Catholicism on Guam: A Brief History

A brief history of Catholicism on Guam, from its tumultuous arrival to its place today as the most powerful institution on the island to revelations that priests had sexually abused children for generations.

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Argentina: Alleged paedophile priests who abused deaf arrive for trial | AFP

Alleged paedophile priests who ran the Provolo Institute in Mendoza, a Catholic school for deaf children, arrive for trial as part of a sweeping scandal that has shaken Argentina, Pope Francis’ home country. IMAGES

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Fly buzzes Duterte as he attacks Philippine priests | AFP

A fly that interrupted his speech was working under the orders of priests, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte joked Tuesday, as he launched a new verbal attack on the country’s influential Catholic church.

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How nonprofit raised money for priests accused of sexual abuse

Since its founding in 2002, Opus Bono Sacerdotii, a Michigan nonprofit with the goal of helping priests accused of sexual abuse, has solicited help and spread its message through direct mail, its website and social media. It was able to raise more than $8 million between 2002 and 2016.

Read the AP’s investigation into the group:
https://www.apnews.com/abe2da0da2f648ad89dde483a92d3f19

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Priests accused of abuse turned to Michigan group

A tiny Michigan nonprofit raised millions to support Catholic priests accused of sex abuse. Now, one of its founders has been accused. (July 29)

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How nonprofit raised money for priests accused of sexual abuse

Since its founding in 2002, Opus Bono Sacerdotii, a Michigan nonprofit with the goal of helping priests accused of sexual abuse, has solicited help and spread its message through direct mail, its website and social media. It was able to raise more than $8 million between 2002 and 2016.

Read the AP’s investigation into the group:
https://www.apnews.com/abe2da0da2f648ad89dde483a92d3f19

Follow the AP’s “The Reckoning” series, which explores the Catholic Church’s greatest credibility crisis since the Reformation: https://www.apnews.com/TheReckoning

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Ecuador’s highest court approves same-sex marriage | AFP

People celebrate after the Ecuador’s Constitutional Court approved same-sex marriage in a landmark ruling in the traditionally Catholic and conservative South American country.

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21 killed in Mexico road accident: officials | AFP

A semi-truck and a bus carrying passengers back from a pilgrimage to a Catholic shrine crashed and burst into flames Wednesday in eastern Mexico, killing at least 21 people, officials said.

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Prayers mark one month since Sri Lanka bombings

Hundreds of Catholics pray outside the bombed St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, marking one month since the Easter Sunday suicide attacks that killed 258 people in Sri Lanka. The Catholic schools in the country have also reopened, as the country tightened security with soldiers placed in front of the school entrances.