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 Konrad Krajewski's actions. A rising force in Europe's far-right politics, ...

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 film paid for through crowdfunding, was released on YouTube on ...

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 Gisotti said in a written statement that "the Holy Father ...

Pope ordaining 19 men to priesthood in St. Peter’s Basilica

Europe 05/12/19, 03:08

Pope Francis is ordaining 19 men to the priesthood in St. Peter's Basilica.Most of them are Italians, but other seminarians are from Croatia, Peru, Haiti and Japan.Wearing white robes, the seminarians stood in three rows before the central altar after replying, "Here I am," as their names were called one ...

Pope vows to fight nun abuse, urges service not servitude

Europe 05/10/19, 08:01

Pope Francis has vowed to combat the of nuns and urged religious sisters to just say no when clergy want to use them as maids. Francis told 850 superiors of religious orders gathered Friday for the triennial assembly of the International Union of Superiors General, the main umbrella group of nuns, ...

Pope says he may add South Sudan leg onto Africa trip

World 05/10/19, 07:30

Pope Francis says he may add a South Sudan leg onto his Africa trip in September if conditions there are "mature."Francis told a visiting nun from Juba on Friday he wants to go to South Sudan as part of his trip but can't promise.He planned to visit South Sudan with ...

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 for cover-ups.Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo says the edict is a ...

Key points of Vatican law on reporting sex abuse, cover-ups

Europe 05/09/19, 07:40

Pope Francis on Thursday issued a new church law about reporting clergy sex abuse and cover-up, outlining investigation procedures when the accused is a bishop or religious superior. It's the latest effort by the pope to respond to the global eruption of the sex abuse and cover-up scandal. Some key points ...

Pope tells Roma and Sinti people that he suffers with them

Europe 05/09/19, 06:56

Pope Francis has received and prayed with hundreds of Roma and Sinti people and told them that he suffers when he reads about abuse and prejudice against them.Angry protesters insulted the mayor of Rome on Wednesday for providing a home for a 14-person Roma family in the Casal Bruciato neighborhood. ...

Vatican law: Priests, nuns must report sex abuse, cover-up

Europe 05/09/19, 05:38

Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in a groundbreaking new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks. The new church law provides ...

Pope: Commission on female deacons disagrees on ordination

World 05/07/19, 15:43

Pope Francis said Tuesday that an international commission of scholars has failed to reach a definitive conclusion about whether women were ordained as deacons in the early Christian church in the same way men were.Francis told reporters returning home from the Balkans that the commission found evidence that female deacons ...

Update: Pope encourages North Macedonia’s EU integration

Europe 05/07/19, 02:57

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to North Macedonia (all times local):9:55 a.m.Pope Francis is seeking to encourage North Macedonia's integration into Europe following the resolution of its conflict with Greece over its name, saying greater European participation will benefit the entire region while showing respect for Macedonians' diversity.Pope Francis ...

Pope to visit North Macedonia as EU, NATO hopes rise on vote

Europe 05/07/19, 00:15

North Macedonia's leaders are hoping Pope Francis will strongly encourage greater integration in European institutions following the resolution of a decades-long name dispute with Greece and the election of a pro-EU new president.Francis arrives in North Macedonia, a small Balkan nation of about 2.1 million people, on Tuesday in the ...

Pope in Bulgaria says refugees need love; Orthodox stay away

World 05/06/19, 12:49

Pope Francis told refugees Monday in Bulgaria's showcase refugee center that they are bearing the "cross of humanity," as he pressed his call for the migrant-skeptic Balkan country to welcome poor and desperate foreigners with love.On his second and final day in Bulgaria, Francis sought to encourage both refugees and ...

Update: Orthodox reps not at pope’s multi-faith event

Europe 05/06/19, 12:19

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Bulgaria (all times local):7:45 p.m.Pope Francis is presiding over a peace meeting in Bulgaria with members of the Balkan country's different faith communities and a children's choir singing "We Are the World."Pope Francis, second right, celebrates a mass in the Church of the ...

Update: Pope to address Bulgaria’s anti-migrant stance

Europe 05/05/19, 02:11

The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Bulgaria (all times local):10 a.m.Pope Francis has arrived in Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants.Pope Francis boards the airplane on the occasion of a three-day trip to Bulgaria and Macedonia at Rome's Fiumicino International ...

Pope off to Bulgaria, a poor EU nation hostile to migrants

Europe 05/05/19, 01:10

Pope Francis will be spending two days in Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest member and a country with an unreceptive climate for migrants that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative.Francis is expected to tour a refugee center during the visit that ...

Sri Lanka Catholics celebrate Mass via TV amid new warnings

World 05/04/19, 23:29

Sri Lankan Catholics are celebrating Sunday Mass in their homes for a second week as churches remain closed after reports of possible fresh attacks by Islamic extremists.Cardinal Malcom Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, offered a televised Mass from his residence that was attended mostly by priests and nuns.A letter from ...

Pope tends to Orthodox ties, Catholic minorities in Balkans

Europe 05/04/19, 02:40

Pope Francis, who opened 2019 with trips to the Muslim world, is shifting gears to tend to Orthodox relations, with a delicate visit starting Sunday to the Balkan nations of Bulgaria and North Macedonia.Francis will also minister to the countries' tiny Catholic communities and meet with migrants, highlighting other papal ...

Pope Francis sends money to help migrants traveling to the U.S.

Politics 04/28/19, 13:06

According to a Vatican News report on Saturday, Pope Francis is sending half a million dollars to help migrants in Mexico trying to reach the United States. “Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to assist migrants in Mexico. The funds, from the Peter’s Pence collections, will be distributed among 27 projects ...

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