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Pope to meet US bishops

With the Catholic Church in crisis once again over clerical sex abuse and cover-up, Pope Francis will meet Thursday with U.S. cardinals and bishops who are demanding to know how one of their own was able to climb the clerical ranks despite allegations that he slept with seminarians.

The U.S. delegation will be headed by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and include Francis’ top sex abuse adviser, Cardinal Sean O’Malley.


Forest fire death roll rises

ATHENS — Greek authorities say the death toll from this summer’s devastating forest fire near Athens has risen to 99, after a woman injured in the blaze died in hospital.

The fire service said Tuesday that 16 people have succumbed to their burns while hospitalized since the July 23 fire. Another 83 people were killed in the blaze or drowned in the sea trying to escape.