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Religious order files reveal decades of LA abuse

Hundreds of pages of secret church files released Wednesday shed light on the troublesome careers of a dozen religious order priests, brothers and nuns accused of sexually abusing children while working in the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese. Full story

Responses, many angry, flood Ohio St after remarks

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Outraged priests. Furious alumni. Offended Roman Catholics. All were among dozens of people who wrote angry letters and emails to Ohio State University earlier this year over remarks former President Gordon Gee made jabbing Catholics, Notre Dame and Southeastern Con... Full story

Missing Benson priest found OK

BENSON - A Benson priest goes missing after finding out he's an investigative lead in a case Pinal County Sheriff's detectives are working. Full story

Clergy, faithful digest Francis' Brazil message

In word and deed during his trip to Brazil, Pope Francis put clergy and faithful alike on notice: Get energized, go out and spread the Gospel, give the Roman Catholic Church a more active role in society. Full story

Al Qaeda group kidnaps Italian priest in Syria: activists

AMMAN (Reuters) - Al Qaeda-linked fighters in the rebel-held eastern Syrian city of Raqqa on Tuesday abducted a prominent Italian Jesuit priest who championed the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, activists said. Full story

Pope won’t judge priests for sexual orientation

   In a news conference during his flight from Brazil, Pope Francis said people should not be marginalized for being gay. He also expressed a desire to expand the role of women in the church. Father John Bambrick a priest from Trenton, New Jersey joins NewsNation with his reaction to the Pope’s comment

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Father Andrew Greeley, novelist and Catholic critic, dies

Missouri diocese agrees to $600,000 settlement in child pornography case

Disgraced Cardinal to leave Scotland for penance-Vatican

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  Father Andrew Greeley, prolific author, dies at 85

The author of more than 150 books, Catholic priest Andrew Greeley was at times a relentless critic of the church. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

  Cardinal: Francis will bring ‘tremendous change’

“He’s being studied very closely,” Cardinal Edward Egan of the Archdiocese of New York said of Pope Francis, added that wherever he goes, priests want to know how the Pope will change the Catholic Church and what the implications will be. Cardinal Edward Egan is interviewed by TODAY’s Lester Holt.

  Ice cold dunk for new priests in Japan

After two years of training, novice Shinto priests in Japan take a ritual dip in freezing water as part of their graduation ceremony. TODAY.com's Dara Brown reports.

  The case for ending celibacy rules for priests

Father Albert Cutie, who left the Catholic Church in order to marry, joins Joy Reid’s panel for a discussion on the Catholic Church’s celibacy rules, gender politics, and what the pink smoke at the Vatican was all about.

  Seminarians- they’re just like us!

MSNBC’s Chris Jansing reports from the Vatican about a group of men, studying to be priests… who say they’re trying to be “cool.”

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