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Vatican expresses ‘shame and sorrow’ over US grand jury report on abuse

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The Vatican, in its first response to a damning report by a U.S. grand jury on sexual abuse of children by priests in Pennsylvania, on Thursday expressed “shame and sorrow”.

The grand jury on Tuesday released the findings of the largest-ever investigation of sex abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church, finding that 301 priests in the state had sexually abused minors over the past 70 years.

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In a statement, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke also said the Catholic Church “must learn hard lessons from its past”, and that the Vatican vowed to hold abusers and enablers accountable.

The statement stressed the “need to comply” with civil law, including mandatory reporting of abuse against minors and said Pope Francis understands how “these crimes can shake the faith and spirit of believers” and that he wanted to “root out this tragic horror”.

Earlier on Thursday, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops called for a Vatican-led probe backed by lay investigators into allegations of sexual abuse by former Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who resigned last month.

Reporting By Philip Pullella, editing by Steve Scherer

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Trump’s alleged ‘checkup’ at Walter Reed was ‘abnormal’ and ‘scheduled last minute’: report

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President Donald Trump's unexpected trip to Walter Reed medical center did not follow "routine" protocols for a presidential medical exam, CNN's Jeremy Diamond reported on Sunday.

A source familiar with Trump's visit to the hospital told Diamond that staff was not notified prior to the president's visit.

President Donald Trump's visit to Walter Reed on Saturday did not follow the protocol of a routine presidential medical exam, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Trump turned the Louisiana and Kentucky races into a ‘referendum’ on himself and it ‘backfired’: Politico

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According to Politico's Alex Isenstadt, Donald Trump put his reputation on the line in the past two weeks to help save one Republican governor's job and win the governorship in a state that went to him by over 20 points in 2016 and it blew up in his face.

In the wake of Trump failing to persuade voters on Louisiana to oust Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards  and replace him with multimillionaire businessman Eddie Rispone, the Politico correspondent said Trump's attempt to demonstrate his pull with voters "backfired in dramatic fashion."

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Trump illiteracy goes viral after he calls Pam Bondi ‘a great womem’: ‘He can’t admit he’s wrong to autocorrect’

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President Donald Trump was mocked by Twitter users on Sunday after mistakenly referred to Pam Bondi as a "great womem."

In a Sunday morning tweet, Trump attempted to praise Bondi, who has taken a job at the White House to help with impeachment messaging.

#QAnon people,

meaning of the typo?

"womem"EMElon Musk?? pic.twitter.com/PGVSEeXQzm

— TheGreatAwakening (@TheGreatAwake17) November 17, 2019

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