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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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Canadian held in China questioned daily, no lawyer, can't turn off light: sources

Canadian held in China questioned daily, no lawyer, can't turn off light: sourcesMichael Kovrig, a former diplomat and an adviser with the International Crisis Group (ICG) think-tank, and businessman Michael Spavor – after Canadian police arrested Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s [HWT.UL] chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, on Dec 1. Canada arrested Meng at the request of the United States, which is engaged in a trade war with China.



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French Protests over High Fuel Taxes Turn Violent

French Protests over High Fuel Taxes Turn ViolentGraffiti scrawled on the Arc de Triomphe and broken windows on the Champs-Elysees capped a weeks-long protest over huge increases in fuel taxes, among other fiscal issues.



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Take a number: Migrants, blocked at the border, wait their turn to apply for asylum

Take a number: Migrants, blocked at the border, wait their turn to apply for asylumOn the ground in Juarez, where migrants seeking asylum are given a number – written on their arms – and sent away to wait.



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Is Amazon about to turn into Lockheed Martin? What the company's move to Crystal City says about its future

Is Amazon about to turn into Lockheed Martin? What the company's move to Crystal City says about its futureAmazon will doubtlessly change Crystal City beyond recognition. But perhaps not before Crystal City, with its proximity to the Pentagon and the Capitol, exercises its own influence on Amazon.



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Trump Says He Won't Turn Over His Tax Returns. It's Not Up To Him Anymore.

Trump Says He Won't Turn Over His Tax Returns. It's Not Up To Him Anymore.President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he doesn't want to let Democrats



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Pittsburgh comes together to mourn victims, and protesters turn their backs on Trump

Pittsburgh comes together to mourn victims, and protesters turn their backs on TrumpAs the Jewish community of Squirrel Hill began to bury its dead Tuesday from the massacre in the Tree of Life synagogue Saturday, President Trump paid his respects, in a visit few had requested and many opposed. A line stretched far down the block for the funeral of Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, one of the 11 killed by a gunman whom police have identified as a 46-year-old man, whose social media posts indicate he was enraged by what he perceived as Jewish support for immigration. Rabinowitz, 66, was known for his compassionate treatment of AIDS victims.



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Cramer, Heitkamp turn rapid-fire debate into lively exchange

Cramer, Heitkamp turn rapid-fire debate into lively exchangeFARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Senate candidates Heidi Heitkamp and Kevin Cramer on Friday turned what was supposed to be a debate with rapid-fire questions into heated arguments about health care, Social Security and trade.



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Families Threatened by Hurricane Florence Turn to Facebook for Safe Place to Stay

Families Threatened by Hurricane Florence Turn to Facebook for Safe Place to StayA family-of-6 opens their doors to another family-of-6 threatened by the storm.



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Hurricane Florence Flood Victims Turn To Social Media For Rescue

Hurricane Florence Flood Victims Turn To Social Media For RescueSome residents of the riverfront city of New Bern, North Carolina, who didn't



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