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Pope Francis has said reliable data indicates that "about 2%" of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles. In an interview with the Italian La Repubblica newspaper, the Pope said that abuse of children was like "leprosy" infecting the Church.
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If roses won't do the trick, try Saint Raphael suggests the Catholic Church.


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But now the number of young men entering seminaries is falling, and a survey suggests that more than half of the country's serving priests would like to do away with celibacy to have a wife and family. According to the findings of Professor Jozef Baniak, a sociologist who specialises in religion at the department of theology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, more than 12% even admitted they were presently living in stable...


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The Vatican has condemned President Obama's move to restore US funding for family planning clinics abroad that give advice on or carry out abortions. One Vatican official warned against the "arrogance" of those in power who think they can decide between life and death. Another official said it dealt a blow to groups fighting against "the slaughter of the innocents". The White House says the move aligns the US with...


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It was not until 1992 that Pope John Paul II declared that the Church's ruling was an error and that Catholics were not hostile to science.


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Mnohí kresťania dávajú každý mesiac desať percent zo svojho zárobku.


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Catholic church leaders in New Zealand are urging a boycott of a broadcaster planning to screen an "ugly and tasteless" episode of South Park.


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As a priest in 1975 Cardinal Sean Brady was at meetings where children signed vows of silence over complaints against paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth.


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The possibility has been raised that Pope Benedict XVI should resign over the snowballing paedophile priest scandal in the Catholic Church.


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Allegations have surfaced in the US that Pope Benedict failed to take action before his election as pontiff in yet another serious case of clerical paedophilia which has just come to light, this time at a school for deaf children in the state of Wisconsin.


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Gay rights activists have criticised a Vatican official who sought to link homosexuality to paedophilia when commenting on child sex abuse scandals.


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The head of the Catholic Church in Cuba says it is in one of its worst crises in recent times and people are openly criticising the socialist system.


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A man who says he was the victim of an American paedophile priest is bringing a lawsuit against the Pope and the Vatican in a US federal court.


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The bishop of the Belgian city of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, has resigned after admitting sexual abuse of a boy earlier in his career.


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Belgian authorities have raided the headquarters of the Belgian Catholic Church during an investigation into child sex abuse claims.


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A government minister said the ruling was "shameful", while Education Minister Mariastella Gelmini said the crucifix was a "symbol of our tradition", and not a mark of Catholicism. ... But the role of Catholicism as the state religion ended in 1984, when the official link between the Vatican and the Italian government ended.


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The arrest of 10 alleged spies in the United States has thrust the ancient practice of steganography into the limelight. Several of the suspects are accused of using the method to conceal data being transmitted from the US to Russia.


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Police investigating claims of child abuse by Belgian clergy have told the BBC they are probing death threats against witnesses and magistrates. ... The raid last month on the offices of a Church commission investigating the abuse claims led to some of the country's leading clergy being detained for nine hours. Police took away their mobile telephones to prevent them communicating with their staff or with the Vatican. They were also...


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The Vatican has seen its third consecutive financial loss, with a 4.1m euros deficit in 2009.


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