- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Roman Catholic diocese is planning to hold several prayer services for sexual abuse victims more than two months after a Pennsylvania grand jury found two former bishops helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by dozens of clergy over four decades.

Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown held a prayer service Monday evening at St. Andrew Parish in Johnstown.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1OuKvMN ) another service will be held Tuesday evening at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona. A third is planned for Thursday evening at Our Lady of Victory Parish in State College.

The Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr. was sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison after being convicted last year of molesting two street children during missionary trips to Honduras.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, https://www.post-gazette.com


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