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Disgraced former cardinal McCarrick gave more than $600,000 in church funds to powerful clerics, records show

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in church money to powerful Catholic clerics over nearly two decades, according to financial records obtained by the Washington Post, …


100 years ago in Spokane: Anti-Catholic group blamed for departure of school principal

Bertha Storey of the Horace Mann School had insisted the school board uphold the dismissal of a janitor who’d been disseminating an anti-Catholic newspaper within the school to students and …


Sunday Mass canceled across Sri Lanka a week after bombings

Catholic leaders canceled Sunday Masses indefinitely across Sri Lanka and officials urged Muslims to stay home for Friday prayers in an extraordinary call by the clergy to curtail worship as …


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019

Embers like stars: Gonzaga student describes scene at Notre Dame

Shocked silence. That is how Winston Holyfield, a Gonzaga University student, described the scene at the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the most iconic structures in Paris. Holyfield …


Pope seeks to end stigma of AIDS with visit to church home

Pope Francis is wrapping up his first trip to Central America with a final World Youth Day Mass and a visit to a church-run home for people living with AIDS.


U.S. Catholic bishops to pray over clergy sexual abuse scandal

U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops are gathering Wednesday for a weeklong retreat near Chicago on the church sexual abuse scandal that organizers say will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 25, 2018

Cardinal Wuerl, despite stepping down due to abuse scandal, presides over grand Basilica Christmas Mass

Two months ago, Cardinal Donald Wuerl stepped down early from his position as archbishop of Washington, faced with a Pennsylvania grand jury investigation that condemned him for his mixed record …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018

Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh responds to report on Jesuits sending abusive priests to live on campus

Gonzaga University’s president responded late Monday to an investigative report detailing how Jesuit priests accused of sexually abusing children were sent to live in a retirement home on the school’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018

Jesuits sent abusive priests to retire on Gonzaga’s campus

The last chapter in the Rev. James Poole’s story reveals a twist in the Catholic abuse scandal: Poole was sent to live out his retirement years on Gonzaga University’s campus …


Bishops angered by scandal involving ex-Cardinal McCarrick

At a national assembly focused on the sex-abuse crisis, numerous U.S. Roman Catholic bishops called Wednesday for a formal repudiation of Theodore McCarrick, the ex-cardinal facing allegations of sexual misconduct …


Australian delegation travels to Rome amid sex abuse scandal

Leaders of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have traveled to Rome to discuss “the restoration of trust” amid a sex abuse scandal involving Australian cardinal George Pell, a top adviser …


Seattle Archdiocese pays $1.3M to settle sex abuse case

The Seattle Archdiocese has paid $1.3 million to settle a sex-abuse lawsuit involving a former member of a religious order who taught in its schools.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017

Pope admits church realized sex abuse problem ‘a bit late’

Pope Francis on Thursday acknowledged the Catholic Church was “a bit late” in realizing the damage done by priests who rape and molest children, and said that the decades-long practice …


Vatican declares Mother Teresa a patron saint of Calcutta

The Vatican on Wednesday declared Mother Teresa a patron saint of the Archdiocese of Calcutta at a Mass in the city where she dedicated her life to the poorest of …


Top Vatican official to face Australian court on sex charges

The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis is expected to make his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday, as he vows to …


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017

Working across faiths, three churches shift 200 beds for homeless families

Members of three churches did some heavy lifting Thursday evening, moving 200 bed frames and mattresses into a new 50-unit apartment building for homeless families in Spokane Valley.


UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017

Hundreds of boys abused at German choir school, report says

At least 547 members of a prestigious Catholic boys’ choir in Germany were physically or sexually abused between 1945 and 1992, according to a report released Tuesday.


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017

Confidant of Pope Francis condemns U.S. religious right

A close confidant of Pope Francis, writing Thursday in a Vatican-approved magazine, condemned the way some American evangelicals and their Roman Catholic supporters mix religion and politics, saying their worldview …


Pope Francis adds new pathway to sainthood

Pope Francis has added a fourth pathway to possible sainthood – people who lived a good Catholic life and who freely accepted a certain and premature death for the good …


UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017

Pope removes German cardinal as sex abuse crisis catches up

Pope Francis sacked the head of the Vatican office that handles sex abuse cases Saturday, just days after he released another top Vatican cardinal to return home to stand trial …


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017

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’ …


Pope gives prestigious red hats to 5 new cardinals

Pope Francis gave the Catholic church five new cardinals Wednesday, somberly instructing them to act as servants and not “princes” in a world where innocents are dying from wars and …


Illinois Catholic bishop decrees no Holy Communion, funerals for same-sex couples

The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, is calling on priests there to deny Holy Communion and even funeral rites to people in same-sex unions unless they show …


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 …


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.


UPDATED: Sat., April 29, 2017

Pope’s timely Egypt visit comforts grief-stricken Christians

Pope Francis wrapped up a brief but deeply symbolic visit to Egypt on Saturday with an open-air Mass for the country’s tiny Catholic community, defying security concerns to show his …


Pope heads to Egypt with peace and mercy message for Muslims and Christians

In a video posted online this week by the Vatican, Pope Francis sounds excited about his two-day trip to Egypt starting Friday, despite recent terrorist attacks.


Pope attends Good Friday service recalling Jesus’ suffering

Pope Francis prostrated himself in prayer during a solemn Good Friday service in St. Peter’s Basilica to recall the crucifixion of Jesus. His quiet reflection came hours before he was …


Diocese filing for bankruptcy to settle sex abuse claims

A Montana Roman Catholic diocese will file for bankruptcy protection as part of a settlement with 72 people who filed sex abuse claims, church officials said Friday.


Italian priest denounces mafia threats as cowardly

An anti-mafia priest campaigner has kicked off a day of national protest against organized crime, urging Italians to resist the mob and denouncing recent threats against him as cowardly.