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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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops accused of sex abuse

Pope Francis on Saturday defrocked two more Chilean bishops accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how he’s responding to the church’s global sex abuse crisis, …


Pope accepts Washington cardinal’s resignation amid scandal

Pope Francis accepted the resignation Friday of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in …


Pope Francis OKs study of Vatican archives into ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexual misconduct scandal

Pope Francis has authorized a “thorough study” of Vatican archives into how a prominent American cardinal advanced through church ranks despite allegations that he slept with seminarians and young priests, …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018

Poll: U.S. Catholics fault pope’s handling of sex abuse crisis

As sex abuse scandals continue to buffet the Roman Catholic Church, Catholics in the U.S. are steadily losing confidence in Pope Francis’ handling of the crisis, according to a new …