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Pope urges predator priests to turn themselves in

Pope urges predator priests to turn themselves in“To those who abuse minors I would say this: convert and hand yourself over to human justice, and prepare for divine justice,” Francis said in his Christmas address to the Curia, the Vatican’s central administration. This time, he concentrated on the global sexual abuse crisis. When the pope has made similar promises of zero tolerance in the past, victim groups have scoffed, saying the Church has to come up with a clear policy to make bishops themselves accountable for the mishandling of abuse cases.



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Pope Francis calls predator priests 'vicious wolves' and urges them to turn themselves in

Pope Francis calls predator priests 'vicious wolves' and urges them to turn themselves inCatholic priests who sexually abuse children are “vicious wolves” who should turn themselves into the authorities, Pope Francis said on Friday. His remarks came at the end of a year in which he was accused of mishandling an abuse scandal in Chile and in which the Vatican’s third most senior figure, economy minister Cardinal George Pell of Australia, was put on trial in Melbourne for sexually abusing boys. Any priest who abused a child was “a vicious wolf ready to devour innocent souls”, the Pope said in his annual address to the Curia, the Vatican’s governing body. Survivors of clerical abuse have long accused the Pope of coming out with strong rhetoric to condemn the rape of children but of failing to take concrete steps to address the scandal. In his address, the Pope acknowledged that the Catholic Church had hugely underestimated the phenomenon and failed to punish predatory priests and the bishops who cover up for them, often by moving them from parish to parish rather than reporting them to the police. Pope Francis made the remarks in an address to the Curia at the Vatican  Credit: Filippo Monteforte/AP "It is undeniable that some in the past, out of irresponsibility, disbelief, lack of training, inexperience, or spiritual and human short-sightedness, treated many cases without the seriousness and promptness that was due," he said. All that would change, he pledged, speaking two months before a landmark Vatican summit which will be convened in February to address the issue. He promised to make "past mistakes opportunities for eliminating this scourge". "To those who abuse minors I would say this: convert and hand yourself over to human justice, and prepare for divine justice," the leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Roman Catholics said. "Let it be clear that, faced with these abominations, the Church will spare no effort to do all that is necessary to bring to justice whoever has committed such crimes. “The Church will never seek to hush up or not take seriously any case," he said. “This must never happen again.” Victims’ groups are deeply sceptical that the conference in February, which will see bishops from around the world gather in Rome, will produce tangible results. But the Pope appears to recognise the enormous damage that has been done to the Catholic Church’s moral authority by years of abuse revelations from around the world, from Ireland to the US, Australia, Germany and Latin America. Just this week, the attorney general of the state of Illinois accused Catholic dioceses of failing to release the names of at least 500 clergy accused of sexually abusing children. And the Pope accepted the resignation of an auxiliary bishop in Los Angeles, Monsignor Alexander Salazar, following an allegation of sexual misconduct with a child in the 1990s. A protest placard in Dublin ahead of the Pope's visit to Ireland in August Credit: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters Francis went out of his way to thank journalists for uncovering abuse scandals. "I would like to give heartfelt thanks to those media professionals who were honest and objective and sought to unmask these predators and to make their victims’ voices heard,” he told the Curia. He also launched an attack on his enemies within the Church who have attacked his papacy, either openly or anonymously through leaks. He likened them to Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus for “thirty pieces of silver”. The Pope has come under sustained attack from conservatives within the Church who are bitterly opposed to the openness he has shown to formerly shunned groups, including homosexuals and remarried divorcees wanting to take communion. He said there are, within the Church hierarchy, “those who hide behind good intentions in order to stab their brothers and sisters in the back and to sow weeds, division and bewilderment.”



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Candidates cast their ballots (presumably for themselves)

Candidates cast their ballots (presumably for themselves)It’s Election Day in America, and voters will deliver their first verdict on President Trump’s tumultuous tenure in midterm elections that are expected to draw historic numbers to the polls. Across the country, people are talking about this election as one of the most momentous in their lifetimes — a fight for the very soul of America. Here’s a look at candidates, politicians and the political elite as they vote on Election Day.



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California Couple in Viral Yosemite Proposal Pic Say They Didn't Recognize Themselves at First

California Couple in Viral Yosemite Proposal Pic Say They Didn't Recognize Themselves at FirstMelissa and Charlie said they stumbled on the famous image online.



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At Least 1 Trump Supporter Still Thinks Obama, Clintons Sent Bombs To Themselves

At Least 1 Trump Supporter Still Thinks Obama, Clintons Sent Bombs To ThemselvesEven after a suspect was arrested, some supporters of President Donald Trump



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Hawaii residents brace themselves as Hurricane Lane strengthens

Hawaii residents brace themselves as Hurricane Lane strengthensHawaii residents rushed to stores to stock up on supplies as they faced the threat of heavy rain, flash flooding and high surf as a strengthening hurricane continued to churn toward the state.



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Strangers Show Support for Couple Who Blame Themselves for California's Carr Fire: 'Forgive Yourself'

Strangers Show Support for Couple Who Blame Themselves for California's Carr Fire: 'Forgive Yourself'A Facebook post prompted the messages.



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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — and ICE agents themselves — join the call to overhaul immigration agency

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — and ICE agents themselves — join the call to overhaul immigration agencyActivists' call to overhaul the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency got a boost from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and from 19 supervisors in the agency itself, who wrote Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen last week saying that the current emphasis on deporting illegal immigrants undercuts efforts to combat cross-border crime and terrorism.



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In California primaries, Democrats could crowd themselves out in key House races

In California primaries, Democrats could crowd themselves out in key House racesIn Tuesday’s California congressional primaries, Democrats are energized, enthusiastic and eager to send Trump a message. Walter spoke to Yahoo News’ podcast, “The Long Game,” about the impact of California’s primary rules, and about the forces that created the desire for such a system.



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Republicans Say People Would Kick Themselves Off Food Stamps Under Their New Bill

Republicans Say People Would Kick Themselves Off Food Stamps Under Their New BillWASHINGTON ― The Republican food stamp bill would cut benefit spending by



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