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7/16/2014 - Church of England Votes to Allow Women Bishops
The General Synod, the decision-making body of the Church of England, voted Monday to allow women to become bishops....

7/8/2014 - Pope Begs Forgiveness of Sexual Abuse Survivors, But Survivors Want Action
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) called on Pope Francis yesterday to take "tangible steps" to prevent widespread sexual abuse by clergy members instead of asking for forgiveness from victims. Yesterday Pope Francis met with six people who were sexually abused by clergy members as children to ask for their forgiveness....

5/6/2014 - Vatican Questioned by UN Panel on Child Sex Abuse Scandal
The Vatican came under fire yesterday during questioning by the United Nations Committee Against Torture, which demanded answers from Archbishop Silvano Tomasi - the Vatican's representative in Geneva - on the Holy See's response to widespread sexual violence and abuse by priests. The Committee called on the Archbishop to demonstrate the systems the Holy See has in place to prevent torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment, including rape and sexual abuse....

4/11/2014 - Philippines Supreme Court Upholds Law Promoting Reproductive Health Access
The Philippines Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the country's Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, also known as the RH Law, is constitutional....

3/26/2013 - Brazil Doctors Urge Abortion Legalization
On Thursday, the Federal Council of Medicine in Brazil announced their support for legislative reform of the country's current abortion laws....

12/18/2012 - UPDATE: Philippine RH Bill Passes Third Reading
Yesterday the Philippine House of Representatives passed the Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill), which will provide government-funded sex education and birth control across the country....

12/13/2012 - Reproductive Health Bill Passes Second Reading in Philippines
On Thursday, the Philippine House of Representatives passed the second reading of a controversial bill known as the Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill) which would provide contraception to poor citizens free of charge, despite pressure from the Roman Catholic church....

11/28/2012 - UPDATE: Church of England Will Not Allow Female Bishops
Last week the governing body of the Church of England voted against allowing women to become bishops....

7/13/2010 - Church of England Takes First Steps Toward Female Bishops
The Church of England's ruling body has announced that women bishops should be allowed, despite protests from traditionalists within the Church....

6/14/2010 - Catholic Women Protest Vatican for Ordination
A group of women gathered in St....

3/10/2009 - Vatican Supports Brazilian Catholic Church for Excommunicating those who Aided Raped Child
A senior Vatican cleric defended the Catholic Church of Brazil's plans to excommunicate those who aided a child pregnant as a result of rape....

12/2/2008 - Case Against Vatican Allowed by 6th Circuit Court
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati made a landmark decision last week by allowing a class-action lawsuit involving alleged sexual abuse by clergy against the Vatican to proceed....

11/21/2008 - Phillipine Reproductive Health Bill Likely to be Defeated
A family planning bill currently moving through the Philippine legislature that would promote sex education and contraceptive use is expected to be defeated....

10/15/2008 - Women's Ordination Conference Holds Rome Press Conference
The Women's Ordination Conference (WOC) held a press conference today in Rome in support of full inclusion of women in the Catholic Church....

7/25/2008 - Catholic Organizations Ask Pope Benedict to Lift Anti-Contraception Ban
Over 50 Catholic organizations published a letter addressed to Pope Benedict XVI last week urging the Pope to lift the Church's anti-contraception policy introduced in the Humanae Vitae, the1968 Encyclical Letter of Pope Paul VI....

7/8/2008 - Church of England Votes to Ordain Women Bishops
The Church of England's legislative body voted in support of ordaining women bishops yesterday while also approving measures to reassure more than 1000 traditionalist opponents who threatened to leave the church....

6/24/2008 - New Support for Birth Control in the Philippines
Former Filipino President Joseph Estrada is now touring the country promoting contraceptives and family planning, despite longstanding opposition from the influential Catholic Church....

7/11/2006 - Church of England Finally to Allow Women Bishops
Women gained ground in the Anglican Church on June 8, when the General Synod of the Church of England voted 288 to 119 to allow ordination of women bishops....

6/15/2006 - Mexican Presidential Candidate Makes Commitment to End Violence Against Women
Patricia Mercado, a feminist candidate in this year's Mexican presidential election and a founding member of the Social-Democratic Alternative and Farmer party, has made news with her firm pro-feminist and pro-LGBT rights platform....

3/9/2006 - More Abuse Allegations Against Catholic Priests
A report from the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland includes 350 accusations of sexual abuse against more than 100 priests since 1940....

1/17/2006 - Women in Italy March for Abortion Rights
Between 60,000 and 150,000 Italian women marched in Milan on Saturday, demanding that the Italian government maintain its liberal abortion laws....

7/28/2005 - Nine Women Challenge the Vatican's Prohibition Against Women Priests
In defiance of the Vatican's refusal to ordain women priests, nine Roman Catholic women participated in an ordination ceremony on Monday, risking excommunication....

7/13/2005 - Church of England Begins Process to Allow Women Bishops
Church of England officials voted on Monday to begin the process of allowing women to become bishops....

2/2/2005 - Vatican Official Says Condoms OK to Fight AIDS in Africa
A senior Vatican official from Switzerland has stated that condoms could be used to fight AIDS in the poorest parts of Africa and Asia....

1/21/2005 - Spanish Church Retreats from Support of Condoms to Prevent AIDS
After a spokesperson for the Roman Catholic Church in Spain for the first time expressed support of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, Spain's bishops retracted the statement....