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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.

Vatican puts 2 journalists on trial in process decried by media groups as ‘Kafka-esque’

VATICAN CITY Two Italian journalists who wrote books detailing Vatican mismanagement faced trial Tuesday in a Vatican courtroom along with three people accused of leaking them the information, in a case that has drawn scorn from media watchdogs.

Vatican family meeting takes new twist with letter complaining about ‘predetermined results’

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis’ divisive meeting on family issues took another controversial twist Monday with revelations that several conservative cardinals wrote to the pontiff expressing serious concerns about “predetermined results” coming out of the meeting ‚Äî only to have doubts arise over both the content of their letter and the cardinals responsible.