Cuba’s Catholic Church to open first new seminary in decades

By Reuters Staff
November 2, 2010

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The Roman Catholic Church will open on Wednesday its first new seminary in Cuba in more than half a century in a further sign of its improving relations with the island’s communist-led government.

Pope must make amends, say British abuse victims

September 15, 2010

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Victims of abuse by Catholic priests urged the Vatican on the eve of Pope Benedict’s visit to Britain to hand over lists of suspected offenders to the police to prevent further cases of clerical sex crimes.

German Jesuit report shows years of sexual abuse cover-up

By Reuters Staff
May 27, 2010
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Canisius College, the Jesuit high school in Berlin, January 28, 2010/Fabrizio Bensch

Italian sexual abuse victims want Pope Benedict to speak out

April 9, 2010
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Abuse victim Gianni Bisoli in Verona April 8, 2010/Paolo Bona

Abuse victim Dario Laiti is deaf and has great difficulty speaking. But he has a clear message for Pope Benedict: expose predator priests, past and present, living and dead, for the good of the Church.

Africa also suffers sex abuse by priests: Joburg RC archbishop

April 8, 2010
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A member of the faithful shows a crucifix to Pope Benedict XVI during a youth rally at the Dos Coqueiros stadium in Luanda, Angola March 21, 2009/Alessandro Bianchi

Sex abuse scandals shake Church but not faith

April 7, 2010
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Catholics at Easter Mass at the Beijing Southern Catholic Church April 3, 2010/Petar Kujundzic

Pope-victims gap is tip of iceberg of incomprehension in Catholic Church

March 21, 2010
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Pope Benedict in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, 17 March 2010/Alessandro Bianchi

German Catholics urge pope to speak out on sex scandals

By Reuters Staff
March 15, 2010
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"... And the pope is silent" reads the front page headline in this Hamburg daily, 15 March 2010

El Salvador honors Jesuit priests slain during civil war

November 17, 2009

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(Photo: A painting commemorating six slain Jesuit priests,16 Nov 2009/Luis Galdamez)

El Salvador has honored six Jesuit priests killed by the army 20 years ago in one of the most notorious atrocities of the country’s long and vicious civil war.Leftist President Mauricio Funes, the first leader from a party of former Cold War rebels that fought in the conflict, granted the priests El Salvador’s highest honor posthumously in a ceremony on Monday.U.S.-backed soldiers shot the priests at their home at a local university on the night of Nov. 16, 1989, to silence their strong criticism of rights abuses committed by the army during the 12-year civil war that ended in 1992.  Five of the priests were Spanish and one was Salvadorean.Read the whole story here. More on this at … Vatican RadioBBC (photo essay)Catholic News ServiceLos Angeles TimesNational Jesuit News.

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Vatican-Anglican: where in the details will the devil be hiding?

October 24, 2009

tiber-and-st-peters1If “the devil is in the details” when two groups seek a merger, where will he be hiding when the Vatican talks with disaffected Anglicans who want to join the Roman church? Neither the agenda nor the schedule for these talks are clear, but some issues are starting to emerge as possible hurdles to a smooth switchover for Anglicans who want to “swim the Tiber.”