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Updated: 12th January 2020 02:49Catholic Church

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Religion
The pontiff smacked a woman’s arm after she grabbed him during a walkabout on New Year’s Eve. He used his first address of 2020 to say sorry.
U.S. News
An Associated Press investigation found hundreds of priests accused of sexual abuse have not been identified by the Roman Catholic Church.
Religion
St. Anne Church in Abbeville used a low-flying plane to spread blessings over the rural community.
World News
The pope has vowed zero tolerance for offenders, but victims of abuse want him to do more and make bishops who allegedly covered up the abuse accountable.

Crime
Father Patrick T. Hoare decried clergy sexual abuse last year. Now he's accused of abusing a minor 25 years ago.
Critics of Rev. Scott Nolan argue that LGBTQ Catholics like Sara Smolenski are being singled out by priests, while other Catholics who contradict key teachings ― on the death penalty, for example ― don’t receive the same level of scrutiny.
Religion
Two men who were sexually assaulted by Franciscan missionaries as young boys in Mississippi say the officials paid them little money to remain silent.
Religion
Linda Hullibarger claims the Rev. Don LaCuesta caused her emotional distress by bringing up Catholic morality during a funeral service for her son.
Religion
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who recently wrapped up an investigation of clerical sex abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo, denies that he molested a former altar boy.
Religion
Archbishop José Gómez is an immigrant from Mexico and a strong advocate of a welcoming policy towards undocumented immigrants.
Politics
A reverend at a South Carolina church allegedly refused to serve the former vice president Holy Communion.
The Indiana archdiocese where Kelley Fisher, who is straight, worked has recently cracked down on married LGBTQ employees.
Religion
If Pope Francis agrees with the bishops' recommendation, it could mean a landmark change in the Catholic Church’s centuries-old discipline of celibacy.
Religion
Pope Francis made his priorities crystal clear by unveiling a sculpture honoring refugees and migrants at St. Peter's Square.
The Justice Department agrees that Joshua Payne-Elliott’s lawsuit challenging his firing should be dismissed.
Religion
More than 400 cases have been brought against the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Rochester since August. Other dioceses are considering bankruptcy too.
Politics
Priests, nuns, lay Catholics and Newark Cardinal Joseph Tobin gathered outside an ICE office to protest the detention of migrant children and families.
Black Voices
The Franciscan Friars awarded two black Mississippi men settlements of $15,000 each, while some white victims in the same diocese received over $250,000.
Crime
Monsignor Joseph McLoone spent thousands in church donations on men he met on Grindr, Pennsylvania prosecutors say.
Women
Michelle Bolen claims leaders at Kansas City's St. Therese Catholic School were concerned about her pregnancy causing public “scandal.”