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Yahoo News Explains: Is the Vatican doing enough to address sexual abuse in the church?

Yahoo News Explains: Is the Vatican doing enough to address sexual abuse in the church?The Vatican halted a plan by U.S. bishops to address the age-old sexual abuse issues plaguing the Roman Catholic Church.



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Synagogue attack awakens awful memories for daughter of Charleston church shooting victim

Synagogue attack awakens awful memories for daughter of Charleston church shooting victimThe mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh awakened terrible memories for the Rev. Sharon Risher, whose mother was murdered at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina three years ago.



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Catholic church split over abuse scandal gravity

Catholic church split over abuse scandal gravityPope Francis has vowed to end clerical sexual abuse, but bishops from Asia and Africa have shown a mixed response to a scandal some have termed a “Western problem”. As the talks began, Francis warned again that abuse and cover ups would not be tolerated. Eamon Martin, the President of the Irish Episcopal Conference, said some churches were “in denial” and had not given the anti-paedophilia campaign “its proper place”.



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Vatican meeting ends with call for greater role for women in Church

Vatican meeting ends with call for greater role for women in ChurchThe role of women took center stage at the synod, which was focused on reaching out to young people but has been overshadowed by the scandal over sex abuse in the Church and acrimony between social conservatives and reformers. A working paper for the gathering, which began on Oct. 3, had used the acronym LGBT, but this did not appear in the 60-page final document. The document also called for stricter measures to combat sexual abuse, including more transparency in Church structures, and denounced a culture of elitism among some Church leaders which it said can facilitate cover-up and corruption.



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Painting of Jesus survives 7-alarm fire that burned Massachusetts church to the ground

Painting of Jesus survives 7-alarm fire that burned Massachusetts church to the groundA seven-alarm fire that tore through a 150-year-old church in Massachusetts



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Suspect In Fatal Kroger Shooting First Tried To Get Inside Black Church: Police

Suspect In Fatal Kroger Shooting First Tried To Get Inside Black Church: PoliceJEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A white man with a history of violence and mental



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Jesus painting survives church blaze

Jesus painting survives church blazeA 150-year-old church in Wakefield, Massachusetts, was destroyed by a seven-alarm fire.



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US opens federal investigation into Catholic Church abuse

US opens federal investigation into Catholic Church abuseThe US has for the first time opened a federal investigation into abuse committed by Catholic clergy, issuing a subpoena to dioceses in Pennsylvania two months after the publication of a report on decades of sexual abuse in the state. “The archdiocese will cooperate with the United States Department of Justice in this matter,” it said.



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Justice Department probes Catholic Church sex abuse in Pennsylvania

Justice Department probes Catholic Church sex abuse in PennsylvaniaThe investigation is the first statewide probe by federal authorities of allegations of sex abuse and cover-up by the Catholic Church in the United States.



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Pope canonises murdered Salvadoran Archbishop and Pope who enshrined Church opposition to contraception

Pope canonises murdered Salvadoran Archbishop and Pope who enshrined Church opposition to contraceptionPope Francis has canonised Pope Paul VI and Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, two of the most contested figures of the Catholic Church in the 20th century, who both had a powerful influence over his papacy.   In a ceremony on Sunday that drew more than 70,000 people to St Peter’s Square, Francis also presided over the canonisation of five other, including the German founder of a religious congregation, the Spanish founder of another order, two Italian priests and a teen-ager.   “All these saints, in different contexts, put today’s word into practice in their lives, without lukewarmness, without calculation, with the passion to risk everything and to leave it all behind,” Pope Francis said in his homily.   A Latin American icon, Archbishop Romero vocally opposed military oppression of El Salvador's right-wing government and was gunned down during Mass in a hospital chapel in March 1980.  He was remembered by Francis in his homily as a man who “left the security of the world, even his own safety, in order to give his life according to the Gospel, close to the poor and to his people, with a heart drawn to Jesus and his brothers and sisters.” Romero was shot dead by gunmen linked to right-wing death squads, a day after telling an army made up largely of peasants that they were killing their own people.  Paul VI guided the Church trough one of its most turbulent modern periods and was the first Pope who travelled abroad, starting a new tradition for his successors.  Faced with the issue of whether to change the Church’s longstanding opposition to artificial birth control, Paul VI issued his landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae in 1968, delivering a strong “no” to change and reaffirming the Church’s position on contraception.



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