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Powerful Vatican Cardinal Becciu resigns amid scandal

The powerful head of the Vatican's saint-making office, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, resigned Thursday from the post and renounced his rights as a cardinal amid a financial scandal that has reportedly implicated him indirectly.

Vatican says bishops should report sex abuse to police

The Vatican told bishops around the world on Thursday they should report cases of clergy sex crimes to police even when not legally bound to do so, in its latest effort to compel church leaders to protect minors from predator priests.

Doctors, nurses in Good Friday procession at Vatican

Pope Francis has presided over a torch-lit Good Friday procession, including nurses and doctors, in a hauntingly nearly empty St. Peter’s Square after the COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellation of the Way of the Cross ceremony at Rome’s Colosseum

Pope observes usual Ash Wednesday customs in time of virus

Pope Francis celebrated the Ash Wednesday ritual that marks the opening of the Catholic Church’s Lenten season in traditional fashion while greeting the public in Rome as other Masses were canceled in northern Italy over fears of the coronavirus outbreak.

Pope avoids question of married priests in Amazon document

Pope Francis refused Wednesday to approve the ordination of married men or women as deacons to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has divided the Catholic Church and emboldened his conservative critics.

Pope Francis equates violence against women to profaning God

Pope Francis is pinning much of his hopes for a more peaceful world in the new year on women, saying violence against them is akin to profaning God and calling for them to be increasingly involved in making major decisions.