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Historic child abuse inquiry opens in Australia

Last Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013, 15:59

An Australian inquiry into church and institutional child abuse began public hearings, with warnings that widespread and "shocking" allegations would be heard against places of worship, orphanages, community groups and schools.

Priests are a gift to church and the world: Pope

Last Updated: Sunday, June 13, 2010, 19:03

Recently, Benedict begged pardon from abuse victims. Today he lauded priests.

Bad seeds in priesthood can`t obscure good: Pope

Last Updated: Saturday, May 15, 2010, 23:01

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday lamented that the clerical abuse scandals were eclipsing the Catholic church`s reputation.

India`s Catholic Church prepares to prevent scandals

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 09:47

Catholic leaders in India are drawing up procedures to prevent scandals and tackle them if they happen, Christian leaders say.

Pope defends celibacy after abuse scandals

Last Updated: Friday, March 12, 2010, 23:53

The pope defended priestly celibacy on Friday after a series of paedophile priest scandals rekindled debate on the Church`s policy as the head of Germany`s Catholics again apologised to victims.