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Cardinal Law, central figure in U.S. Catholic abuse scandal, dies

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 12/20/17, 12:08 pm

Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston who was publicly disgraced for his failure to stop child molesters in the priesthood, died early Wednesday, according to the Vatican. He was 86. Law had been sick and was recently hospitalized. In 2002, The Boston Globe revealed that Law had orchestrated a cover-up plan to transfer dozens of abusive clergy from parish to parish without notifying parents or police.

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Pope Francis calls Rohingya by name

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/01/17, 11:03 am

Pope Francis on Friday changed his stance and called the Rohingya by name as he spoke with them at an interfaith peace prayer in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital city. Francis offered blessings and listened to the stories of more than a dozen Rohingya Muslim refugees, apologizing to them for the “indifference of the world” to their plight. “The presence of God today is also called ‘Rohingya,’” he said.

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Pope avoids naming Rohingya in Myanmar speech

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/28/17, 10:30 am

Pope Francis, in a highly anticipated speech Tuesday, said Myanmar’s future depends on respecting the rights of ethnic groups, an indirect reference to Rohingya Muslims facing what the United Nations calls “ethnic cleansing.” In his speech to Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other authorities and diplomats, Francis said the country’s greatest treasure is its people, who continue to suffer from civil conflict and hostilities.

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