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From left: brothers Luke, Ben and Stephen Hoffman with attorney Jeff Anderson. Photo: Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Three brothers and 2 other men who say they were sexually abused as children by Catholic priests filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota, against the Vatican Tuesday.

Details: They claim the church kept the identities and records of more than 3,400 clergy accused of sexual abuse secret — including senior church officials, Reuters reports. The suit wants the Vatican make the details public and report all alleged crimes to police in the U.S. and overseas. The brothers allege the Holy See is responsible because an ex-archbishop and a former Vatican ambassador to the U.S. mishandled their case, per AP.

Why it matters: The legal action comes 3 months after Pope Francis pledged the Catholic Church would take "concrete and effective measures" against clerical sexual abuse at a Vatican summit on the issue. The Pope issued a sweeping new Vatican law this month, which requires all priests and nuns worldwide to report sexual abuse and subsequent cover-ups to Catholic Church authorities.

The big picture: Previous lawsuits against the Vatican have failed because the Vatican is covered by immunity as a sovereign state, per the Catholic newspaper Crux. However, the attorney for Minnesota brothers Luke, Ben and Stephen Hoffman said he believes their suit could succeed because it has "made a more complete effort to document Vatican authority over Catholic clerics," according to KFGO.

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

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U.S. swimmer Caeleb Dressel wins 50-meter freestyle final, sets new Olympic record

Caeleb Dressel during the men's 100m butterfly final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

American swimmer Caeleb Dressel won gold and set an Olympic record in the men's 50-meter freestyle on Saturday, beating his own world record that he set in 2020.

The big picture: Dressel won the race in 21.07 seconds.

  • He previously won gold in the men's 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle and 4x100-meter medley relay in Tokyo. He also broke the world record in the men's 100-meter butterfly final on Friday.
  • Dressel had two gold medals going into the Tokyo Olympics.

Go deeper: Full Axios Olympics coverage

2 hours ago - Health

Florida records most new daily COVID cases in state since pandemic began

Nurses bring a portable x-ray machine to a treatment tent outside the emergency department at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida, set up to serve as an overflow area as the number of COVID-19 infections surges throughout Brevard County. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida reported 21,683 new COVID-19 cases — the most in the state in a single day since the pandemic began, per data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday.

The big picture: Florida is now the U.S. coronavirus epicenter, with the Delta variant driving a surge, Axios Tampa Bay's Ben Montgomery notes.

Updated 4 hours ago - Health

Chart: Less than 0.1% of vaccinated Americans tested positive for COVID-19

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Data: CDC and state Covid dashboards. Dani Alberti/Axios

Of the 164 million vaccinated Americans, around 125,000 people have tested positive for breakthrough infections and 0.001% have died, according to state data compiled from state dashboards by NBC and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: While "breakthrough cases" have been getting media attention, the low numbers show that the pandemic is mostly a threat for the unvaccinated population.