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UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 8:39 p.m.

More allegations of child sexual abuse by priests raise new questions about Pope Francis’ handling of issue

A top Vatican official denied allegations of sexual offenses on Thursday after being charged by Australian police, saying he would take a leave of absence as one of Pope Francis’ …


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 8:46 p.m.

Australian police charge Vatican cardinal with sex offenses

Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See.


UPDATED: Sat., June 17, 2017, 8:11 p.m.

Excommunicating mobsters? Vatican eyes new legal doctrine

Pope Francis has long railed against corruption and the mafia, but now the Vatican is considering developing a whole doctrine around excommunicating corrupt and mafia-tinged Catholics.


Parker: Godspeed, Mr. President, on your world tour

Out of respect for the purposes of Trump’s trip, we should only wish the president godspeed and, if you believe in a higher power, lend him your prayers.


Pope embraces those with Huntington’s disease in effort to end stigma

Pope Francis embraced weeping mothers, fathers and children with Huntington’s Disease on Thursday as he sought to remove the stigma of an incurable genetic disorder that causes such devastating physical …


Trump taps Callista Gingrich to be ambassador to the Vatican

The Trump administration has tapped the wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, days before President Donald Trump embarks on his …


Vatican celebrates big bang to dispel faith-science conflict

The Vatican is celebrating the big-bang theory. That’s not as out of this world as it sounds.


Trump to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia, Vatican, meet with pope

President Donald Trump said Thursday his first foreign trip as president will feature stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, where he will meet with Pope Francis, an ambitious …


Pope warns powerful to act humbly or risk ruin in TED talk

Pope Francis is warning the powerful to act humbly or risk ruin, in a TED talk in which he urges the world to show more solidarity with the poor and …


UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017, 5:26 p.m.

Pope decries ‘vile’ attack on Syrians in Easter address

On Christianity’s most joyful day, Pope Francis lamented the horrors generated by war and hatred, delivering an Easter Sunday message that also decried the “latest vile” attack on civilians in …


Pope visits Italian region rebuilt after deadly 2012 quakes

Greeted by tens of thousands of faithful, Pope Francis on Sunday visited a region of Italy that has largely been rebuilt after a pair of deadly earthquakes five years ago, …


UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Pope’s sex abuse board vows to go on without survivor member

Members of Pope Francis’ sex abuse advisory board vowed Sunday to press ahead with their work even without abuse survivors on the panel following the resignation of a respected child …


Abuse survivor quits pope’s panel, cites stonewall by Vatican

Frustrated by what she described as Vatican stonewalling, an Irish woman who was sexually abused by clergy quit her post Wednesday on a panel advising Pope Francis about how to …


Francis becomes 1st pope to visit an Anglican church in Rome

Pope Francis on Sunday became the first Catholic pontiff to visit an Anglican parish in Rome, using the historic occasion to press for greater closeness after centuries of mistrust, prejudices …


Pope quietly trims sanctions for sex abusers seeking mercy

Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse …


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 …


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.


Pope and Palestinian leader meet, inaugurate embassy

The Vatican stressed the sacred nature of Jerusalem on Saturday as the Palestinian leader warned that prospects for peace could suffer if the incoming Trump administration goes ahead with plans …


McDonald’s heads to the Vatican

The historic arches of St. Peter’s Basilica have a new neighbor: McDonald’s golden arches.


Pope urges the faithful to help youth find purpose

Pope Francis strolled through St. Peter’s Square Saturday evening during the last frigid hours of 2016, exchanging New Year’s Eve greetings with the faithful.


Pope wishes peace for those scarred by war, terror

Decrying the suffering in Syria, Pope Francis on Sunday wished Christmas peace and hope for all those scarred by war and terrorism, which he said is sowing “fear and death …


In Christmas message, pope laments children in war, poverty

Pope Francis urged Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus by thinking about the plight of today’s children, bemoaning how some must escape bombs or flee in migrant boats and …


Pope extends permission on abortion forgiveness

Pope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve the faithful of the “grave sin” of abortion, extending indefinitely the special permission he had granted for the duration of the just-ended …


Vatican’s order against scattering ashes unlikely to change views on cremation in Spokane

Last Tuesday, Catholics around the world received sobering news from the Vatican: No more storing cremated ashes at home, splitting them up amongst family members or scattering them in the …


Pope outlines vision for promoting life, family issues

Pope Francis on Wednesday outlined his vision for how the Vatican will promote family and life issues, naming an American moderate to head the new Vatican office for families and …


Vatican shelves PwC external auditor, keeps as consultant

The Vatican has shelved plans to bring in an external auditor for its consolidated financial statements but has kept PricewaterhouseCoopers on for consulting services.


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 …


Vatican tamps down expectations over women deacons

The Vatican is tamping down any expectations that Pope Francis is about to let women serve as deacons in the Catholic Church.


At the Vatican, Biden calls for global commitment to cancer

Saying cancer is a scourge with no boundaries, Vice President Joe Biden came to the Vatican on Friday to call for a global commitment to fund cancer research that benefits …


After bleak week, Pope Francis offers Easter message

Pope Francis concluded a bleak week in Europe with a message of hope during an Easter Vigil service Saturday, saying darkness and fear must not prevail and “imprison” the world …