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Sex abuse scandal: Pope seeks prayers to fight ‘devil’

Pope Francis asked Saturday for daily prayers to protect the Catholic Church from what he says are “attacks by the devil,” in his latest response to the clerical sex abuse …


Catholic faithful demand change after sex abuse scandals

The day after a grand jury report revealed that Roman Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children over decades, Adrienne Alexander went to Mass at a Chicago church …


Love in the air: Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile

It was all in a day’s work for the ever-unpredictable Pope Francis: First he celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight attendants at 36,000 feet during a flight …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 10:58 p.m.

Pope says Chile’s sex abuse victims slandering bishop

Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that …


Christine M. Flowers: Trump’s tweets were un-Christian

The president of a country that has millions of Muslims who serve honorably in our armed services, who obey our laws and who honor our flag should not be tweeting …


No sister act: Nuns’ album tops charts in time for Christmas

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist’s third album, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring: Christmas with the Dominican Sisters of Mary,” has muscled its way to the top of …


Pope: Catholic guide needs updating on death penalty issue

Pope Francis marked the 25th anniversary of a landmark compilation of Catholic teaching by saying Wednesday it should be changed to address an issue close to his heart: the death …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 3:41 p.m.

Poles pray for peace at border; some see anti-Muslim agenda

Polish Catholics held rosaries and prayed together Saturday along the country’s 2,000-mile border, appealing to the Virgin Mary and God for salvation for Poland and the world in a national …


Pope’s trip to Colombia unlikely to stem flight from pews

Many within the Catholic Church are hoping that Pope Francis will help draw disillusioned parishioners back to the pews when he visits the South American nation this week.


Compassionate acts restore faith in humanity

If the measure of a society is how it treats the least among us, there are some hopeful signs close to home.


UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

Thousands gather for Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Fatima of Apparitions – an event in which the Virgin Mary was reported to have been seen by three shepherd children in …


Froma Harrop: Trump’s faith another con job

Others may explain why people purporting to be socially conservative would back a mocker of morality while portraying Hillary Clinton, a devoted Methodist, as some kind of monster.


Pope drops tribunal for prosecution of sex abuse; clarifies legal procedures for bishops instead

Pope Francis on Saturday scrapped his proposed tribunal to prosecute bishops who covered up for pedophile priests after it ran into opposition and instead clarified legal procedures to remove them …


Pope Francis eases way for divorced Catholics while reiterating limits on gay unions

Defining his mission to create a more merciful church, Pope Francis published a much-anticipated exhortation on love and marriage Friday, easing the way for divorced and remarried Catholics to rejoin …


Gary Crooks: Look inward, Islam critics

If one could pigeon-hole a religion by merely reading its holy works, why are there so many denominations that spring from the Bible?


Pope washes feet of Muslim migrants, says ‘We are brothers’

Several migrants wept as Pope Francis knelt before them during a Holy Thursday Mass with asylum-seekers at a refugee shelter in Castelnuovo di Porto, outside Rome.


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 …


Citing ‘radical feminist themes,’ Vatican takes on nuns

The Vatican orthodoxy watchdog announced Wednesday a full-scale overhaul of the largest umbrella group for nuns in the United States, accusing the group of taking positions that undermine Roman Catholic …