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WHO was warned lives were at risk over yanked report, emails show

An author of a withdrawn World Health Organization report into Italy's coronavirus response warned his bosses in May that people could die and the UN agency could suffer "catastrophic" reputational damage if it allowed political concerns to suppress the document, according to emails seen by The Associated Press.

Vatican says no change in doctrine on gays after well-publicized Francis comments

The Vatican says Pope Francis's comments on gay civil unions were taken out of context in a documentary that spliced together parts of an old interview, but still confirmed Francis's belief that gay couples should enjoy legal protections.

Venice reclaims spotlight as 1st COVID-era film fest opens

Venice is reclaiming its place as a top cultural destination with the opening of the Venice Film Festival — the first major in-person cinema showcase of the coronavirus era after Cannes canceled and other international festivals opted to go mostly online this year.

Vatican launches track team of priests, nuns

The Vatican launched an official track team Thursday with the aim of competing in international competitions as part of an agreement signed with the Italian Olympic Committee. Swiss Guards, priests, nuns, pharmacists and even a 62-year-old professor are the first accredited members of Vatican Athletics.

Global Catholic nuns urge reporting of sex abuse to police

The Catholic Church's global organization of nuns has denounced the "culture of silence and secrecy" surrounding sexual abuse in the church and is urging sisters who have been abused to report the crimes to police and their superiors.

Canadian Vatican official defends Pope against 'blasphemous' coverup claims

Quebec-born Cardinal Marc Ouellet issued a scathing rebuke Sunday of the ambassador who accused Pope Francis of covering up the sexual misconduct of a prominent American cardinal, saying his claims were a "blasphemous" political hit job.

Pope Francis says Indigenous people have rights over their lands

Indigenous people must give prior consent for any economic activity on their ancestral lands, Pope Francis insists as the U.S. administration of Donald Trump seeks to advance construction on the $3.8-billion Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Pope to OK use of indigenous languages for mass in Mexico

Pope Francis will issue a decree authorizing the use of indigenous languages in Mass celebrations when he travels to Mexico next week, one of the symbolic gestures he will make in defence of Indian rights in the country.

Jozef Wesolowski, archbishop accused of child sexual abuse, dead at 67

The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who had been charged by church prosecutors with sexually abusing children in the Caribbean country, died Friday of apparent natural causes as he awaited trial, the Vatican said.

2 embattled Minnesota bishops resign over alleged sex abuse coverup

Pope Francis has started making good on his promise to not let even the most senior churchmen get away with sex abuse or cover-up.

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