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Pope: Abuse victims’ outcry more powerful than efforts to silence them

"No effort must be spared" to prevent future cases of clerical sexual abuse and "to prevent the possibility of their being covered up," Pope Francis said in a letter addressed "to the people of God."

Changing the world requires action, not dreaming, cardinal says

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said men and women must ask themselves how to bring about change in light of the "current situation in the West."

Religious groups to fight physical, sexual violence against kids in Peru

Catholic and other Christian and non-Christian religious groups launched an effort Aug. 16 to combat violence, especially sexual violence, against children in Peru.

Latin American church leaders mark 50 years of ‘option for the poor’

Latin American church leaders will meet in Medellin Aug. 23-26 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a landmark regional bishops' meeting that took place in the same city in 1968.

Vatican wants accountability for abusers, those who protected them

In the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, a Vatican spokesman called the abuses described in the report as being "criminal and morally reprehensible."

Pittsburgh bishop apologizes to abuse victims, reviews abuse response

Bishop David A. Zubik expressed sorrow and apologized to young victims of clergy sexual abuse, while explaining his diocese's 30-year record of working to remove offenders, assist victims and prevent further abuse.

Pope names Venezuelan prelate to top position in Secretariat of State

Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra, current nuncio to Mozambique, will take up his new position as "substitute secretary for general affairs" Oct. 15.

On Assumption feast, pope asks consolation for all who suffer

Mary's assumption into heaven was a special sign of God's favor, but it also indicates God's desire to save all people, body and soul, Pope Francis said.

Moncton archbishop: Seeking justice for abuse victims is key to a brighter future

Archbishop Vienneau estimated that the Archdiocese of Moncton will pay between $8 million and $10 million. "The victims have compensation rights. Their integrity was hurt. We have a justice to repair as a church."

Court approves house arrest for Australian archbishop

Archbishop Philip Wilson was found guilty of failing to report child sexual abuse allegations in the 1970s. He was sentenced to one year's detention, but with the possibility of parole after six months.