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Costa Rica puts into effect law driven by alleged victims of priest

The reform was prompted by two men who denounced a Catholic priest for having sexually abused them when they served as altar boys as teenagers.

Costa Rica approves law against child abuse prepared by alleged victims of priest

Costa Rica’s congress approved on Tuesday a bill that extends the statute of limitations for the crime of sexual abuse of minors.

Archbishop minimizes fall in reputation of the Church, predicts ‘high participation’ during Holy Week

The archbishop of San José, José Rafael Quirós, downplayed the fall in the reputation of the Catholic Church after turbulent months.

Priest accused of sexual abuse arrested trying to leave Costa Rica

The priest was arrested at the border post of Paso Canoas, the main border crossing with Panama, according to a statement from the prosecutor's office.

Costa Rican police raid Catholic Church headquarters in sexual abuse case

Agents entered both institutions to look for documents regarding separate investigations into Mauricio Víquez and Manuel Antonio Guevara, two priests accused of sexually abusing minors.

Costa Rican priest arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a minor

"He is being investigated as a suspect in the alleged crime of sexual abuse against a minor," the statement read.

Victims speak on allegations of abuse within Catholic Church in Costa Rica

"This country needs The Vatican to pay attention. We need them to realize that not only do these things happen in the United States or Chile, but in Costa Rica and Central America.”

Vatican expels Costa Rican priest from Catholic Church for alleged abuses

The Vatican has expelled Costa Rican priest Mauricio Víquez from the clergy, the Metropolitan Archdiocese of San José announced Monday.

President Alvarado attends Pope Francis’ mass in Panama

Pope Francis called for a peaceful resolution to the "serious situation" in Venezuela, committed to supporting immigrants and spoke of the "wound" left in the Church by the scandal of sexual abuse.

President Alvardo expected to attend Pope’s mass in Panama

Panama "wanted to invite the presidents of Central America because the World Youth Day (WYD) is a day for all Central America that is taking place in Panama."

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