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An independent commission said Tuesday that more than 200,000 minors have been sexually abused by Roman Catholic clergy members in France since 1950, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The report by Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church, which was established at the request of the Catholic Church, comes amid a nationwide reckoning with sexual abuse in France.

  • The report detailed how the church regularly silenced victims and failed to report or discipline the clergy members involved, per the Times.
  • The commission held more than 250 hearings with witnesses, according to the Times. Nearly 6,500 people, including many victims, submitted testimony to the commission.

What they're saying: "The church failed to see or hear, failed to pick up on the weak signals, failed to take the rigorous measures that were necessary," said Jean-Marc Sauvé, the commission president, per the Times.

  • "Their voice moves us deeply. Their number overwhelms us," said Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, the archbishop of Reims.
  • "It goes beyond what we might have imagined," he added."Today, I want to ask for your forgiveness."

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By the time Abel Ponce executed a nimble three-point turn in his 18-wheeler at a narrow, oak tree-lined South Austin intersection on Sunday afternoon — the final maneuver in a 16-hour drive from Farmington, New Mexico — a group of more than three dozen volunteers assembled to offload his precious cargo: pumpkins.

Why it matters: Delays and costs associated with setting up a pumpkin patch this year at an Austin church present a window into a national economy beset with logistics and inflation challenges.

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A monster storm was slamming the Northeast with record rainfall and powerful winds over Tuesday night — causing flash flooding that resulted in people having to be rescued in New Jersey and New York roads to close.

Threat level: All of southern New England westward to New York City and northern New Jersey was under the threat of flash flooding and coastal flooding from the nor'easter through Tuesday night into early Wednesday, per the National Weather Service.

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Brazilian senators vote on probe into President Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic. Photo: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments, including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.