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Pope Francis will be creating a new official ministry in the Catholic Church for those who teach children and others the fundamentals of the faith, the Vatican announced May 5.
A fire that gutted much of a historic Catholic church in Southern California last year was intentionally set, prosecutors said Tuesday.
A western Kentucky priest accused of sexually abusing two minors has been reinstated by the Vatican but remains banned from entering schools for five years.
In a first public attempt to put numbers to instances of clergy sexual abuse of children in Spain, the Spanish bishops' conference revealed that 220 cases were reported to the Vatican over the past two decades.