Texas couple stands by story after US cardinal pushes back

U.S. 06/05/19, 18:10

A Texas couple that accused top U.S. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of mishandling a sexual misconduct case says his office is treating them the way the church treats other victims — by trying to discredit their story.DiNardo's Galveston-Houston diocese has said that it "categorically rejects" an Associated Press story about the ...

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 Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta two weeks ago and ordered the case ...

Pope says abortion is never OK, equates it to “hiring a hitman”

Europe 05/25/19, 08:19

Pope Francis said Saturday that abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or likely to die, and urged doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term. Speaking to a Vatican-sponsored anti-abortion conference, Francis said the opposition to abortion isn't a religious issue ...

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 audience Wednesday, noting that May 24 is a feast day ...

Pope urges foreign media to use power of press to seek truth

Europe 05/18/19, 11:13

Pope Francis urged foreign correspondents on Saturday to humbly use the power of the press to search for the truth and give voice to the voiceless, saying journalism is an important tool to counter the hatred, prejudice and fake news.In an audience with the Foreign Press Association in Rome, Francis ...

Pope gives joyride to migrant children newly arrived in Italy

Europe 05/15/19, 03:36

Pope Francis has given a joyride in his popemobile to eight migrant children who recently arrived in Italy from Libya. The pope picked up the children, who hail from Syria, Nigeria, and Congo, at the start of his weekly general audience Wednesday, May 15, and zoomed around St. Peter's Square with ...

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

Africa 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 ...

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 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 ...

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 appeals for evacuation of migrants from Libyan centers

Europe 04/28/19, 07:06

Pope Francis has appealed for the evacuation of women, children and sick migrants trapped in Libyan detention centers as soon as possible, through humanitarian corridors.During his Regina Coeli prayer on Sunday, the pontiff said the refugees' situation, "which is already very serious, has become even more dangerous due to the ...

Pope carries Easter candle up aisle of darkened basilica

Europe 04/20/19, 14:20

Pope Francis has carried a lit candle up the main aisle of a darkened St. Peter's Basilica in a dramatic Saturday Easter vigil ritual.The pontiff, prelates and other faithful also clutching candles appeared as slow-moving points of light in darkness, part of a procession symbolizing Christians' belief that Jesus triumphed ...

Pilgrims flock to Colosseum Good Friday event, led by pope

Europe 04/19/19, 12:12

Pilgrims and tourists flocked to the Colosseum for the Way of the Cross procession to join Pope Francis for a Good Friday night ritual in Rome.The procession commemorates the suffering of Jesus. This year, meditations to be read aloud during the ceremony will reflect on the modern-day plight of migrants ...

Pope washes inmates’ feet, says bishops must be servants

Europe 04/18/19, 10:58

Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners Thursday and urged them to serve one another as brothers, as he ushered in the solemn pre-Easter rituals made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. Francis travelled to a prison in Velletri, outside Rome, for the Holy ...

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