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Cardinal Burke to visit North Dakota

May 28, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Western North Dakota will receive its first public visit by a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church when Cardinal Raymond Burke hosts a private retreat for 40 priests with the Bismarck Diocese on Sunday at the Assumption Abbey in Richardton. Continue Reading

Less abuse, but not all follow church audit

May 17, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS An annual report, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, says an independent audit and study found 2012 had the biggest drop in allegations of sexual abuse by priests in a decade. Continue Reading

Colorado man suing Bismarck Diocese comes forward

January 5, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

A Colorado man suing the Catholic Diocese of Bismarck for negligence over sexual abuse by a priest who has said he suffered in the 1970s has lifted his anonymity. Continue Reading

Priest accused of sexually assaulting Minnesota girl in 2004, arrested in India

March 19, 2012 in DL-Online

UPDATED: Megan Peterson, formerly of Middle River, Minn., says it’s a weight off her shoulders to hear the Rev. Joseph Palani vel Jeyapaul was arrested Friday in India. He faces felony charges in Minnesota district court in Roseau, Minn., that he sexually assaulted Peterson in 2004 when she was 14 and another girl who was 16 in 2005. He’s been a fugitive in India, working as a priest, since the charges were filed in Roseau in 2006.
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Lawsuit: Minnesota diocese knew of Irish priest’s past

January 10, 2011 in West Central Tribune

MINNEAPOLIS A Nevada man who claims he was sexually abused by an Irish priest sued a diocese in southwestern Minnesota on Monday, saying it knew of past abuse allegations against the Rev. Francis Markey, and failed to warn parents or children.
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