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2018-08-15

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Catholic Priests Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania, Report Says
Bishops and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years, persuading victims not to report the abuse and law enforcement not to investigate it, according to a searing report issued by a grand jury on Tuesday.
 
2018-07-28

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‘Even monks get impatient’: Buddhist priest sorry for anger at tourist reviews
Daniel Kimura hit the news this week with his withering comebacks to tourists complaining that food at a temple guesthouse was not up to scratch
 
2018-07-28

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Chile’s Catholic church faces new charges of sexual abuse
On July 12th Óscar Muñoz, the former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Santiago, Chile’s capital, was arrested on charges of abusing seven children since 2002. Father Muñoz, who had confessed his guilt to church officials in one case in January, was in charge of maintaining archives of clerical-abuse investigations and took testimony from victims in other cases.
 
2018-07-28

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Pakistan elects first non-Muslim in modern history to general national assembly seat
Pakistan has elected a non-Muslim to a general seat in the national assembly for the first time in its recent history, even as the victory of ex-cricketer Imran Khan raises some concerns among minority communities.
 
2018-07-28

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Duterte OKs bill creating Muslim autonomous region in south
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed legislation creating a new Muslim autonomous region aimed at settling nearly half a century of Muslim unrest in the south, where troops crushed an attempt last year by Islamic State group-linked militants to turn a city into a stronghold.
 
2018-07-28

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court approves release of 900-page grand jury report about Catholic clergy sex abuse
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Friday that a landmark 900-page grand jury report about child sex abuse by Catholic clergy should be released as soon as Aug. 8 — but with some of the 300 predators’ names temporarily redacted.
 
2018-07-23

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Nicaragua Clergy, Siding With Protesters, Becomes ‘Terrible Enemy’ of Ortega
The Roman Catholic Church is on the front lines of an escalating conflict between the increasingly authoritarian government of President Daniel Ortega and the broad-based opposition that wants him gone. In a country where the church has often been immersed in politics, priests are both witnesses and players in the crisis that has racked the nation for the past three months and claimed almost 300 lives.
 
2018-07-22

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Hardline Islamists push religion to center of Pakistan election
Even if, as expected, they win few seats, liberal and secular-minded Pakistanis say the sheer number of religious party candidates, combined with their ultra-conservative rhetoric, has already shifted the agenda in their direction.
 
2018-07-21

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Ethiopian 'prophet' arrested after trying to resurrect corpse
Getayawkal Ayele had tried to revive the corpse of Belay Biftu by lying on top of him and repeatedly yelling "Belay, wake up". It was not successful, and his failure enraged family members who began attacking Mr Getayawkal ... Abusing dead bodies is a crime under Ethiopian law and a local police commander has told the BBC that the man, whose real job is as a health worker, is now in custody.
 
2018-07-16

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He Preyed on Men Who Wanted to Be Priests. Then He Became a Cardinal.
Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick was removed from ministry last month for sexually abusing an altar boy. But for decades, the church overlooked his harassment of adult seminarians
 
2018-07-13

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Nova Scotia-based Buddhist leader faces new allegations of sexual misconduct
The spiritual leader of one of the largest Buddhist organizations in the western world is facing fresh sexual misconduct allegations as a Halifax law firm prepares to launch an independent investigation into claims against him.
 
2018-07-13

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India Christian priests arrested over rape charge
Two of four Indian priests charged with allegedly raping a woman have handed themselves in for police questioning in the southern state of Kerala.
 
2018-07-11

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‘King’ of Shambhala Buddhism Is Undone by Abuse Allegations
Mipham Rinpoche, the leader of one of the biggest Buddhist organizations in the West, has stepped aside after allegations of sexual abuse, leaving followers reeling.
 
2018-07-03

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Archbishop Philip Wilson sentenced for concealing child sex abuse
A Catholic archbishop in Australia has been given a maximum sentence of 12 months in detention for concealing child sexual abuse in the 1970s. Philip Wilson, now archbishop of Adelaide, is the most senior Catholic globally to be convicted of the crime. He was found guilty by a court last month of covering up abuse by a paedophile priest in New South Wales.
 
2018-06-29

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Mormon Church must end children's sexual interviews, members say
Current and former members of the Mormon Church are calling for an end to the practice of asking children as young as eight intimate and sexual questions during annual interviews by church officials.
 
2018-06-29

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Far-Right Cell Plotted Attack on French Muslims, Authorities Say
Police cracked the cell over the weekend, with prosecutors saying it had already begun testing explosives. The group was planning to kill veiled women, imams and recently released Islamist prisoners, and wanted to attack mosques and halal grocery stores, according to French news media.
 
2018-06-26

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Violent clashes between Muslim cattle herders and Christian farmers in Nigeria leave ’86 killed’
Scores are dead after vicious weekend clashes in central Nigeria between mostly Muslim cattle herders and Christian farmers, with one report citing police saying 86 people were killed.
 
2018-06-26

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Duterte seeks church outreach after outraging Filipino Catholics with 'stupid' God comments
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has promised to mend fences with the Catholic Church in the wake of scathing comments he made about God, which shocked many in Asia's largest Catholic country.
 
2018-06-26

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'The use of rap music is not allowed in preaching,' Catholic Church suspends rapping priest
A priest has been suspended by the Catholic church in Kenya for rapping his sermons.
 
2018-06-24

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Muslim Sex Educators Forge Their Own #MeToo Movement
He took a campus workshop on sexual abuse in the Muslim community, put on by a national organization called HEART Women & Girls. All its sex educators are Muslim.
 
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