APRNEWS - Cardinal Angelo Becciu, 73, the only cardinal among 10 defendants at a corruption trial that began last July, also testified that he had no improper relations with an Italian woman who was an intermediary in the operation to free the nun.
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APRNEWS - Pope Francis on Thursday passed a measure to oblige those who know about sex abuse in the Catholic Church to report it to their superiors, following a global clerical paedophilia scandal.
APRNEWS - Pope Francis on Thursday sent a message of peace ahead of his 2 day visit to Morocco.
The head of the Vatican is the first pope to visit the north African nation in 35 years.
APRNEWS - French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who received a six-month suspended jail sentence for failing to report sex abuse by a priest under his authority, is due to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday to tender his resignation.
APRNEWS - Pope Francis will visit Romania for three days from May 31 to June 2, the Vatican announced on Friday.
REUTERS - Pope Francis has removed two cardinals who have been hit by scandals from his group of close advisers, the Vatican said on Wednesday.
The two are Cardinal George Pell of Australia and Francisco Javier Errázuriz of Chile. Both have been the subject of allegations related to sexual abuse — accusations they have denied.
REUTERS - The Roman Catholic Church formally changed its teaching on Thursday to declare the death penalty inadmissible whatever the circumstance, a move likely to be criticized in countries where capital punishment is legal.
APRNEWS - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Philip Wilson, an Australian archbishop convicted in May of concealing abuse by a notorious paedophile priest in the 1970s, the Vatican said Monday.