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Pope in Japan says world must rethink reliance on nuclear power

Pope Francis has met with victims of Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and called for the world to rethink its reliance on nuclear power.


Francis fulfills dream, goes to Japan as missionary pope

Pope Francis will fulfill his dream to be a missionary in Japan when he arrives for a three-day visit with two main aims: to appeal for nuclear disarmament and minister …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Pope in Thailand calls for action to protect women, children

Pope Francis urged more efforts to combat the “humiliation” of women and children forced into prostitution as he began a busy visit Thursday to Thailand, where human trafficking and poverty …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 25, 2019

Michael Czerny, Gonzaga alumnus and Jesuit, appointed as a cardinal by Pope Francis

The 1968 graduate of Gonzaga University traveled to Central America during the Salvadoran civil war. He’ll address migrant issues within the Catholic Church as Under-Secretary of the Migrants and Refugees …


Global debate gets underway over married Catholic priests

Germany’s Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops in the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region, but there’s less enthusiasm …


Pope declares Vatican’s Secret Archive not so secret anymore

Pope Francis has declared that the Vatican Secret Archive isn’t so secret after all.


Pope’s Amazon synod proposes married priests, female leaders

Catholic bishops from across the Amazon have called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the priest shortage in the region, in an historic proposal that would …


Pope’s bodyguard resigns over new financial leaks scandal

Pope Francis’ chief bodyguard resigned Monday over the leak of a Vatican police flyer identifying five Holy See employees who were suspended as part of a financial investigation.


Pope canonizes John Henry Newman, 19th-century theologian

With Prince Charles looking on, Pope Francis on Sunday canonized Cardinal John Henry Newman and praised the 19th-century Anglican convert who became an influential, unifying figure in both the Anglican …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019

Pope urges compassion in elevating 13 likeminded cardinals

Pope Francis added 13 new cardinals to the top of the Catholic hierarchy on Saturday, telling them they must show God’s compassion to those who suffer to be faithful to …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 29, 2019

Pope decries world’s indifference to migrants and refugees

Pope Francis is decrying “the culture of comfort,” which leads to indifference in the face of a global migration and refugee crisis.


Pope in Madagascar insists: ‘Poverty is not inevitable’

Pope Francis insisted Sunday that poverty isn’t inevitable and that the poor deserve the dignity of work as he visited a hilltop rock quarry in Madagascar.


Pope wants to visit Iraq in 2020, berates arms exporters

Pope Francis says he wants to visit Iraq next year, although a date for a trip hasn’t been announced.


Victims of clergy abuse to sue Vatican, seek abusers’ names

Five men who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests when they were minors are planning to sue the Vatican and are demanding the names of thousands of …


Pope requires sex abuse to be reported to church, not police

Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church …


UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019

Pope during Easter vigil: reject the ‘glitter of wealth’

At an Easter vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged people to resist cynicism or pursuing the “glitter of wealth,” and to avoid seeking life’s meaning in …


Pope in Morocco: Walls, fear-mongering won’t stop migration

Pope Francis praised Morocco as a model of religious moderation as he opened a quick trip to the North African kingdom with a warning that walls and fear-mongering won’t stop …


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019

Leaders of Catholic, Mormon churches meet in Rome

The head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with a pope for the first time on Saturday, an event that reportedly followed decades of behind-the-scenes relationship …


Pope vows to end abuse cover-ups but victims disappointed

Pope Francis closed out his summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing to confront abusers with “the wrath of God” felt by the faithful, end the cover-ups by their …


Women take Catholic bishops to task at Vatican abuse summit

A prominent Nigerian nun blasted the culture of silence that has long kept clergy sexual abuse hidden in the Catholic Church, telling Catholic leaders Saturday that they must admit their …


Vatican sex abuse summit seeks new culture of accountability

Cardinals attending Pope Francis’ summit on preventing clergy sex abuse have called for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors who fail …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019

Vatican defrocks former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

The Vatican says Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019

Vatican tries to rein in expectations for sexual abuse summit

Pope Francis is preparing to convene an unprecedented summit on sex abuse this month, widely viewed as among the most pivotal moments of his papacy, but the Vatican is cautioning …


US nuns urge changes to church structure to address abuse

The largest association of religious sisters in the United States called Thursday for an overhaul of the male-led leadership structure of the Catholic Church, after Pope Francis publicly acknowledged the …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019

Pope acknowledges priests, bishops have sexually abused nuns

Pope Francis has for the first time publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and says he is committed to doing more to fight the problem.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019

Pope in historic UAE visit urges faith leaders to reject war

Pope Francis urged religious leaders Monday to work together to reject the “miserable crudeness” of war as he opened the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of …


Pope in UAE for historic trip after call for Yemen relief

Pope Francis has landed in Abu Dhabi on the first papal trip ever to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam.


Vatican: Argentine bishop at Holy See under investigation

The Vatican has confirmed that an Argentine bishop, who resigned suddenly in 2017 for stated health reasons and then landed a top administrative job at the Holy See, is under …


Pope’s initial blind spot on sex abuse threatens legacy

It has been a wretched year for Pope Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy and throw the Catholic …


Current, former Spokane bishops respond to Vatican’s order on sexual abuse crisis

An order from the Vatican on Monday widened a rift in the Roman Catholic Church over how to handle the ongoing sexual abuse crisis in the United States. That rift …