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Pope Francis told child sex abusers in the Catholic Church to prepare for "divine justice" on Friday, vowing that their crimes would "never again" be covered up, the Associated Press reports.

“Let it be clear that before these abominations the Church will spare no effort to do all that is necessary to bring to justice whosoever has committed such crimes."
— Pope Francis in his annual Christmas speech

The big picture: The Catholic Church's horrific history with child sex abuse has faced unparalleled scrutiny this year after several damaging reports exposed how rampant the problem is across the globe. Meanwhile, the pope has been criticized for not doing enough to confront it. In February, the Church will bring an abuse prevention summit for clergy leaders, indicating Francis "has come to realize that the problem is far greater ... than he had understood at the start of papacy," per the AP.

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The parent company of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool F.C. has ended talks to sell a minority ownership stake to RedBall Acquisition, a SPAC formed by longtime baseball executive Billy Beane and investor Gerry Cardinale, Axios has learned from multiple sources. An alternative investment, structured more like private equity, remains possible.

Why it matters: Red Sox fans won't be able to buy stock in the team any time soon.

Trump political team disavows "Patriot Party" groups

Marine One carries President Trump away from the White House on Inauguration Day. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Donald Trump's still-active presidential campaign committee officially disavowed political groups affiliated with the nascent "Patriot Party" on Monday.

Why it matters: Trump briefly floated the possibility of creating a new political party to compete with the GOP — with him at the helm. But others have formed their own "Patriot Party" entities during the past week, and Trump's team wants to make clear it has nothing to do with them.