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Germany investigating 30,000 suspects in pedophile probe

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:58 PM

'Child abuse cannot be punished like shoplifting. It is murder. Not physically but emotionally,' says North Rhine Westphalia interior minister Herbert Reul

French writer 'regrets' his pedophile sex tourism in Asia

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Matzneff never made any secret of his sexual preference for adolescent girls and boys and it did not stop him winning the Renaudot prize in 2013

50 children saved after police bust pedophile website – Interpol

May 23, 2019 - 4:25 PM

More arrests are expected as police in nearly 60 countries pursue investigations stemming from an Interpol operation launched two years ago into a hidden 'dark web' site with 63,000 users worldwide

Pope calls child sex abuse like 'human sacrifice,' vows 'all-out battle'

Feb 24, 2019 - 11:10 PM

But some victims are not convinced, saying that Pope Francis talks about the devil but not 'permanently excluding child rapists and abusers' from the Catholic Church

Pope Francis attends a Eucharistic celebration at the Regia Hall of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on February 24, 2019, within the fourth and last day of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. (Photo by GIUSEPPE LAMI / POOL / AFP)

Overturned statue of accused Polish priest restored

Feb 23, 2019 - 8:37 PM

Polish authorities charge 3 activists for overturning the statue of Polish priest Henryk Jankowski who is facing long-standing accusations of pedophilia

RESTORED. Polish authorities on February 22, 2019 charged 3 men who overturned a statue of Polish priest Henryk Jankowski accused of sex abuse in the northern city of Gdansk. Photo from Wikicommons

Cardinal admits Church files on pedophile priests 'destroyed'

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:53 PM

'Files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed, or not even created,' German Cardinal Reinhard Marx told a landmark Vatican summit on tackling pedophilia in the clergy

PROTEST. A deaf-mute person dressed as a Cardinal takes part in a protest of victims of sexual abuse and members of Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA), a global organization of prominent survivors and activists who are in Rome for this week’s papal summit on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, on February 23, 2019 on Piazza del Popolo in Rome. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Cardinal calls for global recognition of sex abuse in Catholic Church

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'The entire Church must take an honest look, undertake rigorous discernment, and then act decisively,' says Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias

'TAKE AN HONEST LOOK.' Indian cardinal Oswald Gracias (R) arrives for a grand mass in St Peter's Basilica ahead of a papal election conclave on March 12, 2013 in St Peter's basilica at the Vatican. File photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

'Concrete measures' on sex abuse needed, pope tells Vatican summit

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'We humbly and sorrowfully admit that wounds have been inflicted by us bishops on the victims and in fact the entire body of Christ,' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle tells the assembly

PRAYER. Pope Francis prays during the opening of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, on February 21, 2019 at the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Pool/AFP

Red-letter summit on sex abuse opens at Vatican

Feb 21, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Pope Francis sets aside three and a half days to convince Catholic bishops to tackle pedophilia in a bid to contain a scandal which hit an already beleaguered Church

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 02, 2018 people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former diplomat to the embassy of the Holy See in Washington who was recalled last year after the U.S. State Department said he may have violated child pornography laws, was under arrest today in Vatican, announced on April 7, 2018 the Holy See.  TIZIANA FABI / AFP

Pope Francis reveals team organizing anti-pedophilia summit

Nov 23, 2018 - 11:13 PM

The organizing team will prepare a special meeting on the protection of children to be held in February

FORGIVENESS. Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Drum Crescent, Knock, County Mayo on August 26, 2018, on the second day of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

Ex-Australian archbishop avoids jail for concealing child abuse

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Magistrate Robert Stone has decided Philip Wilson will not need to spend time behind bars, with his age and prior good record taken into account

Chilean police raid bishops over sex abuse allegations

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:30 AM

The raids comes after prominent Chilean Catholic priest Oscar Munoz was detained over allegations that he sexually abused and raped seven children between 2002 and 2018.

ABUSE. Chilean priest Oscar Munoz Toledo (L) remains at a courtroom in Rancagua, 80 km south of Santiago, Chile, on July 13, 2018. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Pope's envoys in Chile call for justice for sex abuse victims

Jun 20, 2018 - 9:52 AM

'Investigating is a duty of justice, we need to do justice to the victims for the good of the country and the good of the Church,' says Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna

Vatican arrests ex-diplomat in child sex abuse probe

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:26 AM

It is the latest case the Catholic Church has faced after repeated criticism for the way it has handled scandals over pedophile priests

HOLY SEE. In this file photo, people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Turkish pedophile given 'record 572-year sentence'

Feb 27, 2018 - 11:06 PM

The court in the southern province of Adiyaman convicted the janitor after it was found he raped children and would sneak into some of the pupils' beds, Hurriyet daily says

Vatican revives pope's sexual abuse panel

Feb 17, 2018 - 11:38 PM

'The newly-appointed members will add to the commission's global perspective in the protection of minors and vulnerable adults,' says US Cardinal Sean O'Malley

VATICAN CITY. In this file photo, Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims, gathered on St. Peter's square at the Vatican, from the window of his apartment during his Sunday Regina Coeli prayer on June 1, 2014. Photo by AFP / Vincenzo Pinto

Mexico arrests suspected U.S. cult over triple murder

Nov 06, 2017 - 4:39 PM

Mexico prosecutors announce the arrest of Orson William Black Jr. along with his 4 wives and 22 other people including an undetermined number of minors

CULT. General view during the police operation at the ranch of US citizen Orson William Black Jr. alleged "fugitive of the American justice for sexual crimes" and leader of a sect called "La Comuna" in Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua state, Mexico on November 5, 2017. Photo by STR / AFP

1 in 14 Catholic priests accused of abuse in Australia

Feb 06, 2017 - 1:30 PM

This data along with all we have heard over the past 4 years can only be interpreted for what it is: a massive failure on the part of the Catholic Church in Australia to protect children from abusers

A hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney, October 20, 2016. Photo by Jeremy Piper/Royal Commission

French bishops beg forgiveness from pedophilia victims

Nov 08, 2016 - 9:43 AM

We lacked mercy we did not listen to these victims in the way that they expected us to and we lacked the courage to take the measures that were needed says Archbishop of Paris Andre Vingt Trois

FORGIVENESS. Archbishop of Paris and French cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois (3rdL) and archbishop of Lyon Philippe Barbarin (R) take part in a plenary meeting of the French Bishops' Conference on November 7, 2016 at Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire in Lourdes, southwestern France. Some 120 Catholic bishops of France started a six-day meeting, which highlight will be an unprecedent day of 'prayer and penance' for the victims of pedophilia, following months of scandals. Photo by Pascal Pavani/AFP

Indonesian police bust online pedophile ring

Sep 01, 2016 - 6:18 PM

Officers catch the first suspect in a hotel room in Cisarua on Java island The man was with 7 boys and an 18 year old when he was arrested says senior police officer Agung Setya

Pope accepts resignation of Brazilian archbishop after abuse scandal

Jul 06, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Aldo Di Cillo Pagotto steps down after being accused of welcoming into his diocese priests and seminarians expelled by other bishops over alleged pedophilia

epa05405237 Pope Francis during his Sunday Angelus Prayers in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City, 03 July 2016. EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

UK pedophile gets life for Malaysia abuse

Jun 06, 2016 - 8:35 PM

Relentlessly you preyed on the very young a judge tells Richard Huckle who victimized children while posing as a volunteer in Kuala Lumpur s Christian communities

Dissecting a pedophile: Why are some people attracted to children?

May 26, 2016 - 5:34 PM

They look and act like you and me Except for one key difference: they’re sexually attracted to children

Pope under fire for meeting French cardinal accused of sex abuse cover-up

May 21, 2016 - 1:33 PM

After meeting the pontiff French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin says he would be staying in his post with Francis blessing

CHURCH CRISIS. This handout picture released by the Vatican press office on May 20, shows Pope Francis shaking hands with Cardinal Philippe Barbarin. Hand out/ Osservatore Romano/ AFP

Global child sex tourism rising, thwarting efforts to fight it – study

May 13, 2016 - 1:00 AM

No region is untouched by this crime says a landmark report backed by the United Nations

Pope slams Europe over migrants, denounces pedophile priests

Mar 26, 2016 - 8:09 AM

In the wake of this week s deadly attacks in Brussels Pope Francis slams terrorist acts committed by followers of some religions which profane the name of God and which use the holy name to justify their unprecedented violence

GOOD FRIDAY. Pope Francis during the Via Crucis (Way Of The Cross) procession at the Colosseum on Good Friday in Rome, Italy, 25 March 2016. Photo by Angelo Carconi/EPA

So many pedophile priests a 'disastrous coincidence' – Australian cardinal

Mar 03, 2016 - 11:38 AM

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell says it was a disastrous coincidence that 5 pedophile priests preyed on children in the Australian town where he was based

In this file photo, Cardinal George Pell holds up a folder outlining the Catholic church's response to sexual abuse at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, November 13, 2012. File photo by Paul Miller/EPA

I have pope's 'full backing' says abuse inquiry cardinal

Mar 01, 2016 - 12:39 PM

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell tells an inquiry that abuse claims against Australia s most notorious pedophile priest were not of much interest to him

Australian Roman Catholic Cardinal George Pell is seen leaving the Quirinale Hotel in a car after giving evidence to the child abuse royal commission by video-link, in Rome, Italy, March 1, 2016. Lloyd Jones/EPA

Church 'mucked up' with pedophile priests – Vatican finance chief

Feb 29, 2016 - 9:04 AM

UPDATED Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell admits the Church made grave errors and is now trying to remedy those

Australian Roman Catholic Cardinal George Pell is shown on a screen in Canberra, Australia, February 29, 2016 as he gives evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse via video link from Rome Italy. Lukas Coch/EPA

Australian survivors of Catholic clergy abuse head to Rome

Feb 26, 2016 - 1:48 PM

Cardinal George has always denied knowing of any child abuse occurring in Ballarat including by Gerald Ridsdale who preyed on dozens of children over two decades

OFF TO ROME. In this file photo, Cardinal George Pell holds up a folder outlining the Catholic church's response to sexual abuse at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, November 13, 2012. File photo by Paul Miller/EPA

El Salvador condemns bishop accused of raping girl

Nov 28, 2015 - 11:09 PM

Well loved senior bishop Jesus Delgado who is also a prominent Church historian is condemned by government officials and a rights organization after being accused of repeatedly raping a girl in the 1980s

DELGADO. Picture showing the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of San Salvador Monsignor Jesus Delgado taken on April 28, 2011 in San Salvador. Photo by AFP

UN envoy calls on Japan to ban extreme child manga porn

Oct 26, 2015 - 9:43 PM

A UN special envoy calls on Japan to ban cartoon images featuring extreme sexualized images of children after Tokyo last year fell into line with other G7 nations by criminalizing possession of child pornography

MANGA. Visitors looks at drawings in an exhibit of the "Milano Manga Festival," tracing the 200-year history of Japanese manga on May 2, 2013 during the press preview in Milan. Photo by Olivier Morin / AFP

Ex-archbishop hospitalized hours before pedophilia trial – Vatican

Jul 11, 2015 - 3:42 PM

Jozef Wesolowski will not attend the start of the unprecedented trial

Vatican holds first trial of cleric accused of pedophilia

Jul 11, 2015 - 11:22 AM

The unprecedented trial will hear the case of former Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski who is accused of sexual abuse of minors

DEFROCKED. Former Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski was defrocked for abusing children. File photo by AFP

Australian pleads not guilty in CDO child rape case

Jun 16, 2015 - 2:20 PM

Gerard Peter Scully 51 puffed on a cigarette before calmly saying not guilty as the charges were read to him at a courtroom in Cagayan de Oro

Peter Scully. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Bishops who cover up sex abuse to face Church judgement

Jun 10, 2015 - 9:37 PM

Pope Francis approves a recommendation from his newly created panel on clerical sex abuse to create a tribunal with powers to judge bishops who cover up such crimes

VICTIMS. Abuse victims Jim Robertson (R) and Rita Milla (L) are joined by supporters holding quilts bearing the portraits of abused children while gathered outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California, on February 1, 2013, one day after the release of personnel files of priests accused of sexual misconduct. Photo by Frederic J. Brown / AFP

Vatican discord over Australia child abuse inquiry

Jun 01, 2015 - 9:40 AM

Vatican finance chief George Pell is embroiled in a child abuse inquiry in his homeland

CONTROVERSIAL. In this file photo, the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell speaks about the Catholic church's response to sexual abuse at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, November 13, 2012. Paul Miller/EPA

Vatican high-flyer denies trying to bribe abuse victim

May 21, 2015 - 2:17 PM

Cardinal George Pell speaks out as abuse survivors demand he return to Australia to give evidence to a royal commission on the allegations

CONTROVERSIAL. In this file photo, the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell speaks about the Catholic church's response to sexual abuse at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, November 13, 2012. Paul Miller/EPA

Victims of pedophile priests urge action from Pope

Feb 17, 2015 - 8:26 AM

From the United States to Argentina Chile Mexico and other nations victims issue a letter made public in Mexico City telling the Argentine pontiff that words are not enough

Pope Francis holds aloft the Eucharist before giving Holy Communion during a mass held to celebrate the newly created cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, 15 February 2015. Massimo Percossi/EPA

Virtual Filipino kid leads to conviction of Australian sex predator

Oct 22, 2014 - 3:09 PM

Australian man Scott Robert Hansen is the first person to be convicted in the online sting which snared 46 Australians

'Sweetie,' a computer-generated 10-year-old Filipino child used to track online sex predators. Frame grab from video of Terre des Hommes

Pope tormented by sex abuse suicides

Jul 07, 2014 - 10:15 PM

Pope Francis pledges to crack down on pedophilia as he meets with sex abuse survivors for the first time

'NO TO PEDOPHILES.' Pope Francis arrives arrival at the Nativity Church in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 25, 2014. File photo by Fadi Arouri/EPA

'No one has done more than Church' vs sex abuse – Pope

Mar 05, 2014 - 5:35 PM

Francis: The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution to have acted with transparency and responsibility No one else has done more

DARK CLOUDS. A monk walks on St Peter's square on March 6, 2013 at the Vatican. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Horror in online child sex abuse village

Jan 26, 2014 - 1:50 PM

In the village of Ibabao in Cebu behind closed doors parents directed their children for sex videos in front of webcams for paying pedophiles overseas

HOUSE OF HORRORS. The now abandoned house that used to stream live sex acts of children to pedophiles watching online overseas, is seen in the village of Ibabao in Cordova town, Cebu, Philippines on January 21, 2014. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Int'l police probe PH child sex abuse ring

Jan 16, 2014 - 9:28 AM

UPDATED Under Operation Endeavour which spanned a dozen nations 29 people have been arrested including 11 in the Philippines while three other ongoing probes have identified 733 suspects

Interpol awaits evidence from Dutch webcam child sex sting

Nov 05, 2013 - 7:54 PM

A Dutch rights group says it wants to raise the alarm about webcam child sex tourism that has tens of thousands of victims in the Philippines alone

Virtual Filipina foils 1,000 webcam sex tourists

Nov 05, 2013 - 12:00 AM

The pedophiles wanted to have sex with Sweetie a virtual 10 year old girl from the Philippines

Entertainment wRap: Celebrity lawsuits

Aug 19, 2013 - 3:39 PM

Updates on the legal front regarding Michael Jackson Chris Brown Robin Thicke

CASE CLOSED. Brown settles with the driver of the Mercedes

Calls for Australia's top Catholic to resign over sex abuse

May 28, 2013 - 10:29 AM

Archbishop Cardinal George Pell fronted a Victorian state government inquiry into the criminal abuse of children admitting to cover ups by a predecessor

ABUSE CLAIMS. Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell holds the document to the response of the archdiocese to sexual abuse during a press conference in Sydney on November 13, 2012. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP