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  • 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, …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • Papal selection just one issue cardinals must face

    VATICAN CITY – Cardinals from around the world have descended on Rome to discuss some of the major problems facing the Catholic Church ahead of the conclave to elect Benedict …


  • Spokane Diocese claims lawyers mishandled bankruptcy

    The Catholic Diocese of Spokane has accused its own lawyers of mishandling its historic bankruptcy, which exposed decades of clergy sex abuse and cost parishioners and insurers $50 million. A …


  • Plenty of Spokane’s faithful supporting Referendum 74

    As the campaign for Referendum 74 rolls along, you might fall under the impression that people of faith – all of them – are opposed to gay marriage. That this …


  • Vatican says US nuns must promote church teachings

    The Vatican insisted after a high level meeting today that American nuns must faithfully promote age-old church teachings, after the women were accused by Rome of flouting core doctrine and …


  • New sex abuse claims made against priests, nuns

    A second child sex abuse lawsuit has been filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena in as many weeks.


  • Marriage forbidden, couple started over

    Sometimes falling in love has painful consequences. For Jim and Andy CastroLang it meant giving up another lifelong love. The couple met in August 1981 at Blessed John XXIII University …


  • Spokane bishop says church’s abuse-prevention policy is sound

    The Spokane bishop who heads the child protection committee for U.S. Roman Catholic bishops insisted today that no significant changes were needed in the church’s abuse prevention policy despite recent …


  • Catholic religious order files for bankruptcy

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Christian Brothers, a Catholic religious order that runs schools in Seattle and across the country, has filed for bankruptcy. It is the second Catholic order in …


  • Former Post Falls priest stripped of duties

    A Roman Catholic priest from Idaho who was accused of sexually abusing a minor in the 1980s has been sanctioned and can no longer serve as a priest .


  • Conniving alleged at Mount St. Michael convent

    Accusations of stolen cash and silver, forged business records and slander have been hurled between two groups of nuns. The episode has resulted in a police investigation at the request …


  • Illinois bishop to be Seattle’s archbishop

    The Vatican today named a new archbishop to lead Western Washington Catholics, Bishop J. Peter Sartain of Joliet, Ill.


  • Post Falls priest placed on leave

    The Catholic Church has placed a Post Falls priest on administrative leave after an allegation of sexual misconduct with a man younger than 18 dating back to 1981 in Idaho …


  • Suit claims Vatican knew of abuse in ’95

    MILWAUKEE – A neatly typed letter dated March 5, 1995, is addressed to the No. 2 man at the Vatican and recounts the story of a priest who preyed on …


  • Tearful pope promises action

    VALLETTA, Malta – With tears in his eyes, Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday made his most personal gesture yet to respond to the clerical sex abuse scandal, telling victims the …


  • Vatican tells bishops to follow law on abuse

    VATICAN CITY – The Vatican on Monday responded to allegations it long concealed clerical sex abuse by making it clear for the first time that bishops and clerics worldwide should …


  • Vatican to bishops: follow law, report sex abuse

    The Vatican on Monday made clear for the first time that bishops and other church officials should report clerical sex abuse to police if required by law. But the policy …


  • Lawyers divided on pope’s immunity

    LONDON – Protests are growing against Pope Benedict XVI’s planned trip to Britain, where some lawyers question whether the Vatican’s implicit statehood status should shield the pope from prosecution over …


  • Sermons decry abuse journalism

    VATICAN CITY – Cardinals across Europe used their Holy Thursday sermons to defend Pope Benedict XVI from accusations he played a role in covering up sex abuse scandals, and an …


  • Vatican preparing defense against being sued in U.S.

    VATICAN CITY – Dragged deeper and deeper into the clerical sex abuse scandal, the Vatican is launching a legal defense that it hopes will shield the pope from a lawsuit …


  • Dublin bishops hid priests’ child abuse

    DUBLIN, Ireland – Roman Catholic Church leaders in Dublin spent decades sheltering child-abusing priests from the law and most fellow clerics turned a blind eye, an investigation ordered by Ireland’s …


  • Alaska diocese agrees to $10M abuse settlement

    The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks and representatives of almost 300 alleged victims of clergy abuse have agreed on a settlement of almost $10 million.