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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.


Two years after leaving Spokane, ‘renowned leader’ called to advise pope

The appointment of Blase Cupich to cardinal in the Catholic Chuch follows a career path that rocketed ahead in the past six years – from leading a rural diocese in …


Cataldo Pilgrimage a time to celebrate, share and heal

Hundreds of Catholics gathered Monday under the shade of linden, elm and maple trees next to Idaho’s oldest building for a culturally rich and reverent ceremony honoring the Virgin Mary …


Diocese in Portland, Maine, settles sex abuse suit for $1.2 million

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine, has settled a lawsuit by six men who said church leaders concealed sex abuse allegations against a former priest.


Two bishops hid sex abuse of hundreds of children, grand jury report indicates

Two Roman Catholic bishops who led a central Pennsylvania diocese helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by over 50 priests or religious leaders over a 40-year …


Outside view: Religious employers can favor members, but not discriminate

Massachusetts law protects gays, others while allowing churches to hire within their faith.


Vatican prelate detained for stealing confidential papal papers

A Vatican official who was snubbed for promotion last year has been put in jail for leaking confidential papal papers to journalists, the Holy See said Monday, adding that a …


Former Salvadoran refugee’s father granted martyrdom by Pope Francis

When she was a child in a small El Salvadoran village, Luisa Orellana-Westbrook would imitate her father by preaching the word of Jesus Christ to other children. Today, living in …


Pope Francis picks Daly to lead Spokane Diocese

The auxiliary bishop in San Jose, California, has been named by Pope Francis as the seventh bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane. Thomas Daly, 54, succeeds Chicago Archbishop Blase …


Bishop Cupich’s ex-vicar general critical of Catholic lawsuit against Paine Hamblen

Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich’s former top lieutenant told attorneys that Cupich has attempted a money grab against the law firm that guided the church through bankruptcy proceedings. The allegations leveled …


Blase Cupich named Chicago archbishop

Catholic Bishop of Spokane Blase Cupich will be the next archbishop of Chicago, the Associated Press is reporting. It’s a major step for the 65-year-old Cupich, who came to Spokane …


Vatican: 848 priests defrocked for abuse since 2004

GENEVA – The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned another 2,572 with lesser penalties, providing the …


Pope Francis seeks forgiveness for sex abuse by priests

Pope Francis asked for forgiveness Friday from people who were sexually abused by priests, and vowed that there will be no going back in the church’s fight to protect children.


Church releasing sex abuse files on Chicago clergy

CHICAGO — The Archdiocese of Chicago will on Wednesday hand over thousands of pages documenting clergy sex abuse allegations to victims’ attorneys who have fought for years to hold the …


Rathdrum church mural to be restored

From her Sunday morning seat in the choir loft, Jo Myers watched a cherished mural at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Chapel darken with age. Painted more than a century ago, …


Vatican unveils bone fragments said to be Peter’s

The Vatican publicly unveiled a handful of bone fragments purportedly belonging to St. Peter on Sunday, reviving the scientific debate and tantalizing mystery over whether the relics found in a …


Gonzaga University’s basketball success fuels unprecedented growth

Gonzaga University’s basketball team has netted more than just wins in the past 15 years. The Zags have spawned a transformation of a tiny, struggling college into a national brand …


Pope Francis criticizes Catholic Church emphases on abortion, gays

VATICAN CITY – Signaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by “small-minded rules” about how to be faithful and that pastors …


Abuse victim sues Spokane and Yakima Dioceses

A man filed a lawsuit in Spokane County Superior Court on Tuesday against the Catholic Diocese of Yakima and the Diocese of Spokane. The suit claims child abuse by a …


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 …


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 …


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. …


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 …


Papal selection just one issue cardinals must face

VATICAN CITY – Cardinals from around the world have descended on Rome to discuss some of the major problems facing the Catholic Church ahead of the conclave to elect Benedict …


Spokane Diocese claims lawyers mishandled bankruptcy

The Catholic Diocese of Spokane has accused its own lawyers of mishandling its historic bankruptcy, which exposed decades of clergy sex abuse and cost parishioners and insurers $50 million. A …


Plenty of Spokane’s faithful supporting Referendum 74

As the campaign for Referendum 74 rolls along, you might fall under the impression that people of faith – all of them – are opposed to gay marriage. That this …


Vatican says US nuns must promote church teachings

The Vatican insisted after a high level meeting today that American nuns must faithfully promote age-old church teachings, after the women were accused by Rome of flouting core doctrine and …


New sex abuse claims made against priests, nuns

A second child sex abuse lawsuit has been filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena in as many weeks.


Marriage forbidden, couple started over

Sometimes falling in love has painful consequences. For Jim and Andy CastroLang it meant giving up another lifelong love. The couple met in August 1981 at Blessed John XXIII University …