April 15, 2014

Vatican faces second round of UN scrutiny on sexual abuse policies

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Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi addresses the press on Feb. 21 at the Vatican. RNS photo by David Gibson

Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi addresses the press on Feb. 21 at the Vatican. RNS photo by David Gibson

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) At issue is whether the church's handling of the sexual abuse scandal violates international norms against subjecting minors to torture, something that the Vatican's chief spokesman denied on Tuesday.