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Catholic Church to pay $1.75 million to father over son’s abuse

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Illinois-based Catholic group agreed on Friday to pay $1.75 million to the father of a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly sexually abused by one of its priests in Florida after the two met in an Internet chatroom. The Order of the Carmelites, a religious group known…

Second night of riots in Belfast

A second night of rioting erupted in Northern Ireland at the height of the Protestant marching season, with two police officers briefly set on fire by petrol bombs and numerous arrests, police said Wednesday. Rioters threw petrol bombs, bricks, bottles and fireworks at officers and set cars alight in the…

Liberal U.S. Catholics say the Church isn’t listening

DETROIT (Reuters) – Members of a liberal group of U.S. Roman Catholics on Sunday called on Church leaders to open talks with their members on controversies ranging from the ordination of women to allowing priests to marry. Members of the American Catholic Council, meeting in Detroit, said they had grown…

Christian pilgrims mark Easter in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Christian pilgrims have gathered to pray in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre to celebrate Easter Sunday at the traditional site of Jesus’s crucifixion and burial. Worshippers knelt to press their foreheads and kiss the stone on which they believe his body was prepared for the tomb. Others…

Nebraska bishop: No communion for Planned Parenthood supporters

Support for the reproductive health care provider Planned Parenthood continues to be a contentious issue for Catholic groups and bishops. According to Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska, Catholic lawmakers who support Planned Parenthood should be denied Communion “because they’ve defected from the Church’s faith.” “It advocates contraception,” Bruskewitz told…

Over 800 abuse cases reported in Austrian Catholic institutions

VIENNA — Over 800 cases of abuse in Catholic institutions in Austria have been reported so far, a commission tasked with investigating abuse cases announced on Wednesday. A total 837 abuse victims approached the commission, which was set up by the Austrian Catholic Church last year after it was hit…

Catholic group claims children raped by priests were ‘homosexual’ participants, not victims

The anti-gay Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is going on the attack against “those who are distorting the truth about priestly sexual abuse.” The group bought an expensive full-page ad in The New York Times Monday that places the blames for the church’s scandals on “homosexuality, not pedophilia.”…

Though Catholics can’t become royalty, they’re asked to pray for William and Kate

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – The Catholic church in England and Wales has issued a prayer to bless the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton – even though Catholics themselves are banned from becoming a British king or queen. The prayer asks for God’s blessing upon the couple, who will get married on April 29, “as they…

Catholic NGO told to halt west Darfur aid

KHARTOUM — Sudan has ordered a Catholic aid agency to close its operations in west Darfur by the end of the month, in a move the organisation says will deprive 400,000 people of emergency food supplies. “The government has asked us to leave Darfur because they said they couldn’t guarantee…

Political prisoner freed in Cuba: Catholic church

HAVANA (AFP) – Cuba’s Roman Catholic church announced Saturday that arrangements have been made for the release of a political prisoner who had refused exile in Spain. Diosdado Gonzalez, 48, an electrician by trade, was one of six dissidents left from a group of 75 imprisoned in a 2003 crackdown…

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