Sexual abuse

CORRECTS IDENTITY OF MAN PICTURED ON RIGHT SIDE OF BANNER TO LUIS FIGARI - A protest banner that shows an image of Pope Francis, and Luis Figari, the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae founder of the Peru-based Roman Catholic lay movement, with a message that reads in Spanish: "Francisco, here we do have proof", hangs from a building seen along Francis' motorcade, in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. An investigation found that Figari sodomized his recruits, forced them to fondle him and one another, liked to watch them "experience pain, discomfort and fear" and humiliated them in front of others. Figari's victims have criticized the Vatican for its years of inaction and for eventually sanctioning him with what they considered a "golden exile" — retirement in Italy at a retreat house. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
January 22, 2018 - 12:00 am
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Pope Francis ventured into the Amazon to demand rights for indigenous groups, decried the scourge of corruption afflicting the region's politics and denounced a culture of "machismo" in which violence against women is too often tolerated. Yet his latest visit to South America is...
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Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass at the Las Palmas Air Force base in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
January 21, 2018 - 7:18 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — More than 1 million people turned out Sunday for Pope Francis' final Mass in Peru, giving him a warm and heartfelt farewell that contrasted sharply with the outcry he caused in neighboring Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slandering a bishop. Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston...
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Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass at the Las Palmas Air Force base in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
January 21, 2018 - 4:29 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Peru (all times local): 4:25 p.m. The American cardinal who publicly rebuked Pope Francis over his remarks about Chilean sex abuse victims is concelebrating Francis' final Mass in Peru. Cardinal Sean O'Malley is the archbishop of Boston and...
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January 21, 2018 - 11:49 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A former guard at a federal detention center is facing a sentence of life in prison after being convicted of repeatedly raping a female inmate. The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York says Carlos Richard Martinez was convicted Friday of charges including...
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Pope Francis waves as he leaves the Shrine of Our Lord of the Miracles after a mid-morning prayer with contemplative nuns, in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Francis is wrapping up the most contested, violent trip of his papacy Sunday with a series of meetings with Peruvian church leaders and a final Mass at an air base in Peru's capital. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
January 21, 2018 - 11:45 am
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to Peru on Sunday by meeting with bishops and nuns, but controversy over his accusations that Chilean sex abuse victims slandered a bishop cast a shadow over what has become the most contested and violent trip of his papacy. A day after his top...
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January 20, 2018 - 8:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City schoolteacher has pleaded not guilty to charges she sexually abused a 14-year-old student. The Daily News reports that teacher Dori Myers pleaded not guilty on Saturday to criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child. She was released without bail. The...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2015 file photo, head of the sex abuse advisory commission Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, of Boston, attends a press conference, in Rome. O'Malley, Pope Francis’ top adviser on clerical sex abuse, implicitly rebuked the pontiff over his accusations of slander against Chilean abuse victims, saying Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, that his words were “a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse.” (AP Photo/Isabella Bonotto, File)
January 20, 2018 - 3:47 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Pope Francis' top adviser on clerical sex abuse implicitly rebuked the pontiff for having accused Chilean victims of slander, saying Saturday that his words were "a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse." Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, said he...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2015 file photo, head of the sex abuse advisory commission Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, of Boston, attends a press conference, in Rome. O'Malley, Pope Francis’ top adviser on clerical sex abuse, implicitly rebuked the pontiff over his accusations of slander against Chilean abuse victims, saying Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, that his words were “a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse.” (AP Photo/Isabella Bonotto, File)
January 20, 2018 - 1:16 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Pope Francis' top adviser on clerical sex abuse implicitly rebuked the pontiff over his accusations of slander against Chilean abuse victims, saying Saturday that his words were "a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse." Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of...
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Bishop Juan Barros, second from right, arrives to attend a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at the Maquehue Air Base in Temuco, Chile, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Many Chileans are furious over Francis’ 2015 decision to appoint Barros, a bishop close to the Rev. Fernando Karadima, who the Vatican found guilty in 2011 of abusing dozens of minors over decades. Barros has always denied he knew what Karadima was doing when he was the priest’s protege, a position that many Chileans have a hard time believing. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
January 19, 2018 - 7:44 am
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis accused victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof...
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Bishop Juan Barros, second from right, arrives to attend a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at the Maquehue Air Base in Temuco, Chile, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Many Chileans are furious over Francis’ 2015 decision to appoint Barros, a bishop close to the Rev. Fernando Karadima, who the Vatican found guilty in 2011 of abusing dozens of minors over decades. Barros has always denied he knew what Karadima was doing when he was the priest’s protege, a position that many Chileans have a hard time believing. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
January 19, 2018 - 2:19 am
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis accused victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof...
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