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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....

6/5/2014 - Mass Grave in Ireland Contains Remains of Almost 800 Children from Catholic Mother-and-Baby Home
The remains of almost 800 children found in a mass grave in western Ireland have been determined to be from a home for unwed mothers that operated in Tuam, County Galway for 35 years between 1926 to 1961. The deaths of the children likely occurred because of neglect, disease and malnutrition, which was rampant according to a 1944 government investigation of the home....

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....

2/5/2014 - UN Demands Vatican Take Action Against Child Sexual Abuse
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has urged the Vatican act to address child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy members and take measures to prevent it from happening in the future. The CRC recommended that the Holy See remove all clergy who are confirmed or suspected child abusers from their positions immediately, to turn them in to authorities, and to provide the UN with an archive of evidence about the abuse - which they have so far declined to do....

9/24/2013 - Catholics for Choice Challenges the Vatican's Role at the UN
Catholics for Choice launched its "See Change" campaign last week calling for a review of the status of the Roman Catholic church at the United Nations....

7/10/2013 - UN Presses Vatican for Information on Child Sex Abuse Cases
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) has requested details from the Vatican on child sexual abuse cases from November 1995 to January 2014. The information has been requested in connection with the Holy See's scheduled appearance in front of UNCRC in January....

6/27/2013 - Vatican Creates New Committee to Oversee Bank Corruption
On Wednesday, Pope Francis announced the creation of a new committee that will be responsible for overseeing the activities of the Vatican Bank in response to allegations of money laundering and corruption....

3/14/2013 - Archbishop of Buenos Aires Elected as Pope
Yesterday Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was elected to replace Pope Benedict XVI....

2/12/2013 - Pope Benedict XVI Resigns
Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will abdicate his position on February 28....

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

4/8/2010 - Vatican Claims Pope Wrongfully Accused in Sex Abuse Scandal
Numerous Vatican cardinals have spoken out in defense of Pope Benedict XVI, claiming he was wrongfully accused for the sex abuse allegations made against the Catholic Church in recent months and is the target of an anti-Catholic "hate" campaign due to his anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage positions....

8/3/2009 - Medical Abortion Pill Mifepristone Approved in Italy
The Italian Pharmaceuticals Agency (AIFA) has approved mifepristone, also known as RU-486, for use through the seventh week of pregnancy....

3/23/2009 - Vatican Bioethics Official Disagrees with Vatican on Excommunication of Brazilian Doctors
Archibishop Rino Fisichella, a Vatician bioethics official, wrote last week against the Vatican's support of excommunicating the Brazilian doctors who were involved with securing an abortion for a 9-year-old girl who became pregnant with twins after being raped by her stepfather....

3/18/2009 - Vatican Defends Pope's Remarks on Condoms and the AIDS Crisis
The Vatican is now defending comments made by Pope Benedict XVI indicating that condoms "increase the problem" of AIDS....

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....

12/15/2008 - Vatican Denounces Fertilization Treatments and Stem Cell Research
The Vatican issued a comprehensive doctrinal ethics guide Friday that reaffirms opposition to contraception, in vitro fertilization, embryonic stem cell research, genetic testing, and cloning....

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....

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....

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....

6/2/2008 - Vatican Decrees Excommunication for Ordained Women
The Vatican last week reaffirmed its stance against allowing women to be ordained as priests....

4/25/2008 - Chilean Catholics Protest Court Ruling against Free Contraception Program
Hundreds of Chileans announced that they will leave the Catholic Church on April 29, in protest of the Vatican involvement with a court's anti-contraception ruling....

10/30/2007 - Pope Urges Pharmacists to Refuse to Dispense Contraceptives
Pope Benedict XVI on Monday urged a conference of Catholic pharmacists to avoid dispensing emergency contraception or euthanasia drugs by being conscientious objectors....

8/23/2007 - Catholic Church Denounces Amnesty's Support of Limited Abortion Rights
Catholic leaders have denounced Amnesty International following the organization's adoption of a new policy in support of limited abortion rights....

6/27/2006 - Vatican Official Admonishes Amnesty for Considering Pro-Choice Stance
Human rights group Amnesty International is considering abandoning its neutral stance on reproductive rights in order to promote decriminalization of abortion worldwide....

5/2/2006 - Vatican Considers Allowing Condoms to Prevent HIV in Marriage
The Catholic Church, which has opposed the use of condoms for contraceptive or safe-sex purposes, is now considering endorsing their use by married couples in which one partner has HIV/AIDS....