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Pope summons bishops for February abuse prevention summit

Pope Francis is summoning the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children – evidence that he …


Vatican promises ‘clarifications’ to pope cover-up claims

The Vatican is preparing the “necessary clarifications” about accusations that top Vatican officials including Pope Francis covered up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American ex-cardinal, Francis’ top advisers said …


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: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 1:05 p.m.

Pope in Ireland decries abuse cover-up, meets with victims

Pope Francis faced a lukewarm reception and scattered protests Saturday on his trip to Ireland, with even his vow to rid the church of the “scourge” of sexual abuse and …


Priest urges Vatican family conference to welcome LGBT Catholics

One of the Catholic Church’s leading advocates for the LGBT community told a Vatican-sponsored conference Thursday that LGBT Catholics deserve to be loved, listened to and welcomed by the church …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 2:09 p.m.

Vatican condemns reported sex abuse by Pennsylvania priests

The Vatican expressed “shame and sorrow” on Thursday about a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses and decried the abuse as …


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 12:14 p.m.

Cardinal Tauran, who announced pope’s election, dies at 75

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the Vatican diplomat and expert in interfaith relations who announced the election of Pope Francis to the world in 2013 with the famous phrase “habemus papam (we …


Pope warns climate change turning Earth into desert, garbage

Pope Francis urged governments on Friday to make good on their commitments to curb global warming, warning that climate change, continued unsustainable development and rampant consumption threatens to turn the …


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

Vatican convicts ex-diplomat of child porn distribution

The Vatican tribunal on Saturday convicted a former Holy See diplomat and sentenced him to five years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography in the first such trial …


UPDATED: Sun., May 20, 2018, 8:55 a.m.

Pope Francis to create 14 new cardinals in June

Pope Francis on Sunday revealed his latest picks to be cardinals in the Catholic Church, including his chief aide for helping the poor in Rome and prelates based in Iraq …


Vatican arrests diplomat accused of viewing child porn

The Vatican on Saturday arrested a diplomat recalled from Washington last year amid investigations in the United States, Canada and the Vatican for possession of child pornography.


Young people give Pope Francis a piece of their minds

Young Catholics told the Vatican on Saturday they want a more transparent and authentic church, where women play a greater leadership role and where obeying “unreachable” moral standards isn’t the …


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 3:37 p.m.

Vatican bows to pressure, releases retired pope’s letter

Stung by accusations of spreading “fake news,” the Vatican on Saturday released the complete letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis after coming under blistering criticism for selectively …


Vatican convicts ex-Guam archbishop accused of abuse

The Vatican on Friday removed the suspended Guam archbishop from office and ordered him not to return to the Pacific island after convicting him of some charges in a sex …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 2:04 p.m.

Vatican sex abuse investigator hospitalized in Chile

The special envoy sent by Pope Francis to investigate allegations that a bishop had covered up sex abuse was undergoing gallbladder surgery Wednesday in Chile, church officials said.


Vatican nixes former Irish president from Women’s Day event

A group that advocates for greater leadership roles for women in the Catholic Church says the Vatican has refused to let former Irish President Mary McAleese to participate in an …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 24, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

Pope on Christmas: Bethlehem trek’s like today’s migrations

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis in Christmas Eve remarks Sunday likened the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to the migrations of millions of people today who are forced …


Pope to administer final rites at Cardinal Law funeral

Pope Francis prayed Thursday for a merciful final judgment for Cardinal Bernard Law, symbol of the Catholic Church’s failure to protect children from pedophile priests and its arrogance in safeguarding …


Pope to feed hundreds of poor at special Sunday lunch, Mass

Pope Francis will be offering several hundred poor people – homeless, migrants, unemployed – a lunch of gnocchi, veal and tiramisu when he celebrates his first World Day of the …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 8:29 p.m.

Pope reaffirms conscience as heresy debate divides church

Pope Francis has reaffirmed the “primary” role of using one’s conscience to navigate tough moral questions in his first comments since he was accused of spreading heresy by emphasizing conscience …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 11:07 a.m.

Holy Smoke! Vatican to stop selling cigarettes in its shops

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is saying “Just Say No” to cigarettes. The Vatican announced Thursday that it would no longer sell cigarettes to employees in its duty free shop …


Pope calls space, takes small step for Vatican-Russian ties

Pope Francis took a small step toward improved Vatican-Russian relations Thursday when he chatted with Russian cosmonauts and praised their understanding of love during a call with the International Space …


Indonesia bishop resigns in finance, mistress scandal

A Roman Catholic bishop in Indonesia has resigned following reports that he had a mistress and siphoned off more than $100,000 in church funds.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 1:13 p.m.

Vatican goes to court in Malta to recoup investment losses

The scandal-marred Vatican bank has gone to court in Malta to try to recover millions of dollars it lost in an investment fund.


Pope denounces technologies that help people change gender

Pope Francis denounced Thursday how new technologies are making it easier for people to change their genders, saying this “utopia of the neutral” jeopardizes the creation of new life.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 4:50 p.m.

Vatican newspaper chimes in – finally – on ‘The Young Pope’

The Vatican newspaper has broken a yearlong silence and weighed in on director Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Young Pope,” giving the television series generally positive reviews despite what it called the …


Vatican diplomat is now wanted in Canada for posting child porn at Christmastime

Carlo Capella, a Vatican diplomat who was recalled from the Embassy in Washington, D.C., to the Holy See because of a child pornography investigation, is now wanted in Canada on …