Stories tagged: Catholic Church
Sat., June 17, 2017, 12:42 p.m.
Merkel: Pope wants her to fight to save Paris climate deal
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Pope Francis encouraged her to work to preserve the historic Paris climate accord despite the U.S. withdrawal from it and shared her goal to “bring …
UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 10:11 p.m.
Pope names cardinals for Laos, Mali, Sweden, Spain, Salvador
In a surprise announcement Sunday, Pope Francis named new cardinals for Spain, El Salvador and three countries where Catholics are a tiny minority: Mali, Laos and Sweden.
Thu., May 18, 2017, 2:51 p.m.
El Salvador judge reopens case of archbishop’s 1980 murder
A Salvadoran judge on Thursday ordered a reopening of the case of the 1980 murder of Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero.
UPDATED: Sat., May 13, 2017, 9:59 p.m.
Pope makes 2 Fatima children saints on centenary of visions
Pope Francis added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints Saturday, honoring young siblings whose reported visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the Portuguese …
Sun., May 7, 2017
Mary Sanchez: Girl Scouts unfairly trapped by politics
Nowhere does the organization Girl Scouts of the USA take a position on abortion or birth control, nor does it endorse political candidates.
Sat., Feb. 11, 2017, 5 p.m.
SNAP, watchdog group that fought Catholic Church, faces upheaval
A victims’ support group that helped force the Roman Catholic Church to confront the problem of child-molesting priests is going through upheaval of its own, including the resignations of two …
Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 8:01 p.m.
Sparks fly as Vatican conference challenges China on organs
Participants at a Vatican conference on organ trafficking challenged China on Tuesday to allow independent scrutiny to ensure it is no longer using organs from executed prisoners, saying Chinese assurances …
Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 2:43 p.m.
Protagonist in Vatican leaks scandal leaks more in new book
“In the Name of Peter” hits Italian bookstores Tuesday, seven months after author Francesca Chaouqui received a 10-month suspended sentence for conspiring to pass confidential documents onto two journalists.
Sun., Oct. 9, 2016, 8:40 p.m.
Two years after leaving Spokane, ‘renowned leader’ called to advise pope
The appointment of Blase Cupich to cardinal in the Catholic Chuch follows a career path that rocketed ahead in the past six years – from leading a rural diocese in …
Mon., Aug. 15, 2016, 5:39 p.m.
Cataldo Pilgrimage a time to celebrate, share and heal
Hundreds of Catholics gathered Monday under the shade of linden, elm and maple trees next to Idaho’s oldest building for a culturally rich and reverent ceremony honoring the Virgin Mary …
Mon., Aug. 15, 2016, 11:43 a.m.
Diocese in Portland, Maine, settles sex abuse suit for $1.2 million
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine, has settled a lawsuit by six men who said church leaders concealed sex abuse allegations against a former priest.
Tue., March 1, 2016, 7:57 a.m.
Two bishops hid sex abuse of hundreds of children, grand jury report indicates
Two Roman Catholic bishops who led a central Pennsylvania diocese helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by over 50 priests or religious leaders over a 40-year …
Fri., Jan. 1, 2016
Outside view: Religious employers can favor members, but not discriminate
Massachusetts law protects gays, others while allowing churches to hire within their faith.
Mon., Nov. 2, 2015, 8:26 a.m.
Vatican prelate detained for stealing confidential papal papers
A Vatican official who was snubbed for promotion last year has been put in jail for leaking confidential papal papers to journalists, the Holy See said Monday, adding that a …
Fri., July 24, 2015
Former Salvadoran refugee’s father granted martyrdom by Pope Francis
When she was a child in a small El Salvadoran village, Luisa Orellana-Westbrook would imitate her father by preaching the word of Jesus Christ to other children. Today, living in …
Fri., March 13, 2015
Pope Francis picks Daly to lead Spokane Diocese
The auxiliary bishop in San Jose, California, has been named by Pope Francis as the seventh bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane. Thomas Daly, 54, succeeds Chicago Archbishop Blase …
Wed., Nov. 12, 2014
Bishop Cupich’s ex-vicar general critical of Catholic lawsuit against Paine Hamblen
Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich’s former top lieutenant told attorneys that Cupich has attempted a money grab against the law firm that guided the church through bankruptcy proceedings. The allegations leveled …
Sat., Sept. 20, 2014
Blase Cupich named Chicago archbishop
Catholic Bishop of Spokane Blase Cupich will be the next archbishop of Chicago, the Associated Press is reporting. It’s a major step for the 65-year-old Cupich, who came to Spokane …
Wed., May 7, 2014
Vatican: 848 priests defrocked for abuse since 2004
GENEVA – The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned another 2,572 with lesser penalties, providing the …
Fri., April 11, 2014, 7:38 a.m.
Pope Francis seeks forgiveness for sex abuse by priests
Pope Francis asked for forgiveness Friday from people who were sexually abused by priests, and vowed that there will be no going back in the church’s fight to protect children.
Wed., Jan. 15, 2014, 8:29 a.m.
Church releasing sex abuse files on Chicago clergy
CHICAGO — The Archdiocese of Chicago will on Wednesday hand over thousands of pages documenting clergy sex abuse allegations to victims’ attorneys who have fought for years to hold the …
Wed., Jan. 15, 2014
Rathdrum church mural to be restored
From her Sunday morning seat in the choir loft, Jo Myers watched a cherished mural at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Chapel darken with age. Painted more than a century ago, …
Sun., Nov. 24, 2013, 6:02 a.m.
Vatican unveils bone fragments said to be Peter’s
The Vatican publicly unveiled a handful of bone fragments purportedly belonging to St. Peter on Sunday, reviving the scientific debate and tantalizing mystery over whether the relics found in a …
Sun., Nov. 24, 2013
Gonzaga University’s basketball success fuels unprecedented growth
Gonzaga University’s basketball team has netted more than just wins in the past 15 years. The Zags have spawned a transformation of a tiny, struggling college into a national brand …
Fri., Sept. 20, 2013
Pope Francis criticizes Catholic Church emphases on abortion, gays
VATICAN CITY – Signaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by “small-minded rules” about how to be faithful and that pastors …
Tue., July 2, 2013, 4:44 p.m.
Abuse victim sues Spokane and Yakima Dioceses
A man filed a lawsuit in Spokane County Superior Court on Tuesday against the Catholic Diocese of Yakima and the Diocese of Spokane. The suit claims child abuse by a …
Sun., March 24, 2013
Pope Francis visits predecessor Benedict XVI
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy – The two men in white embraced and showed one another the deference owed a pope in ways that surely turned Vatican protocol upside down: A reigning …
Thu., March 14, 2013
Pope pick thrills Argentine faithful
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentines reacted with joyous surprise to the news that former Jesuit priest, local archbishop and, most recently, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named to lead the …
Thu., March 14, 2013
New World pontiff
VATICAN CITY – Argentina’s Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the first pope from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium in an election that recognized …
Thu., March 14, 2013
New pope inspires local Catholics
A Jesuit pope gives Inland Northwest Catholics a reason to celebrate, especially with the region’s connection to the Society of Jesus through Gonzaga University. The conclave’s results surprised the Rev. …