Sister Catherine Mulkerrin, 73, who pressed Roman Catholic Church leaders in Boston to warn parishioners about priests who had been accused of sexually abusing children, has died.

Sister Catherine died Saturday at Bethany Health Care Center in Framingham after a 24-year battle with cancer, said Sister Joanne Gallagher, spokeswoman for her religious order, the Sisters of St. Joseph in Boston.

As assistant director of the Boston Archdiocesan Office for Victims of Abuse from 1992 to 1994, Sister Catherine received allegations of clergy abuse and dealt directly with victims.

She once said she heard allegations against more than 100 priests during that period.

Many of her memos to supervisors were later released as part of lawsuits filed against the archdiocese by alleged victims. - AP