Pope celebrates Easter Sunday amid bloodshed in Sri Lanka

Europe 04/21/19, 03:27

Pope Francis is celebrating Easter Mass this year facing a fresh round of bloodshed targeting Christians in Sri Lanka.Hours after celebrating a late-night vigil, Francis processed into a flower-decked St. Peter's Square for the liturgy Sunday commemorating the resurrection of ...

Retired Pope Benedict wades into clergy sex abuse debate

Europe 04/11/19, 09:38

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has published an analysis on the Catholic Church's clergy sex abuse scandal, blaming it on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and church laws that protected priests. The essay immediately raised eyebrows, seeming to interfere with or ...

New Guam archbishop after predecessor’s sex abuse verdict

America 04/06/19, 06:48

Pope Francis has formally named Monsignor Michael Byrnes as Guam's archbishop following the definitive sex abuse verdict against his predecessor. Byrnes in 2016 had been named coadjutor bishop for the U.S. Pacific island territory, giving him the right of succession after ...

Vatican upholds sex abuse conviction against Guam archbishop

Europe 04/04/19, 08:16

The Vatican has upheld its conviction of Guam's ousted archbishop for sexually abusing minors and has added a further penalty on appeal that effectively prevents him from presenting himself as a bishop. The Vatican announced the definitive decision against Archbishop Anthony ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Pope’s sex abuse summit: What it did and didn’t do

World 02/25/19, 05:50

Pope Francis' summit on preventing sexual abuse was never going to meet the expectations placed on it by victims groups, the media and ordinary Catholics outraged over a scandal that has harmed so many and compromised the church's moral authority ...

Francis presides at final Mass to conclude sex abuse summit

Europe 02/24/19, 06:00

Pope Francis is celebrating a final Mass to conclude his extraordinary summit of Catholic leaders summoned to Rome for a tutorial on preventing clergy sexual abuse and protecting children from predator priests. The Mass was being celebrated Sunday in the Sala ...

Pope’s sex abuse prevention summit explained

Europe 02/23/19, 08:21

Pope Francis is hosting a four-day summit on preventing clergy sexual abuse, a high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops around the world that the problem is global and that there are consequences if they cover it up. The meeting, ...

Vatican summit on sex abuse focuses calls for accountability

Europe 02/22/19, 04:58

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 to protect their flocks from predator priests. Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich ...

French bishops agree to compensation for sex abuse victims

Europe 02/22/19, 02:24

A French Catholic Church official says the country's bishops have "agreed in principle" to provide financial compensation to sex abuse victims whose cases are too old to be taken to court. Vincent Neymon, the deputy general secretary of the French bishops' ...

Update: Pope demands bishops act now to end sex abuse

Europe 02/21/19, 04:25

The Latest on the Vatican's conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests (all times local): 9:20 a.m. Pope Francis has warned bishops and religious superiors summoned to a landmark sex abuse prevention summit that the Catholic faithful around the world are ...

Vatican’s legal procedures for handling sex abuse, explained

World 02/21/19, 03:31

For centuries, the Vatican's canon law system busied itself with banning books and dispensing punishments that included burnings at the stake for heretics. These days, the Vatican office that eventually replaced the Roman Catholic Inquisition is knee-deep in processing clergy sex ...

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