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Vatican Cardinal George Pell Faces Australian Court on Charges of Sexual Abuse

Silent but defiant, Cardinal George Pell made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday on charges of sexual abuse, vowing through his lawyer to fight the allegations that have rocked Rome and threatened the pope’s image as a crusader against abusive clergy. (more…)

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UK May Soon Require Christian Schools to Accept Students of Other Faiths

Politicians in the U.K. are reportedly set to drop plans that would have allowed single-faith schools to remain as they are. Christian schools may soon be required to ensure that half of their students are from different religious backgrounds. (more…)

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Lawyer Ulrich Weber was tasked with carrying out an independent investigation into abuse at the Domspatzen boys choir. He presented his 440-page report during a news conference Tuesday in Regensburg, southern Germany. (Armin Weigel/AFP/Getty Images)

Report: Over 500 Boys Physically and Sexually Abused at Storied Catholic Choir in Germany

A report released Tuesday found that at least 547 former members of Germany’s most storied Catholic choir for boys were physically or sexually abused, the latest revelation in a case that has roiled the Domspatzen choir in Regensburg, led for many years by the brother of Pope Benedict XVI, Georg

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Christian Research Institute Founder’s Family Demands Hank Hanegraaff To Step Down After his Conversion To Eastern Orthodoxy

Family members of Dr. Walter Martin, founder of the Christian Research Institute, are calling on current CRI president Hank Hanegraaff to step down due to his conversion from evangelicalism to Eastern Orthodoxy. (more…)

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Malta Legalizes Homosexual Marriage Despite Opposition From Catholic Church

Lawmakers in predominantly Roman Catholic Malta legalized same-sex marriage Wednesday, joining much of Western Europe by replacing the traditional “you are now husband and wife” declaration in civil ceremonies with “you are now spouses.” (more…)

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Pope Fires Head of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith as Sex Abuse Crisis Reappears

Pope Francis sacked the head of the Vatican office that handles sex abuse cases Saturday, just days after he released another top Vatican cardinal to return home to stand trial for alleged sexual assault. (more…)

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Catholic Church Officials Say Fighting Has Killed Over 3,000 In Congo’s Kasai Region

Congolese security forces and a militia fighting them have killed at least 3,383 people in the central Kasai region since October, the Catholic church said on Tuesday, in the most detailed report to date on the violence. (more…)

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South Sudanese Catholics pray during Mass in 2011 at a church in Juba (CNS photo/ Mohmaed Messara, EPA)

Pope Francis Announces Plan to Aid War-Stricken People of South Sudan

Pope Francis is providing concrete aid to the war-stricken people of South Sudan and is calling on the international community “to make greater and renewed efforts” to find a solution to that devastating conflict that has left half of the country’s population hungry every day, Cardinal Peter Turkson told a

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