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PARIS – The French bishops' conference has condemned rising anti-Semitism in the country, as official data showed a massive increase of attacks, prompting new government measures.

Clericalism, abuse of power, at heart of sex abuse crisis, Colombian cardinal says

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VATICAN – The abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is a call for bishops to unmask the deep-seated clericalism that placed protection of the institution of the church above the sufferings of victims, said the head of the council of Latin American bishops. 

Haitian unrest hits Development and Peace partners

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Two weeks of violent political unrest in Haiti is wreaking havoc with Development and Peace’s partner organizations.

Do not fear crisis, the Pope is leading us into uncharted territory, former head of Dominican says

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QUEBEC CITY – The Catholic Church should not be afraid of crisis; through crisis, it will grow and spring new life, said Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe.

Bishops must protect their flock from abuse at all costs, Archbishop Scicluna says

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VATICAN – Catholics need to know that their leaders "mean business" when it comes to protecting minors from abuse, the Vatican's top abuse investigator told representatives of the world's bishops and religious orders.

Survivors expose 'cancer' of clerical sex abuse at summit

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VATICAN – "Every time I refused to have sex with him, he would beat me," an abuse survivor from Africa told Pope Francis and bishops attending the Vatican summit on child protection and the abuse crisis.

Vatican sex abuse summit opens with acknowledgment of evil committed

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VATICAN – Opening the Vatican summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis said, "The holy people of God are watching and are awaiting from us not simple, predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective measures" to stop abuse.

Survivors demand that Church leaders 'break the code of silence' at abuse summit

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VATICAN – Abuse survivors and support groups were very clear about what they want the world's bishops, religious superiors, the pope and the Vatican to do to protect children and end clerical sexual abuse.

Irish archbishop warns against sex abuse becoming 'political football'

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DUBLIN – Ahead of a major Vatican summit on the protection of minors, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Northern Ireland, has criticized Catholics who use the issue of clerical abuse to score points against people they disagree with in the church.

Notre Dame rescinds McCarrick's honourary degree

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SOUTH BEND, Ind., – The University of Notre Dame has rescinded the honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degree it conferred on former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2008, becoming the latest of a growing number of schools who have rescinded honorary degrees from the defrocked former archbishop.

Blaming homosexuality for sex abuse of minors is 'absolutely immoral', victims say

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ROME – People must stop using homosexuals as scapegoats for the sexual abuse of children, two male survivors of abuse by priests told reporters.