Pope meets with Mormon leadership in Rome to dedicate temple

Europe 03/09/19, 12:45

Pope Francis on Saturday met with the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the first-such meeting of its kind, on the eve of the dedication of the church's huge new temple in Rome.The Vatican offered no details of Francis' audience with the church president, Russell Nelson, ...

Mixed blessing for cycling from Pope Francis

Sports 03/09/19, 09:06

Pope Francis has praised cycling for the value it places on discipline, selflessness and courage but warned that the sport can become tainted by doping, dishonesty and corruption.Francis met Saturday with European and African cycling federations during their annual assembly in Rome.The Argentine Jesuit cited the team spirit often seen ...

Pope meets Jewish group, decries “depraved” antisemitism

Europe 03/08/19, 06:32

Pope Francis is denouncing the "depraved hatred" behind a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in parts of the world and says interfaith dialogue can help counter it.Francis made the comments during a Friday audience with a delegation of the American Jewish Committee.He lamented that their meeting was taking place amid the ...

Catholic Church cardinals implicated in sex abuse, cover-ups

Europe 03/07/19, 15:17

The conviction of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin for failing to report a known pedophile priest to police deepens the crisis confronting an already discredited Catholic Church hierarchy. The verdict handed down by magistrates Thursday shows the church's once-untouchable "princes" increasingly are judged accountable for priests who abuse children and the ...

Vatican: Cardinal Pell says he’s innocent, but news hurts

World 02/26/19, 17:24

The Vatican on Tuesday insisted on Australian Cardinal George Pell's right to further defend himself after being convicted of molesting two choirboys in his homeland, but said Pope Francis was keeping in place local church restrictions forbidding one of his most trusted advisers from having contact with children while appeals ...

Update: Pope vows to confront predators, end cover-ups

Europe 02/24/19, 05:08

The Latest on Pope Francis' summit at the Vatican on preventing clergy sex abuse (all times local):11 a.m.Pope Francis has concluded his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing to confront abusers with "the wrath of God," end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize victims of this ...

Update: German cardinal urges changes to Vatican secrecy

Europe 02/23/19, 06:23

The Latest on the sex abuse prevention summit at the Vatican (all times local):12:30 p.m.A top German cardinal has called for changes to the Vatican's legal code of secrecy that is imposed on sex abuse cases and for the publication of statistics about the problem as necessary measures to restore ...

Nun to Vatican abuse summit: “This storm will not pass by”

Europe 02/23/19, 04:39

A prominent Nigerian nun has blasted the culture of silence in the Catholic Church that has long sought to hide clergy sexual abuse, telling a Vatican summit that transparency and an admission of mistakes is needed to restore trust. In a powerful speech Saturday, Sister Veronica Openibo told Pope Francis' gathering ...

Update: US ambassador: Protect children, stop sex abuse

Europe 02/22/19, 11:23

The Latest on Pope Francis' sex abuse summit at the Vatican (all times local): 5:15 p.m. The U.S. ambassador to the Vatican says she hopes the Holy See will show a "renewed commitment to ending clerical sexual abuse" following this week's summit of church leaders at the Vatican. Pope Francis, center, makes his ...

US cardinals hope new accountability stops abusers in future

Europe 02/22/19, 11:09

Two U.S. cardinals attending the Vatican's sex abuse prevention summit said Friday that the downfall of their former colleague, Theodore McCarrick, was sad for the Catholic church but they hoped a new spirit of accountability would prevent future cover-ups of bishop misconduct.Cardinals Sean O'Malley of Boston and Blase Cupich of ...

A global look at the Catholic Church’s sex abuse problem

Europe 02/21/19, 11:43

Pope Francis' high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit is meant to call attention to the crisis as a global problem that requires a global response. His decision was sparked by the realization that in many parts of the world, bishops and religious superiors continue to deny or play down the severity of ...

Pope demands bishops act now to end scourge of sex abuse

Europe 02/21/19, 04:36

Pope Francis warned church leaders summoned Thursday to a landmark sex abuse prevention summit that the Catholic faithful are demanding more than just condemnation of the crimes of priests but concrete action to respond to the scandal. Francis opened the four-day summit by telling the Catholic hierarchy that their own responsibility ...

Priest’s son demands Vatican attention for clergy’s children

Europe 02/20/19, 14:51

The head organizer of the Vatican's sex abuse summit has met with an Irish activist who is seeking to draw attention to another issue the Vatican has long sought to keep quiet: the plight of children of priests. Archbishop Charles Scicluna, for years the Vatican's sex crimes investigator, met Tuesday with ...

Abuse survivors demand Vatican transparency, accountability

Europe 02/20/19, 12:34

Survivors of clergy sexual abuse met with organizers of a Vatican prevention summit Wednesday and demanded transparency, zero tolerance for abuse and for religious superiors to be held accountable when they protect priests who rape and molest children.The survivors met for more than two hours with the Vatican's lead sex ...

Update: Pope says church’s attackers are linked to devil

Europe 02/20/19, 06:00

The Latest on the Vatican summit on dealing with sex abuse of minors (all times local):11:55 a.m.Pope Francis says that those who are constantly attacking the church are linked to the devil.Francis on Wednesday told pilgrims from southern Italy that the church's "defects" must be denounced in order to correct ...

Religious orders apologize for sex abuse inaction, cover-ups

Europe 02/19/19, 19:31

Catholic religious orders around the world apologized Tuesday for having failed to respond when their priests raped children, acknowledging that their family-like communities blinded them to sexual abuse and led to misplaced loyalties, denial and cover-ups. The two umbrella organizations representing the world's religious orders issued a joint statement ahead of ...

Pope’s sex abuse prevention summit explained

Europe 02/19/19, 06:43

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 opening Thursday comes at a critical time for the church ...

Sex abuse survivors say Vatican summit must deliver action

Europe 02/17/19, 13:29

Roman Catholics who were sexually abused by clergy are insisting that decisive actions to confront the decades-long problem of pedophile priests and church cover-ups must come out of an upcoming Vatican summit. A founding member of the advocacy group Ending Clergy Abuse, Peter Isely, contended Sunday that Pope Francis is "facing ...

Update: McCarrick’s victim sad, but glad he was believed

Europe 02/16/19, 07:07

The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick (all times local):1:05 p.m.One of the victims of defrocked ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick victims is expressing relief that Pope Francis believed his accusations of years-long sex abuse.In a statement released by his lawyer Saturday, James Grein said he participated in ...

Report: Pope says not time yet for mediation in Venezuela

Europe 02/13/19, 11:16

Pope Francis has reportedly written to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro indicating conditions aren't ripe for the Vatican to step in and help mediate in the country's dramatic political crisis.The Corriere della Sera newspaper on Wednesday quoted from a letter it said Francis wrote to Maduro on Feb. 7, several days ...

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