Update: Rome mayor says Caritas will still get Trevi Fountain coins

After weeks of confusion and consternation, Rome's mayor told the Vatican newspaper that Rome Caritas would benefit not only from the coins tourists throw in the Trevi Fountain, but from coins tossed in any of the city's historic water features.
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Pro-lifers: N.Y. abortion bill could one day make being pro-life ‘a crime’

Officials at the New York State Catholic Conference are calling the Reproductive Health Act "worse than we thought it would be."
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Cardinal Wuerl wrote papal nuncio of abuse claims against predecessor in 2004

Church officials confirmed that Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, retired archbishop of Washington, had forwarded an allegation of sexual misconduct against his predecessor, former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, to the papal nuncio in Washington in 2004.
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Illinois attorney general releases report on clergy sex abuse

A preliminary report released Dec. 19 by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan shows clergy sexual abuse of minors in the state to be "significantly more extensive" than what the state's dioceses had previously reported, it said.
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Pope accepts resignation of Los Angeles auxiliary accused of abuse

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of 69-year-old Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar of Los Angeles after the archdiocese's independent Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board recommended he not be allowed to minister because of an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor in the 1990s.
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Jesuits’ Maryland province releases lists of clergy with credible claims

The Maryland province of the Society of Jesus Dec. 17 released the names of Jesuits who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors since 1950. They include Jesuits from the province and other Jesuits who have served the province.
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Pope celebrates his birthday with clients of Vatican pediatric clinic

VATICAN CITY — If the Holy Family lived in Rome and the baby Jesus had a cold or flu, Mary and Joseph certainly would bring him to the Vatican pediatric clinic for help, Pope Francis said. The Vatican’s St. Martha Dispensary was founded in 1922 and, staffed by volunteers, it provides medical care and basic...
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Creche up for one day, then Delaware town’s leaders order its removal

A manger scene can make people feel good at Christmas and that's what Patty Derrick and her friends in Rehoboth Beach were aiming for when they spoke to town leaders about erecting a creche that has been part of the beach town for about a half-century.
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Cardinal Pell found guilty of sex abuse, expected to appeal, reports say

Australian Cardinal George Pell reportedly has been found guilty on five charges related to serious sexual misconduct involving two boys at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s.
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Shooting in Brazilian cathedral leaves five dead, four injured

A gunman opened fire inside a Brazilian church, killing four people and injuring four others before turning the gun on himself, police said.
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High court won’t hear states’ appeals over defunding Planned Parenthood

Pro-life leaders said they were disappointed the U.S. Supreme Court declined Dec. 10 to hear appeals from Kansas and Louisiana on lower court rulings that have stopped the states from blocking Medicaid funds going to Planned Parenthood.
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