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Pope sanctions former US bishop accused of sexual harassment

21 July 2019, 9:40 PM

Pope Francis has banned a former US bishop accused of sexual harassment and of financial mismanagement from performing the liturgy, the Vatican News website reported Sunday.

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Gunmen kill six in second church attack in Burkina Faso

12 May 2019, 8:48 PM

Gunmen killed six people including a priest outside a Catholic church in Burkina Faso on Sunday, a local official said, the second attack on Christians in two weeks in a nation increasingly overrun by jihadists.

Pope Francis

Pope decrees bishops must be directly accountable for sex abuse or cover-ups

9 May 2019, 4:24 PM

Pope Francis issued a landmark decree on Thursday; making bishops directly accountable for sexual abuse or covering it up, requiring clerics to report any cases to Church superiors and allowing anyone to complain directly to the Vatican if needed.

Francis and Ezzati

Francis accepts archbishop of Santiago’s resignation

23 March 2019, 6:06 PM

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Chilean Cardinal Riccardo Ezzati, who had agreed to step down along with his country’s bishops over sexual abuse cases and their cover-up.

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, arrives to attend his trial.

Convicted French cardinal to resignation

18 March 2019, 9:42 AM

The private meeting between Cardinal Philippe Barbarin and Pope Francis is expected to take place around 0900 GMT, according to his diocese, with the pontiff to decide within weeks whether to accept his resignation.

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