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The RICO Act was designed to combat organized crime groups like the Mafia. But a growing number of advocates in the U.S. see the recent FIFA investigation as a precedent for a possible criminal investigation into the Holy See’s role in child sexual abuse cases. Read more»

Pope Francis prays in Rome on Dec. 8, 2013.

Five experts on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church weigh in on whether Pope Francis has done enough to address one of the the church’s biggest challenges. Read more»

Children play soccer in front of the church where Father Paul Madden celebrates Mass, in the tiny, scruffy fishing village of Puerto Huarmey, Peru. Father Madden admitted to molesting a 13-year-old boy, and told GlobalPost he could never again work in the U.S.

The Catholic Church has allowed priests accused of sexually abusing children in the United States and Europe to relocate to poor parishes in South America, a yearlong GlobalPost investigation has found. The Vatican has no comment. Read more»

Pope Francis

First he warns of the impending 'Mexicanization' of Argentina. Then he says 'the devil is punishing Mexico.' ¿Qué pasa, Francisco? Read more» 1

Pope Francis doesn't actually have the power to fix the crisis. Bishops do. Read more»

A mural of martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero in Suchitoto, El Salvador.

It is hard to imagine a more dramatic tale of martyrdom. Read more»

A toughening of Catholic medical directives could include enforcing a ban on tubal ligations. Read more»

A view of the harbor in Havana, Cuba, in December 2011.

It’s a busy time of year for a big news story to break. But we've got you covered. Here's what you need to know about what's going on in Cuba: Read more»

After a bitter, six-year investigation of American nuns, the Vatican has offered the olive branch. Read more»

Pope Francis

Pope Francis is a change agent rivaled by few other figures in power today. Does a reform-driven pope have the power to change doctrine? Read more»

Father Roy Bourgeois has spent the better part of his 76 years like a polemical Don Quixote, tilting against the powerful windmills of his time: the U.S. military, Latin American dictatorships, the State Department, federal courts — and now the Vatican. Read more»

Parishioners attend a Friday service at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Paso.

Catholicism remains the religion of choice for most people in El Paso, but membership in the church has declined. How the church adapts to modern societal beliefs will be reflected by what happens to its membership there. Read more»

Francis endorses 'stopping' but not 'bombing' the militant group, invoking 'just war theory.' What is a reasonable moral limit on military violence in the face of terror? Read more»

Two years after the nuns were accused of "radical feminism" and assigned a male minder, will either side finally blink? Read more»

Pope Francis drew headlines not long ago for being caught on tape performing an exorcism, and earlier this week, the Vatican endorsed the International Association of Exorcists, which has 250 members from 30 countries.

Some 40 Catholic bishops in Mexico are taking an 'intensive' exorcism course led by an Italian priest who says he's personally conducted 1,650 exorcisms. Read more» 1

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