ceremony on Wednesday to mark the start of the Catholic church’s annual Lenten period of reflection in preparation for Easter. (March 6)

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Most senior Catholic charged with abuse convicted

Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse, has been convicted in Australia of molesting two choirboys. (Feb. 26)

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Top Vatican cleric Cardinal Pell convicted of child sex crimes

Cardinal George Pell arrives at an Australian court. The third-ranking official in the Vatican, has been found guilty of child sex crimes in Australia, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted for child sexual abuse. IMAGES

NGO End Clergy Abuse asks Vatican to act immediately

Following a historic summit in the Vatican on the fight against paedophilia, civil society wants to ensure that the Catholic Church really implements its resolutions. The NGO ECA (End Clergy Abuse) thus presents 21 points on which the Vatican must act immediately.

Pope hosts summit on abuse where cardinal admits files destroyed

Pope Francis continues to host a landmark summit at the Vatican on fighting child sex abuse where a top Catholic cardinal admits that Church files on priests accused of sexually abusing children were destroyed or never even drawn up in a move which allowed paedophiles to prey on others. IMAGES

Clergy abuse triggers calls for new accountability

Cardinals attending Pope Francis’ summit on preventing clergy sex abuse have called for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors who fail to protect their flocks from predator priests. (Feb. 22)

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Ex-nun reacts to Catholic church ‘sex slave’ scandal

Former French nun Laurence Poujade, who claims to have been sexually abused by a member of the Community of St. Jean in France, says she has been waiting “for twenty years to be able to speak”. She is happy that Pope François admits that priests have used nuns as “sexual slaves” but adds it’s just ‘a step’, not ‘the final stop’.

Pope calls for equal citizenship in Middle East

Pope Francis calls for equal citizenship rights and religious freedom in the Middle East during the first visit by the head of the Catholic church to the Arabian Peninsula.

Texas Catholic leaders name 286 accused of abuse

(1 Feb 2019) Catholic leaders in Texas on Thursday identified 286 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children. Some investigations dated back to 1950. The majority of those identified have since died. (Feb. 1)

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