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Pope Francis (Photo by Christoph Wagener, CC 3.0, https://bit.ly/2vSpwxS)

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Pope's cover-up crisis turns battle lines into first salvo

Vigano told an Italian journalist he was "serene and at peace" after publishing his allegation-laden declaration, albeit saddened by subsequent attempts to undermine his credibility.

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Vatican in 'shame and sorrow' over abuses in Pennsylvania

The Vatican expressed "shame and sorrow" Thursday over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state, calling the abuse "criminally and morally reprehensible" and says Pope Francis wants to eradicate "this tragic horror."

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Francis marks 5 years as pope amid love, disenchantment

Pope Francis marked his fifth anniversary as pope Tuesday by receiving votes of confidence from his predecessor and current Vatican No. 2, even as surveys showed his reform-minded papacy was turning off some of the most faithful, church-going Catholics.