Feb 23, 2019

Top cardinal admits Catholic Church destroyed documents of sex abuse

A priest walks in St. Peter's Square during the Papal summit on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. Photo: Antonio Masiello via Getty Images

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx told a clergy abuse summit on Saturday that the Catholic Church had destroyed decades of files that could have "documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible" for child sex abuse, reports the National Catholic Reporter.

Details: "Instead of the perpetrators, the victims were regulated and silence imposed on them," Marx told an audience of 190 cardinals, bishops and heads of religious orders. A Nigerian nun named Veronica Openibo described a broken culture of "mediocrity, hypocrisy, and complacency" that brought the church to a "disgraceful and scandalous place." While the abuse summit plays out, Catholics from Italy and around the world gathered to march through Rome in protest of the Vatican's response to pedophilia, the AP reports.

Go deeper: The stunning scale of the global Catholic sex abuse crisis.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess as South Korean cases surge

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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Massive MGM data breach: Guests' personal details posted on hacking site

The MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

An MGM Resorts security breach last summer resulted in the personal details of 10.6 million guests published on a hacking forum this week, ZDNet first reported Wednesday.

Why it matters: Federal government employees and high-profile guests were affected by the breach, according to analysis by data breach monitoring service Under the Bridge and ZDNet — including officials from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Microsoft staffers and singer Justin Bieber.

George Zimmerman sues Buttigieg and Warren for $265M

George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, in November 2013. Photo: Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images

George Zimmerman filed a lawsuit in Polk County, Fla., seeking $265 million in damages from Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren, accusing them of defaming him to "garner votes in the black community."

Context: Neither the Massachusetts senator nor the former Southbend mayor tweeted his name in the Feb. 5 posts on what would've been the 25th birthday of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen Zimmerman fatally shot in 2012. But Zimmerman alleges they "acted with actual malice" to defame him.