• Catholic diocese in India removes vicar accused of rape

    Catholic diocese in India removes vicar accused of rape

    • Mar 9, 2017

    A vicar in a Catholic diocese in southern India was arrested on charges of raping a teenage girl. Reverend Robin Vadakkancheril has been removed from his position after a 17-year-old girl from his parish gave birth to a baby. The diocese is looking to enact measures to curb sexual abuse by priests.

  • Cyprus’s religious leaders unite against violence to women

    Cyprus’s religious leaders unite against violence to women

    • Mar 8, 2017

    In a first-ever joint statement on International Women’s Day, the leaders of Cyprus’s Christian and Muslim faithful pledged to work with authorities and help end violence against women and girls. The leaders said Christianity and Islam condemn violence against women and that it is their religious duty to stand united against it.

  • Philippine House OKs restoring death penalty for drug cases

    Philippine House OKs restoring death penalty for drug cases

    • Mar 7, 2017

    The death penalty by hanging, lethal injection or firing squad has been restored in the Philippines despite criticism by the Catholic Church and human rights groups. President Rodrigo Duterte has been launching a violent war against drugs that has so far claimed the life of thousands.

  • Feds, bishop to spell out abuse plan in troubled diocese

    Feds, bishop to spell out abuse plan in troubled diocese

    • Mar 6, 2017

    Following trials and allegations regarding the clerical sex abuse scandal in Pennsylvania, U.S. Attorney Soo Song and Bishop Mark Bartchak had a joint press conference announcing a collaborative framework to protect the children of the diocese from sexual abuse.

  • Bills would ban religion exception to birth control coverage

    Bills would ban religion exception to birth control coverage

    • Mar 5, 2017

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that for-profit businesses under the control of just a few people — with no real distinction between the owners and the business — can hold religious views and lawfully choose not to cover employees’ contraceptives. The Nevada legislature seeks to overturn the high court decision.

  • Victims, Roman Catholic Church spar over NY sex abuse bill

    Victims, Roman Catholic Church spar over NY sex abuse bill

    • Mar 5, 2017

    New York’s Catholic Conference supports alternative legislation that would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations on child sex crimes and give victims until they are 28 to file civil suits. It would not create a window for civil molestation lawsuits now barred by the statute of limitations.