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February 22, 2019

Pope Francis calls for ‘concrete and effective measures’ at historic sex abuse summit

Birute/iStock(ROME) -- On the first day of a historic conference that’s likely to become a defining moment of his papacy, Pope Francis appeared prepared to tackle the excruciating, decades-long epidemic of child sex abuse at the hands of Catholic priests. “We hear the cry of little ones calling for justice,” the pope said as he gaveled to order the church’s first ever worldwide conference on the protection of minors. More than 190 bishops and cardinals were summoned to Rome to participate in the..
February 22, 2019

Sex abuse summit in Vatican comes amid growing number of investigations of Catholic priests in the US

Hornet83/iStock(ROME) -- The meeting of Catholic leadership in the Vatican to address clerical sex abuse comes amid a busy and controversial time for the church within the United States. There are now at least 17 states or cities that have open investigations into their respective local dioceses, and a number of states and cities have released lists of priests and church volunteers that they have found to have credible accusations of sexual abuse or misconduct against them. "People are asking &#..
February 21, 2019

World’s largest bee photographed after vanishing for decades

Sushaaa/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A photographer on a quest to capture an image of the elusive world's largest bee found success while retracing the steps of famous anthropologist Alfred Russel Wallace, who jointly published some writings on evolution through natural selection with Charles Darwin in 1858. Clay Bolt's search for the Megachile pluto began with picking up a copy of one of Wallace's journals, "The Malay Archipelago," which detailed his travels through Malaysia, New Guinea a..
February 21, 2019

El Chapo conviction cast into doubt after juror says panelists repeatedly violated judge’s orders

STR/LatinContent/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Attorneys for Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman say they are "deeply concerned" by an interview in which one of the jurors who convicted the notorious Mexican drug kingpin admitted to ignoring the judge's orders not to read media reports about the case. The juror, who has not been identified, told VICE News in an exclusive interview that at least five members of the panel reviewed and discussed news reports and social media posts about the case during the ..