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Poland’s Catholic Church rejects damages request in pedophile case

Poland’s powerful Roman Catholic Church on Thursday rejected a first-ever request for damages by a victim of a convicted paedophile priest, opening the door to legal action, judicial officials said. A demand for 47,500 euros ($63,500) in damages was made by a 25-year-old male plaintiff, identified only Marcin K., who…

Pope replaces divisive Vatican figure with top diplomat

Pope Francis on Saturday appointed a senior Vatican diplomat as his new Secretary of State, ousting divisive cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as he looks to overhaul the Church’s scandal-ridden administration. His replacement for the “number two” position at the Vatican, Italian cleric Pietro Parolin, is currently the Catholic Church’s envoy to…

Pope: Women have a ‘special role’ in the Church

Pope Francis on Wednesday underlined the role played by women in the Roman Catholic Church, saying they had been more willing to believe in Jesus Christ’s resurrection than his own disciples. “Women play a primary, fundamental role in the Bible,” the pope told thousands of pilgrims at an audience in…

All eyes on the Vatican chimney as Cardinals search for a successor to Benedict XVI

Cardinals prepared for a second day of conclave behind the Vatican’s walls to elect a pope on Wednesday, with all eyes on a chimney that will signal when there is a new leader for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. The 115 cardinals held a first inconclusive vote in the Sistine…

U.S. priests accused in 700 sex cases in 2011: report

WASHINGTON — About 700 people launched new claims of sexual abuse against Catholic clergy in the United States last year, including 21 who are still minors, according to a new report released by US bishops. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said in the report released Tuesday that of…

Dissidents occupy Cuba church to press pope on change

HAVANA — With a papal visit looming, dissidents occupied a Catholic church here in a bold show of activism, demanding Pope Benedict XVI press for political freedom in Cuba, religious and dissident sources said Wednesday. Cuba’s Catholic church quickly slammed the move as “illegitimate and irresponsible.” “This is a coordinated,…

Catholics intensify campaign against same sex marriage

LONDON — The Roman Catholic Church stepped up its campaign against civil gay marriage, with a letter from two senior archbishops being read out at services in 2,500 churches on Sunday. The letter from Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and Archbishop Peter…

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…

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