1st black priest in US, ex-slave, positioned for sainthood

U.S. 06/12/19, 15:58

Pope Francis has positioned for sainthood a former slave and the first known black Roman Catholic priest in America.The pontiff on Wednesday declared the Rev. Augustine Tolton, of Quincy, to be "venerable." The Diocese of Springfield announced that the designation ...

Polish advocate for church victims resigns in scandal

Europe 05/30/19, 05:02

The founder and head of a Polish organization dedicated to helping victims of pedophile priests has resigned after allegations surfaced that he extorted money from a victim and demanded money from the producers of a documentary about clerical abuse.The foundation ...

Pope says Argentine bishop now facing Vatican abuse trial

Europe 05/28/19, 16:59

An Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis is now on trial at the Vatican, accused of sexually abusing seminarians.Francis revealed the development in an interview with Mexico's Televisa Tuesday. He said he received the results of a preliminary investigation into ...

Abortion-rights activists renew battle in Argentina

Health 05/28/19, 14:40

Argentine activists on Tuesday were launching a renewed effort to legalize elective abortions in the homeland of Pope Francis after narrowly falling short last year.Lawmakers said they would introduce a bill to legalize abortion for pregnancies up to 14 weeks. ...

South Dakota bishop to lead Saginaw diocese in Michigan

U.S. 05/24/19, 14:29

A Catholic bishop in South Dakota has been selected as the new bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw in Michigan.The diocese announced Friday that 63-year-old Bishop Robert D. Gruss will serve as its seventh bishop. His installation in Saginaw is ...

Pope urges China’s Catholics to unify after bishop deal

World 05/22/19, 03:45

Pope Francis is urging China's divided Catholic community to come together in communion, as he seeks to heal decades of estrangement following a landmark deal with Beijing over bishop nominations.Francis made a special appeal at the end of his weekly ...

Power play: Papal aide’s manhole act angers Italy’s Salvini

Europe 05/13/19, 11:47

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has taken aim at a Vatican cardinal who climbed into a utility manhole to restore electricity to squatters in a government-owned building, pitting Pope Francis' humanitarian priorities against far-right Italian politics.Salvini was incensed by Cardinal ...

Poland shaken by documentary about pedophile priests

Europe 05/13/19, 09:29

A new documentary revealing new cases of pedophilia by priests has deeply shaken Poland, one of Europe's most Roman Catholic societies, eliciting an apology from the church hierarchy and prompting one priest to leave the clergy."Just Tell No One," a ...

Pope: It’s OK to organize pilgrimages to Bosnian shrine

Europe 05/12/19, 12:14

Pope Francis has given Roman Catholic faithful his OK to make pilgrimages to a Bosnian shrine where children said the Virgin Mary appeared to them, but the Catholic Church hasn't yet authenticated their vision, the Vatican said Sunday.Vatican spokesman Alessandro ...

Update: US Catholics welcome abuse reporting protocol

Europe 05/09/19, 09:00

The Latest on new church laws regarding sex abuse reporting issued Thursday by Pope Francis (all times local):4 p.m.The head of the U.S. bishops conference is welcoming Pope Francis' new church law about reporting clergy sex abuse and investigating bishops ...

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