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Fourteen priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties

Fourteen priests involved in a sex abuse scandal in Chile — which has rocked Pope Francis’s papacy — were defrocked on Tuesday. “Fourteen priests no longer are allowed to carry out their duties… These priests have taken part in actions that may be civilian crimes as well as within the church,” the bishop’s office in…

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In Mexican cartel country, priests have uneasy ties with narcos

NEWS DESK: When 15 armed men descended on his church last year demanding a blessing, Father Jesus Mendoza asked them to leave their guns outside, reported AFP. “I can’t bless you if you’re armed,” said the Catholic priest, who works in the violent southern state of Guerrero. The drug cartel enforcers agreed to put down…

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Rabbis, priests and imams tell Twitter it needs to delete Trump as soon as possible

NEWS DESK: Rabbis, priests and imams have pleaded with Twitter to remove Donald Trump’s account, reported The Independent. A full 35 leaders have signed a letter, co-ordinated by the Interfaith Center of New York, to beg Twitter to remove Mr Trump’s account and stop him from being able to post messages to the tens of…

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Pope says those who hid sex abuse by priests ‘are guilty’

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Monday unambiguously said Church officials who covered up sexual abuse “are guilty” of wrongdoing, as he returned home after a triumphant trip to the United States where he held emotional talks with child abuse survivors. In one of his strongest comments to date on a scandal that has dogged the…

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Two Italian priests kidnapped in Cameroon

ROME: Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun have been kidnapped by gunmen in northern Cameroon, Italy's foreign ministry and media reports said on Saturday. The attack occurred overnight in the north of the west African country, which borders violence-wracked Nigeria, according to Italy's Ansa news agency. The Italian foreign ministry said that two priests…

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Pope won't be lenient with predator priests, ex-prosecutor

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis will not show leniency towards paedophile priests because truth and justice are more important than protecting the Church, the Vatican's former sex crimes prosecutor said on Saturday. Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the most authoritative Catholic official on the Church's abuse crisis, also told Reuters that the number of clerics defrocked by the…

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What would Jesus drive? Pope tells priests to buy “humble” cars

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis said on Saturday it pained him to see priests driving flashy cars, and told them to pick something more “humble”.As part of his drive to make the Catholic Church more austere and focus on the poor, Francis told young and trainee priests and nuns from around the world that having the…

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Africa also suffers sex abuse by priests

JOHANNESBURG: Sexual abuse by Catholic priests is a scourge in Africa as well as the Western countries where scandals have badly hurt the Vatican's image, a leading African Catholic archbishop has said. Archbishop of Johannesburg Buti Tlhagale said the damage weakened the Church's ability to speak out with moral authority in Africa, where it has…

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Pope urges priests to make 'astute' use of Internet

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday urged priests to use the Internet “astutely” in a message for this year's World Communications Day. “Make astute use of the unique possibilities offered by modern communications,” the pope said. The Christian message “can traverse the many crossroads created by the intersection of all the different 'highways' that…

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