The Vatican has ordered the laicization of Archbishop Józef Wesołowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, accused of paying for sex with minors.
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Poland's Catholic church has held a penitential service for victims of sexual abuse by priests after calls for more action to curb molestation in the country.
"It was said this was America's problem, and then a problem of Anglo-Saxon countries, and then a problem for the West -- the frontiers were pushed ever further so we could insist it didn't affect us," said Bishop Piotr Libera of Plock, a former bishops' conference secretary-general.
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A majority of respondents in a recent Polish national survey believe there’s a Jewish conspiracy to control international banking and the media.
The former secretary of Pope John Paul II has approved publication of the late pontiff's private notebooks despite a request in his will that they should be burned.
American conductor Sir Gilbert Levine will conduct an orchestra and two choirs in a May 5 concert in Washington to celebrate the canonizations of two popes, Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II.
Levine is often called "the pope's maestro" because of his nearly two-decade friendship with Blessed John Paul.
Titled "Peace through Music 'In Our Age,' " the concert at Constitution Hall will be presented on PBS and televised throughout the world. It will be offered a week after Pope Francis canonizes the former popes during an April 27 Mass at the Vatican.