Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Pope Francis is vowing that the Catholic Church will "never again" cover up clergy sexual abuse, and he is demanding that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in.

The pontiff today dedicated his annual Christmas speech to the Vatican bureaucracy to abuse -- evidence that a year of devastating revelations has shaken his papacy and caused a crisis of confidence in the Catholic hierarchy.

Pope Francis acknowledged that the church in the past had failed to treat the problem seriously.

But he vowed that going forward, it would never cover up or dismiss cases again and would "spare no effort" to find justice for pedophiles. (3)



Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr is expecting to learn today if his bail conditions might get relaxed.

An Edmonton judge is set to rule on the Toronto native's request for his bail restrictions to be eased while he waits for an appeal of his war-crime conviction by a U-S military commission stemming from a grenade attack on a U-S soldier in Afghanistan in 2002, when Khadr was 15.

Khadr's lawyer argued his now 32-year-old client's life remains restricted by a stalled American court process.

He wants a passport to travel to Saudi Arabia, easier travel to Toronto to visit family, and unsupervised conversations with his sister. (3)


(Britain-Gatwick Airport-Drones)

London's Gatwick Airport says travellers should still expect knock-on delays and flight cancellations, despite the decision this morning to reopen its only used runway following about 36 hours of drone chaos.

The prospect of a deadly collision between an airliner and industrial-grade drones first spotted flying near the airfield Wednesday night led authorities to immediately stop all flights in and out of Gatwick.

Gatwick says its runway is "now available and aircraft are arriving and departing" while authorities hunt for whoever was flying the drones illegally. …

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