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Annual audit of Church’s abuse allegations shows cautious improvement

WASHINGTON — The 15th annual report on the implementation of the U.S. bishops' "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" shows a decrease in allegations of clergy sex abuse from the two previous years but also indicates the need for continued vigilance since charges were raised by more than 650 adults and 24 minors.

Father Maximilian Toczylowski removed at St. Louis Priory

Benedictine Father Maximilian Toczylowski, director of the junior school at Saint Louis Priory School, has been removed from his roles at the school after "inappropriate images" were found on his laptop computer, according to a letter from Priory's headmaster.

In a May 31 letter to parents from Benedictine Father Gregory Mohrman, the images were found during a routine review of electronic devices used by school staff. He noted that the images were downloaded from the internet and the subjects involved were not associated with the school.

All of Chile's bishops offer resignations after meeting pope on abuse

VATICAN CITY -- Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal.

"We want to announce that all bishops present in Rome, in writing, have placed our positions in the Holy Father's hands so that he may freely decide regarding each one of us," Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo wrote May 18 in a statement on behalf of the country's bishops.

The unprecedented decision was made on the final day of their meeting May 15-17 with Pope Francis.

Churches rally against drugs, violence and prostitution plaguing north St. Louis neighborhood

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Nearly three decades ago, Bernarda Phillips was sleeping on the sidewalk in front of Sts. Teresa and Bridget Church.

The church opened its doors to her, helping her get back on her feet and off drugs. She started a Narcotics Anonymous group there, and today she looks for lost souls, still helping out at NA meetings there on Saturday mornings.

"I know that deliverance through the power of God is possible," she said. "God has allowed me to pay it forward, and I let people know you're looking at a miracle, and you, too, can be delivered — you just need to trust in God."

POPE’S MESSAGE | Don’t compromise on protecting minors from abuse

Pope Francis greeted a 99-year-old blind woman Jan. 20 along the parade route in Trujillo, Peru.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said he told the bishops and priests of Chile to be uncompromising when it comes to protecting minors from sexual abuse and to trust that God will purify and renew His Church during this time of trial.

Problems and conflicts must never be swept under the rug, he also said, because they can be resolved only through openness and dialogue.

At his weekly general audience Jan. 24 in St. Peter's Square, the pope told an estimated 15,000 pilgrims and visitors about his Jan. 15-21 visit to Chile and Peru.

In Chile, pope focuses on ending division, segregation and abuse

Pope Francis greeted the crowd before celebrating Mass Jan. 17 at the Maquehue Airport near Temuco, Chile.

TEMUCO, Chile — Celebrating Mass in a land steeped in indigenous history and culture, Pope Francis said the greatest threat facing humanity is the stifling of differences driven by the idea that some cultures are better than others.

Greeting members of the Mapuche people and other indigenous peoples living in southern Chile Jan. 17, Pope Francis recognized the suffering and injustice endured by the indigenous population.

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