Pope calls for protection of human trafficking’s victims

Europe 02/10/19, 09:20

Pope Francis has exhorted governments to root out the causes of human trafficking and protect victims.Francis made the appeal while addressing faithful in St. Peter's Square on Sunday. He encouraged people to denounce instances of exploitation and modern slavery and to resist indifference to victims' suffering.He said many Catholic nuns ...

Pope to visit Moroccan imam school to boost moderate Islam

World 02/09/19, 08:37

Pope Francis will meet with migrants in Morocco and visit a training institute for imams that seeks to be a bulwark against Islamic extremism during his March 30-31 visit to the North African country.The Vatican on Saturday released the schedule for the pope's trip to Rabat.It comes on the heels ...

US nuns urge changes to church structure to address abuse

World 02/07/19, 12:50

The main umbrella organization of religious sisters in the United States is calling for an overhaul of the male-led leadership structure of the Catholic Church, after Pope Francis acknowledged the problem of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns.The Leadership Conference of Women Religious also called Thursday for the creation of ...

Vatican clarifies pope on issue of ‘sexual slavery’ of nuns

Europe 02/06/19, 07:25

The Vatican on Wednesday clarified comments by Pope Francis about a case of what he called "sexual slavery" within a French congregation of nuns, saying he was referring to an abuse of power that was reflected in instances of sexual abuse.Francis cited the case when responding to a question about ...

Update: Emiratis welcome pope’s visit

World 02/03/19, 05:49

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to the United Arab Emirates (all times local):NoonEmiratis are welcoming Pope Francis' trip to Abu Dhabi, the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, where Islam was born.The National, a state-linked, English-language newspaper in Abu Dhabi, described the pope's three-day visit beginning Sunday as ...

Pope seeks dialogue on first papal trip to Arabian Peninsula

World 02/03/19, 01:55

Pope Francis is seeking to turn a page in Christian-Muslim relations while also ministering to a unique, thriving island of Catholicism as he embarks on the first-ever papal trip to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam.While Francis is building on two of his priorities with his Sunday-Tuesday visit to ...

Vatican magazine denounces sexual abuse of nuns by priests

Europe 02/01/19, 06:01

The Vatican's women's magazine is denouncing the sexual abuse of nuns by priests — and the resulting "scandal" of religious sisters having abortions or giving birth to children who are then not recognized by their fathers.The February issue of "Women Church World," a monthly magazine distributed alongside the Vatican newspaper ...

Update: Pope announces visit to Japan in November

World 01/23/19, 07:07

The Latest on the pope's visit to Panama (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Pope Francis has told reporters traveling with him to Panama aboard the papal plane that he plans to go to Japan in November. Francis had previously said he wanted to go, but this is the first confirmation that a trip ...

Amid wall debate, Pope visits Panama with migration in mind

America 01/23/19, 00:07

Pope Francis is looking to leave the sex abuse scandal buffeting his papacy behind as he heads to Central America amid a standoff over President Donald Trump's promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a new caravan of migrants heading north. History's first Latin American pope, the son of Italian immigrants ...

Vatican insists no reports of sexual abuse against Argentine

Europe 01/22/19, 09:12

The Vatican is insisting that there were no accusations of sexual abuse against an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis when he resigned in 2017 and was promoted to a job at the Vatican.Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti repeated Tuesday that the Vatican only received the first accusations of sexual abuse ...

Pope mourns Mediterranean shipwrecks that claimed 170 lives

Europe 01/20/19, 07:08

Pope Francis has expressed sorrow over the lost lives of 170 migrants who drowned in recent days in the Mediterranean Sea.The U.N. refugee agency has said 117 migrants died or were missing after a smuggler's dinghy sank off Libya Jan. 18, and that 53 others died in the capsizing of ...

Pope wants bishops to punish sex abusers, not cover up cases

Europe 01/16/19, 08:40

Pope Francis is insisting that bishops attending his high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit will learn the laws to use against predators, how to care for victims and will make sure that no cleric abuse cases are covered up again. The Vatican on Wednesday provided details about the Feb. 21-24 meeting, saying ...

Chilean bishops meet Francis year after disastrous pope trip

America 01/14/19, 10:18

A delegation of Chilean bishops has met with Pope Francis a year after he threw his papacy into turmoil by defending a Chilean bishop accused of covering for a notorious sexual predator.The five-member permanent committee of the Chilean bishops' conference requested Monday's meeting to brief Francis on its efforts to ...

Church envoy begs McCarrick to repent as abuse verdict nears

Europe 01/14/19, 07:35

The retired Vatican diplomat who accused Pope Francis of turning a blind eye to the alleged sexual misconduct of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is begging the American to publicly repent for his crimes for the good of the Catholic Church.Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano wrote a letter to McCarrick that was ...

Pope to parents: It’s OK to fight, just not in front of kids

Europe 01/13/19, 04:50

Pope Francis is offering new parents a bit of advice, telling them it's perfectly normal to fight but just not in front of their children because of the "anguish" it causes.Francis asked permission Sunday to give his counsel during a ceremony to baptize 27 newborns, an annual tradition that fills ...

McCarrick accuser cooperates with NYC prosecutors on abuse

New York 01/12/19, 13:34

The key accuser in the sex abuse case against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has met with New York City prosecutors, evidence that the scandal that has convulsed the papacy is now part of the broader U.S. law enforcement investigation into sex abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church.James Grein gave testimony ...

Vatican launches track team of Swiss Guards, nuns

Sports 01/10/19, 07:24

The Vatican launched an official track team Thursday with the aim of competing in international competitions as part of an agreement signed with the Italian Olympic Committee.About 60 Holy See runners — Swiss Guards, priests, nuns, pharmacists and even a 62-year-old professor who works in the Vatican's Apostolic Library — ...

Pope decries rise of nationalism, flaws of globalization

Europe 01/07/19, 06:02

Pope Francis has expressed concern over the rise of nationalism in the world, blaming the surge partly on globalization's shortcomings.Without citing countries or political parties, Francis on Monday also lamented national policies favoring "quick partisan consensus" over patient efforts for the common good.In his annual speech to diplomats accredited to ...

Exclusive: Vatican letter undermines US cardinal on abuse

World 01/01/19, 09:55

A Vatican letter obtained by The Associated Press makes clear that the Holy See blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures to address the clergy sex abuse scandal because U.S. church leaders failed to sufficiently consult with Rome beforehand.The Nov. 11 letter from the Vatican's Cardinal Marc Ouellet provides the primary ...

Pope ode to motherhood ushers in 2019 after disastrous 2018

World 01/01/19, 05:19

Pope Francis has ushered in the New Year with an ode to motherhood, reminding the faithful that a mother's example and embrace is the only antidote to today's disjointed world of solitude and misery.Francis celebrated Mass Tuesday in St. Peter's Basilica to formally open 2019. In his homily Francis urged ...

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