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A UN human rights team has confirmed that two armed groups in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo raped more than 150 women.
Seven people who say they were abused as children by a Roman Catholic priest in California are taking legal action against the Catholic Diocese of Oakland.
A group of Roman Catholics have marched to St Peter’s Square in the Vatican to call for women to be ordained as priests. Police asked them to leave as they peacefully handed out flyers to passers-by.
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that individuals should not be kept on the Sex Offenders' Register for life without the possibility of review.
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Human rights and gay campaigner Peter Tatchell, an atheist, has praised Catholic bishops for rejecting baseless claims that being gay is linked to abusing children.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has expressed strong concern about the response of, and to, the Catholic Church in Ireland over sex abuse. But his remarks may also have been exaggerated.
Following recent brutal attacks on women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Christian Aid is calling for more to be done over the voluntary demobilisation of armed groups there.
Pope Benedict XVI, leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, has told Australians he is deeply sorry for the sexual abuse of children by some Catholic priests and has said that those responsible must be brought to justice.