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1. 2016-06-04 Bishops face sack for mishandling abuse under papal plans Vatican
C. 2015-10-24 Catholic bishops end divisive synod on family Vatican
2015-10-04 Pope Francis opened Church synod amid gay row St Peter's Basilica, Vatican
E. 2014-10-05 Pope opens synod on family life Vatican
F. 2014-07-14 Church of England backs women bishops London
G. 2014-03-12 Pope Francis marks first year in office Alban Hills, Rome
7. 2013-04-22 Gunmen abduct bishops in Syria Aleppo
I. 2013-01-04 Church of England drops gay bishop opposition London
J. 2012-11-20 Women bishops vote a 'grim day' England

Catholic bishops end divisive synod on family  Roman Catholic bishops have finished an often fractious synod on the family by reaching a compromise on divisive issues   Pope Francis opened Church synod amid gay row Map of St Peter%27s Basilica Vatican
  Bishops face sack for mishandling abuse under papal plans

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Jun.4   Vatican
  Pope Francis has approved measures to sack bishops who mishandle child sexual abuse cases, a papal decree says

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  Pope Francis to celebrate Mass at St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, at the start of a synod of bishops that will focus on family issues

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  Pope Francis has opened a gathering of more than 200 Roman Catholic bishops by urging them not to impose 'intolerable moral burdens'
Jul.14   London Church of England backs women bishops  The Church of England General Synod has voted to allow women to become bishops for first time in its history Mar.12   Rome   Pope Francis marks first year in office Map of Alban Hills Italy  The Argentinean-born pontiff is currently on a week-long spiritual retreat with cardinals and bishops in the Alban Hills near Rome

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Apr.22   Aleppo   Gunmen abduct bishops in Syria   Militants in a rebel-held area of northern Syria have abducted two bishops travelling from the Turkish border back to the city of Aleppo Jan.4   London Church of England drops gay bishop opposition  The Church of England has dropped its prohibition on gay clergy in civil partnerships becoming bishops

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Nov.20   England Women bishops vote a 'grim day'  The next Archbishop of Canterbury has called the rejection of women bishops, as bishops prepare for an emergency meeting on the issue

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Oct.4   Vatican     Pope warns of 'new colonialism'  Opening a synod of African bishops, Benedict XVI said political colonialism was over, but the developed world continued to export materialis... Feb.7   Germany   Bishops: 'No room' for Holocaust denier
  Germany's Catholic bishops are calling for the expulsion of a former bishop Williamson, recently brought back into the church by Pope Benedict XVI
Jan.24   Vatican     Pope move ignites Holocaust row  The Pope has lifted the excommunication of 4 bishops appointed by a breakaway archbishop more than 20 years ago

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Jun.22   Jerusalem   Bishops criticise Anglican leader  Conservative Anglican leaders have opened talks on the future of the Church with criticism of the Archbishop of Canterbury

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Jun.20   USA Episcopal Church defiant on gay bishops  Members of the cChurch have rejected a demand from the Anglican Church that they stop appointing gay bishops May.4   Vatican   Pope excommunicates China bishops  The Vatican has excommunicated 2 bishops consecrated to China's government-approved Catholic church

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Feb.16   USA Sex abuse priests: '4,450 accused'
  The survey by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops found that children made more than 11,000 allegations

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Jun.16   Washington   Church sex investigator resigns  Frank Keating has resigned after accusing bishops of blocking his work. He compared bishops to the Mafia

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Oct.18   Vatican Bishops to work on abuse policy
  The Vatican and U.S. bishops will form a joint commission to create a policy to deal with priests accused of pedophilia Jun.14   Texas Bishops approve policy on abusive priests  A resolution is barring clerics who have engaged in sexual abuse from continuing in the ministry Jun.13   Texas Bishops' summit makes apology
  Bishop Wilton Gregory, the leader of America's Roman Catholic bishops made a frank apology to victims of predatory priests Jun.4   USA   Bishops draw up abuse response
  Roman Catholic bishops have drafted a national proposal on how to deal with priests who sexually abuse children

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