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A beach in the Pacific island of Guam (AP)

The archdiocese of Agana has hired a law firm to look into allegations against Archbishop Anthony Apuron

Bishops queue to meet Pope Francis after a general audience (AP)

The potential scope of the new definition of episcopal negligence is of huge significance

Pope Francis has made it explicit that Church leaders can be dismissed for negligence on abuse (AP)

Under new procedures, Vatican will launch an investigation when there is ‘serious evidence’ of negligence

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon (AP)

Cardinal Barbarin has spoked of the need for victims ‘to see their right to truth and justice recognised’

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, enters the Saint-Jean Cathedral, in Lyon (AP)

The new commission will consist of former magistrates, doctors and parents

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin (CNS)

Police raided the offices of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin to search for information related to the case of Fr Bernard Preynat

The Altoona-Johnstown diocese adminstration building (AP)

A state grand jury found two former bishops helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by more than 50 clergy over a 40-year period in Altoona-Johnstown diocese

St. Bernadine Monestary in Hollidaysburg (AP)

The men have been charged in connection with a two-year investigation into sexual abuse in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin pictured at the Vatican in 2013 (AP)

Priest in France stands accused of abusing up to 45 minors

Patriarch Kirill arrives at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana on Thursday (AP)

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