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Great Works: The Cosmati Pavement

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As Westminster Abbey prepares to open the world-famous Cosmati Pavement to the public, LUCY DONKIN, author of ‘Standing on Holy Ground in the Middle Ages’, takes a look – in an article first published on The Conversation – at its history…

Lourdes shrine reviewing mosaics after Jesuit abuse claims

FILE - Pope Benedict XVI, center, celebrates a Mass in front of the Basilica of the Rosary in Lourdes, southwestern France, on Sept. 15, 2008. Behind him is one of the mosaics by Rev. Marko Ivan Rupnik, who was declared excommunicated in 2020 for committing one of the worst crimes in church law – using the confessional to absolve a woman with whom he had engaged in sexual activity. Officials at the Catholic shrine in Lourdes, France announced the creation of a study group Friday, March 31, 2023, to decide what to do with the sanctuary’s mosaics, its most famous but now controversial attraction. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarant

Rome, ItalyAP Officials at the Catholic shrine in Lourdes announced the creation of a study group Friday to decide what to do with one of the French sanctuary’s most famous but now controversial attractions: mosaics by a Jesuit artist who has been sanctioned by the Vatican and his religious order for sexually, spiritually and psychologically […]

“Despicable”: Slovene Catholic bishops condemn Jesuit artist’s abuse

Vatican CityAP Slovenia’s Catholic bishops on Thursday condemned as “despicable” the emotional, sexual, and spiritual violence committed against women by a famous Slovenian priest at the heart of an abuse and cover-up scandal roiling the Vatican and the Jesuit order of Pope Francis. The Slovene bishops’ conference broke three weeks of silence with a statement […]

Vatican under pressure over non-prosecution of Jesuit artist

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Vatican CityAP The Vatican came under pressure Tuesday to explain why it didn’t prosecute a famous Jesuit artist and merely let his order restrict the priest’s ministry following allegations that he abused his authority over adult women. The Jesuits, the same order to which Pope Francis belongs, announced in a statement made public this week […]

Prominent Jesuit priest and artist disciplined after abuse allegations

Rome, ItalyReuters The Roman Catholic Jesuit order said it disciplined a prominent priest and artist who reportedly sexually and psychologically abused nuns in his native Slovenia three decades ago. The Jesuits issued a statement about Father Marko Ivan Rupnik following Italian media reports last week that several nuns had accused him of abuse in the […]