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Pope in Morocco: Walls, fear-mongering won’t stop migration

Pope Francis praised Morocco as a model of religious moderation as he opened a quick trip to the North African kingdom with a warning that walls and fear-mongering won’t stop …


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 11:06 p.m.

Leaders of Catholic, Mormon churches meet in Rome

The head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with a pope for the first time on Saturday, an event that reportedly followed decades of behind-the-scenes relationship …


Pope vows to end abuse cover-ups but victims disappointed

Pope Francis closed out his summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing to confront abusers with “the wrath of God” felt by the faithful, end the cover-ups by their …


Women take Catholic bishops to task at Vatican abuse summit

A prominent Nigerian nun blasted the culture of silence that has long kept clergy sexual abuse hidden in the Catholic Church, telling Catholic leaders Saturday that they must admit their …


Vatican sex abuse summit seeks new culture of accountability

Cardinals attending Pope Francis’ summit on preventing clergy sex abuse have called for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors who fail …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019, 8:18 p.m.

Vatican defrocks former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

The Vatican says Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 4:23 p.m.

Vatican tries to rein in expectations for sexual abuse summit

Pope Francis is preparing to convene an unprecedented summit on sex abuse this month, widely viewed as among the most pivotal moments of his papacy, but the Vatican is cautioning …


US nuns urge changes to church structure to address abuse

The largest association of religious sisters in the United States called Thursday for an overhaul of the male-led leadership structure of the Catholic Church, after Pope Francis publicly acknowledged the …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 4:01 p.m.

Pope acknowledges priests, bishops have sexually abused nuns

Pope Francis has for the first time publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and says he is committed to doing more to fight the problem.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 4:25 p.m.

Pope in historic UAE visit urges faith leaders to reject war

Pope Francis urged religious leaders Monday to work together to reject the “miserable crudeness” of war as he opened the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of …


Pope in UAE for historic trip after call for Yemen relief

Pope Francis has landed in Abu Dhabi on the first papal trip ever to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam.


Vatican: Argentine bishop at Holy See under investigation

The Vatican has confirmed that an Argentine bishop, who resigned suddenly in 2017 for stated health reasons and then landed a top administrative job at the Holy See, is under …


Pope’s initial blind spot on sex abuse threatens legacy

It has been a wretched year for Pope Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy and throw the Catholic …


Current, former Spokane bishops respond to Vatican’s order on sexual abuse crisis

An order from the Vatican on Monday widened a rift in the Roman Catholic Church over how to handle the ongoing sexual abuse crisis in the United States. That rift …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, 7:15 p.m.

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops accused of sex abuse

Pope Francis on Saturday defrocked two more Chilean bishops accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how he’s responding to the church’s global sex abuse crisis, …


Pope accepts Washington cardinal’s resignation amid scandal

Pope Francis accepted the resignation Friday of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in …


Pope Francis OKs study of Vatican archives into ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexual misconduct scandal

Pope Francis has authorized a “thorough study” of Vatican archives into how a prominent American cardinal advanced through church ranks despite allegations that he slept with seminarians and young priests, …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 3:37 p.m.

Poll: U.S. Catholics fault pope’s handling of sex abuse crisis

As sex abuse scandals continue to buffet the Roman Catholic Church, Catholics in the U.S. are steadily losing confidence in Pope Francis’ handling of the crisis, according to a new …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, 12:15 p.m.

Pope defrocks Chilean priest at center of abuse scandal

Pope Francis has defrocked a Chilean priest who was a central character in the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his “supreme” authority to stiffen an earlier sentence …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

Pope Francis pays tribute in Sicily to priest slain 25 years ago by Mafia

Pope Francis appealed to Mafiosi to renounce their quests for power and money as he visited Sicily on Saturday to honor a priest slain by mob henchmen for trying to …


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 …


Pope Francis tells bishops to fight abuse, culture behind it

Pope Francis told newly ordained bishops Saturday that they must reject all forms of abuse and work in communion to fight the clerical culture that has fueled the sex abuse …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 2:58 p.m.

Letter confirms Vatican received McCarrick complaint in 2000

A 2006 letter from a top Vatican official confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of now-resigned cardinal in the United States, lending credibility …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Pope Benedict, in retired seclusion, looms in the opposition to Pope Francis

Ever since Pope Benedict XVI became the first pontiff in six centuries to abdicate the papacy, transitioning to a life of near seclusion in a Vatican City monastery, there have …


Pope decries ‘emergency’ of plastics blighting world’s seas

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Saturday called for concrete action to combat the “emergency” of plastics littering seas and oceans, lamenting the lack of effective regulation to protect the …


Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, seeking to respond to new revelations …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 11, 2018, 12:21 p.m.

Pope to youth: Dream, don’t let fear make you pessimistic

Tens of thousands of young people filled Rome’s ancient Circus Maximus on Saturday evening to hear Pope Francis advise them to ignore adults who warn against certain professions, saying they …


Pope seeks to abolish death penalty, changes church teaching

Pope Francis has decreed that the death penalty is “inadmissible” under all circumstances and that the Catholic Church must work to abolish it, changing official church teaching to reflect his …


UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018, 5:03 p.m.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick after sex abuse claims

In a move described as unprecedented, Pope Francis has effectively stripped U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick of his cardinal’s title and rank following allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an …


Pope denounces ‘murderous indifference’ by powers in Mideast

Pope Francis on Saturday denounced the “murderous indifference” that has allowed violence to consume the Middle East and drive tens of thousands of Christians from their homes, calling out global …