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Believers attend a mass in the Cathedral of Lucon, western France, on March 14 organized after the unveiling ceremony of a plaque in tribute to childhood victims of sexual abuse by priests. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images

The head of an independent commission investigating child sexual abuse in the French Catholic Church said Sunday there have been between 2,900 and 3,200 pedophile priests or other members of the church since 1950, Le Monde reports.

What to watch: The revelation comes days before the commission releases its full 2,500-page report on Tuesday.

  • Earlier this year, commission head Jean-Marc Sauvé estimated there could be "at least 10,000" victims of child sexual abuse stemming from the French Catholic Church, per Politico.

The big picture: Sauvé said the 2,900-3,200 range is a "minimum estimate," according to Le Monde. There have been some 115,000 priests and religious officials in that time, Sauvé told Le Journal du Dimanche.

Background: The commission was set up in 2018 to conduct an independent inquiry following multiple sex abuse scandals.

  • The report will also examine the cultural and institutional mechanisms that allowed pedophilia to take place. It will offer 45 proposals, Le Monde reports.

What they're saying: The publication of the full report will "change everything," Katherine Dalle, head of communications for the Bishops' Conference of France, told CNN.

  • "This report will show the collective responsibility of the church," Olivier Savignac, who runs an organization for victims, told CNN. "We will finally have figures on the scale of the abuse, collected scientifically. We have been waiting for this for years."

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U.S. bishops slated to debate whether Biden should receive communion

Pope Francis meets President Biden at the Apostolic Palace on Oct. 29 in the Vatican. Photo: Vatican Media via Vatican Pool/Getty Images

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this week is expected to debate whether President Biden's support for abortion rights should disqualify him from receiving communion.

Driving the news: At the organization's annual general assembly in Baltimore, the bishops are slated to vote on a document, which clarifies the meaning of "Holy Communion," Reuters writes.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Nov 15, 2021 - Technology

Study: Teens and tweens are sharing more nude pictures

Photo illustration of social media apps on a phone. Photo: Matt Cardy / Contributor

In a trend that worries sexual abuse experts, teens and even younger children are sharing more nude pictures of themselves, often with adults, a new study has found.

Why it matters: Once shared with even one person, such images can easily be distributed further and become part of the corpus of child sexual abuse material in the dark corners of the web.

Rohingya refugees sue Facebook over Myanmar hate speech

Internally displaced Rohingya peoples at a market area in the Baw Du Pha IDP Camp in Sittwe in Myanmar's western Rakhine state. Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images

Rohingya refugees accused Facebook in a $150 million lawsuit filed Monday of amplifying hate speech against the persecuted minority Muslims in Myanmar via algorithms and failing to take down inflammatory posts.

Why it matters: Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been killed in Myanmar in what the United Nations deemed a genocidal campaign. Tens of thousands of others have been displaced, notably following a massacre by Myanmar's military in 2017.

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