March 25th, 2012
06:47 PM ET

Throngs gather for pope's Mass in Mexico

By the CNN Wire Staff

Silao, Mexico (CNN) - Pope Benedict XVI led an open-air Mass Sunday before throngs of faithful Catholics in central Mexico.

Cheering onlookers waved balloons, flags and banners as the pope arrived at Bicentennial Park in Mexico's Guanajuato state. Many said they had spent the night camped out, awaiting the pope's arrival.

More than 400,000 people attended the Mass, according to Mexico's state-run Notimex news agency.

The pope urged Mexican Catholics to remain true to their faith, and called on the Virgin Mary to "continue accompanying and protecting her beloved Mexican and Latin American children, so that Christ reigns in their lives and helps them to boldly promote peace, harmony, justice and solidarity."

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

March 25th, 2012
06:24 PM ET

Philadelphia priest abuse trial to open, targeting archdiocese's higher-up

By Ross Levitt and Susan Candiotti, CNN

(CNN) - Opening arguments are scheduled for Monday in Philadelphia in the first case in which an official of a Roman Catholic archdiocese has been accused of protecting abusive priests by moving them from parish to parish.

Monsignor William Lynn has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child. Lynn served as the vicar of clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2004, a position in which he was responsible for investigating reports that priests had sexually abused children.


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Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Courts • Crime • Pope Benedict XVI

March 25th, 2012
07:46 AM ET

New book accuses Vatican of hiding cases of sexual abuse of minors

By Rafael Romo, CNN

Leon, Mexico (CNN) - On the same day Pope Benedict addressed and blessed a group of 1,800 children in Guanajuato, Mexico, three Mexican authors released a book accusing the Vatican of hiding or ignoring cases of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

The book, "La Voluntad de no Saber" (Willing Not to be Aware), chronicles multiple cases of sexual abuse of minors committed by Marcial Maciel, a Mexican-born Roman Catholic priest who was influential at the Vatican.


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Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Church • Pope Benedict XVI

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