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Pope to beg forgiveness for 'evil' done to indigenous Canadians
The Pontiff will apologise to Indigenous leaders and residential school survivors. The visit marks a radical rethink of the Catholic Church’s missionary legacy, spurred on by the first pope from the Americas and the discovery of hundreds of probable graves at the school sites.
Curse-fearing thief returns 2000-year-old sacred relic
A Dutch art sleuth has tracked down one of the most sacred artefacts of the Catholic Church.
Report finds 196 German clerics abused children in Münster diocese
The research found that there were at least 610 victims of abuse in the diocese over 75 years, but the true number could be as high as 6,000.
German priest found dead after being suspended over abuse allegations
The diocese in Limburg said the news had "hit them hard" and "raises many questions".
Church convicts Catholic ex-priest of abusing boy for several years
The man was ordered to pay 10% of his income to a charity that supports victims of abuse.
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Catholics celebrate Good Friday with masses and processions.
Probe into Portuguese church sex abuse receives nearly 300 claims
A panel that began its inquiry in January has received witness statements from 290 alleged victims, with cases involving children as young as two years old.
Holy Week call for recognition from gay men in Andalucia
Members of Spanish brotherhoods who dress Virgin Mary floats for Holy Week accuse religious leaders of hypocrisy over their sexuality.
Meet the gay stylists playing a key role in Spain’s Holy Week
Despite being heavily involved in the most famous, theatrical and rapturous Holy Week in the world, the LGBT+ community in southern Spain are continually relegated to the margins
Pope apologises for 'deplorable' abuse of Canadian indigenous people
More than 150,000 native children in Canada were forced to attend Christian schools from the 19th century until the 1970s.
Spain approves investigation into sexual abuse within Catholic Church
The Spanish clergy has long been criticised for its failure to investigate allegations of sexual violence.
German court convicts Catholic Church priest of abusing children
The 70-year-old was sentenced to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay victims €50,000 in damages.
Abuse survivors demand inquiry into Italian Catholic Church
Advocates for victims of sex abuse by Italian clergy launched a campaign on Tuesday to demand an inquiry into the scope of the problem.
More than 200 allegations of sex abuse in Portuguese Catholic Church
An independent committee was set up in January to examine historical sex abuse.
Ex-pope asks for pardon over sex abuse scandal but denies wrongdoing
A recent report found that Pope Benedict had failed to handle cases of sexual abuse at the Munich diocese.
Spain moves closer to investigation into Catholic Church sex abuse
Spain's Bishops Conference has now refused an official inquiry into allegations of priest abuse.
Spain: Left-wing parties call for inquiry commission into church abuse
The call by Podemos, ERC (The Republican Left of Catalonia), and EH Bildu (Euskal Herria Bildu) follows a 3-year newspaper investigation and similar inquiries in other European countries.
Vatican defends Pope Benedict XVI over fighting clergy sexual abuse
The Vatican's comments followed the publication of an independent report that faulted Benedict's handling of four cases of abuse when he was archbishop of Munich in Germany.
Ex-Pope Benedict XVI admits attending meeting about abusive priest
The retired Pope had denied attending the meeting to the investigators but says his statement had mistakes in it due to editing "oversight".
Pope Francis pledges justice for sex abuse victims after Munich report
A lawyers' report found that Benedict XVI had mishandled four cases of sexual abuse in the clergy while archbishop of Munich.
'Horrendous': Catholic Church slams swastika-draped coffin at funeral
The swastika-emblazoned Nazi flag was branded “a horrendous symbol irreconcilable with Christianity".
Pope Francis says COVID-19 vaccination is a 'moral obligation'
Francis also lamented that increasing "ideological divides" were discouraging people from getting vaccinated.
Spain's youngest bishop stripped of powers for marrying erotica author
Xavier Novell may be an example of nominative determinism after having been professionally undone by that particular literary form.
Italian diocese apologises after bishop says Santa doesn't exist
A Roman Catholic diocese in Sicily apologised after reports emerged that a bishop had told children that Santa did not exist.
Pope blasts 'shipwreck of civilisation' on Lesbos migrant camp visit
"Please, let us stop this shipwreck of civilisation!" Francis said as he visited a migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.
Europe 'torn by nationalist egoism' on migration, says Pope
The pope's trip to the region has focused on the plight of asylum-seekers as some European nations harden their border control policies.