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By Nicole Winfield The Associated Press

Cardinal admits ‘scandalous ‘ response to abuse allegations

ROME One of Pope Francis’ top advisers acknowledged Sunday that the Catholic Church “has made enormous mistakes” in allowing thousands of children to be raped and molested by priests over centuries as he testified at an extraordinary public hearing of an Australian investigative commission just a few blocks from the Vatican.

Popes: Bishops who reassign suspect pedophiles should resign

Pope Francis says any bishop who moves a suspected pedophile priest from parish to parish should resign.

Francis spoke about the church’s handling of sex abuse cases while flying home Wednesday from Mexico, where victims of that country’s most notorious pedophile, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, are still coping with the trauma of his abuse.

Pope opens Vatican Holy Door and launches leitmotif of papacy: mercy over morals

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Tuesday pushes open the huge bronze Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica to formally launch his yearlong “revolution of tenderness” amid unprecedented security aimed at thwarting the threat of a Paris-style attack at the Vatican.

Pope in Kenya says Christian-Muslim dialogue ‘essential’ to prevent extremism, promote peace

NAIROBI, Kenya Pope Francis told Christian and Muslim leaders in Kenya on Thursday that they have little choice but to engage in dialogue to guard against the “barbarous” Islamic extremist attacks that have struck Kenya recently, saying religious leaders must be “prophets of peace” in a world sown by hatred.