Pope: Women have ‘legitimate claims’ for justice, equality

Europe 04/02/19, 04:35

Pope Francis says women have "legitimate claims" to seek more justice and equality in the Catholic Church, but has stopped short of endorsing more sweeping calls from his own bishops to give women decision-making roles.Francis on Tuesday issued a document inspired by an October 2018 meeting of bishops on better ...

Pope defends decision to keep French cardinal after cover-up

Europe 03/31/19, 15:47

Pope Francis has defended his decision to reject French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin's resignation after he was convicted of covering up for a predator priest, saying the appeals process must run its course before a final decision is made.Francis also explained why he rejected proposals by U.S. bishops to respond to ...

Update: Christians hope pope’s Morocco visit a good sign

Europe 03/31/19, 05:38

The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Morocco: (all times local):11:20 a.m.Moroccans who converted to Christianity are hoping Pope Francis' visit will compel Moroccan authorities to become more tolerant of respecting religious freedom.Pope Francis exchanges gifts during a visit to the Rural Center for Social Services at Temara, south of ...

After migrant appeal, pope ministers to flock in Morocco

Europe 03/31/19, 03:57

Pope Francis is turning his attention to Morocco's small Christian community during a two-day visit after already reaching out to the kingdom's Muslim majority and calling for a greater welcome for its growing number of migrants.On his second and final day in Morocco, Francis is visiting a church-run social services ...

Update: Pope in Morocco highlights Christian-Muslim ties

World 03/30/19, 08:32

The Latest on the Pope's trip to Morocco (all times local):2:25 p.m.Pope Francis has arrived in Morocco for a trip aimed at highlighting the North African nation's tradition of Christian-Muslim ties, while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe's door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock.Pope Francis ...

Pope’s trip to Morocco to highlight Christian-Muslim ties

World 03/30/19, 03:46

Pope Francis's weekend trip to Morocco aims to highlight the North African nation's tradition of Christian-Muslim ties while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe's door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock on the peripheries.Francis will address the first two items on the agenda Saturday when he ...

Pope mandates reporting of sex abuse claims in Vatican City

Europe 03/29/19, 06:02

Pope Francis has issued sweeping new sex abuse legislation for Vatican personnel and Holy See diplomats overseas, requiring the immediate reporting of abuse allegations to Vatican prosecutors, a policy shift aimed at being a model for the Catholic Church worldwide. The mandatory reporting provision of the legislation published Friday marks the ...

Pope seeks to build on Muslim outreach with Morocco trip

Europe 03/29/19, 03:40

Pope Francis is forging ahead with promoting moderate Islam during a weekend trip to Morocco, seeking to build on warming ties with the Sunni world while also ministering to a tiny Catholic community and offering solidarity with migrants.For the 82-year-old pope, the 27-hour, whirlwind visit to Rabat, the Moroccan capital, ...

Pope explains reluctant ring kiss: fear of spreading germs

Europe 03/28/19, 07:23

Pope Francis has set the record straight about why he pulled his hand away when throngs of people lined up this week to kiss his ring: for fear of spreading germs.Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said Thursday that Francis was concerned about hygiene when, after greeting throngs of well-wishers in a ...

Vatican says pope will visit 3 African nations in September

World 03/27/19, 07:36

Pope Francis will visit the African countries of Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius in early September, the Vatican announced on Wednesday.The Vatican said that during the Sept. 4-10 visit Francis will visit the capitals: Maputo in Mozambique, Antananarivo in Madagascar and Port Louis in Mauritius.In a national address, Mozambican President Filipe ...

Pope allows ring kissing after earlier pulling hand away

Europe 03/27/19, 07:03

Pope Francis has allowed nuns and priests to kiss his papal ring during his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square, two days after a video showing him pulling his hand away from several faithful drew criticism.Some conservative critics of the pope feel Francis was abandoning church doctrine and tradition, and ...

Update: Vatican editor denies interfering in women’s mag

Europe 03/26/19, 06:05

The Latest on the resignation of the editorial board at the Vatican's women's magazine (all times local):12 p.m.The editor of the Vatican newspaper has denied accusations that he sought to discredit the female editors of a monthly magazine that was distributed by his daily.FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 28, ...

Founder, editorial board of Vatican women’s magazine quit

Europe 03/26/19, 03:08

The founder and all-female editorial board of the Vatican's women's magazine have quit after coming under what they say was a Vatican campaign to discredit them and put them "under the direct control of men" that increased after they denounced the sexual abuse of nuns by clergy.The editorial committee of ...

Pope travels to Loreto shrine to sign youth document

Europe 03/25/19, 05:41

Pope Francis has traveled to a major Italian pilgrimage site dedicated to the Virgin Mary to sign a new document dedicated to today's youth.Francis celebrated Mass on Monday in Loreto's cathedral and then signed the document in private. It will be translated and released in the coming weeks or months, ...

Pope Francis prays for Nicaragua, victims in African attacks

World 03/24/19, 08:35

Pope Francis prayed on Sunday for the victims of attacks in Nigeria and Mali, and for the success of talks underway in Nicaragua aimed at solving a yearlong political crisis in the country."Let's pray for the numerous victims of the recent inhuman attacks in Nigeria and Mali. May the Lord ...

Pope replaces Santiago bishop after abuse cover-up claims

World 03/23/19, 06:44

Pope Francis has replaced Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati , the embattled archbishop of Santiago, Chile, after he became embroiled in the country's spiraling sex abuse and cover-up scandal.Francis on Saturday accepted Ezzati's resignation and named a temporary replacement to govern Chile's most important archdiocese: the current bishop of Copiapo, Monsignor Celestino ...

Pope nixes French cardinal resignation after cover-up

World 03/19/19, 08:53

Pope Francis has declined to accept the resignation of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who was convicted of failing to report a known predator priest to police.The Vatican spokesman, Alessandro Gisotti, says Francis instead asked Barbarin during their audience on Monday to do what he thinks is best for the Lyon ...

French cardinal convicted in sex abuse scandal to meet pope

Europe 03/18/19, 05:26

French cardinal Philippe Barbarin is meeting with the pope after having been convicted by a French court of failing to report a known pedophile priest to police. Barbarin has said he will resign after becoming the latest high-ranking churchman to fall in the global reckoning over clergy sex abuse and cover-ups. ...

Pope still hopes to visit South Sudan to promote peace

Europe 03/16/19, 07:19

Pope Francis has met with the president of South Sudan and told him that he still hopes to visit the country "as a sign of closeness to the population and of encouragement for the peace process."Francis met with President Salva Kiir in the Apostolic Palace on Saturday. Later, the president ...

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