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  • Italy Jul 13, 2019

    Vatican Mystery Over Missing Girl Deepens; Bones Found

    The mystery of the 1983 disappearance of the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee took yet another twist Saturday following excavations this week at a Vatican City cemetery: The Vatican said it had discovered two sets of bones under a stone manhole that will be formally opened next week. The Vatican on Thursday had pried open the tombs of two...

  • California Jul 10, 2019

    Iconic ‘Crystal Cathedral' Converted to Catholic Church

    An iconic glass-paned church in Southern California that once housed a booming televangelist ministry has been transformed into a cathedral to give the region’s Catholics a long-awaited and much larger place to congregate and pray.

  • Massachusetts Jun 2, 2019

    Pope Braves Rain-Soaked Mountain Roads for Transylvania Mass

    Pope Francis braved a rain-soaked, twisting drive through the mountains of Transylvania on Saturday to visit Romania’s most famous shrine, urging Romanian and ethnic Hungarian faithful to work together for their future. Storms forced Francis to change his travel plans and add in a three-hour car ride through the Carpathian mountains that he had planned to traverse via helicopter. The...

  • Chicago Dec 21, 2018

    Pope Tells Abusive Priests to Turn Themselves in, Says Church Will ‘Never Again' Cover Up Clergy Sex Abuse

    Pope Francis demanded Friday that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in and vowed that the Catholic Church will “never again” hide their crimes. Francis dedicated his annual Christmas speech to Vatican bureaucrats to abuse, evidence that a year of devastating revelations of sexual misconduct and cover-up around the globe has shaken his papacy and caused a...

  • Germany Oct 14, 2018

    Pope Defrocks 2 Chilean Bishops Accused of Sex Abuse

    Pope Francis on Saturday defrocked two more Chilean bishops accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how he’s responding to the church’s global sex abuse crisis, he publicly explained why they were removed. The Vatican’s unusually detailed statement announcing the laicization of retired Archbishop Francisco Jose Cox Huneeus and retired Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez signaled...

  • New York Sep 11, 2018

    Vatican Promises ‘Necessary Clarifications' to Pope Cover-Up Claims

    The Vatican is preparing the “necessary clarifications” about accusations that top Vatican officials including Pope Francis covered up the sexual misconduct of a now-disgraced American ex-cardinal, Francis’ top advisers said Monday. In a statement, Francis’ nine cardinal advisers expressed their “full solidarity” with the pope over the scandal, which has thrown his papacy into crisis. The cardinals, who are meeting...

  • New York Sep 8, 2018

    Letter Confirms Vatican Knew of McCarrick Sexual Misconduct in 2000

    A 2006 letter from a top Vatican official confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of now-resigned U.S. cardinal, lending credibility to bombshell accusations of a cover-up at the highest echelons of the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic News Service, the news agency of the U.S. bishops’ conference, published the letter Friday from then-Archbishop Leonardo...

  • Texas Jan 21, 2018

    Pope: Femicides in Latin America a Scourge That Must Stop

    Pope Francis denounced femicides and other gender-based crimes that have turned Latin America into the most violent place on Earth for women, calling Saturday for legislation to protect them and a new cultural mindset as he visited one of Peru’s most dangerous parts. At a Marian prayer in the northern seaside city of Trujillo, Francis called women, mothers and grandmothers...

  • Massachusetts Jan 17, 2018

    Pope Heads to Chile Indigenous Area After Churches Burned

    Looking to put Chile’s sex abuse scandal behind him, Pope Francis dives Wednesday into another divisive issue roiling the South American nation: the plight of the indigenous Mapuche and their long-running conflicts with government authorities. In an ominous reminder of how the centuries-long conflict has occasionally erupted in violence, two Catholic churches were torched in the Araucania region on the...

  • law enforcement Sep 22, 2017

    Pope Admits Church Realized Sex Abuse Problem ‘a Bit Late'

    Pope Francis on Thursday acknowledged the Catholic Church was “a bit late” in realizing the damage done by priests who rape and molest children, and said that the decades-long practice of moving pedophiles around rather than sanctioning them was to blame....
    Francis met Thursday for the first time with his sex abuse advisory commission, a group of outside experts named in...

  • Europe May 13, 2017

    Pope Makes 2 Fatima Children Saints on Centenary of Visions

    Pope Francis added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints Saturday, honoring young siblings whose reported visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the Portuguese farm town of Fatima into one of the world’s most important Catholic shrines. Francis proclaimed Francisco and Jacinta Marto saints at the start of Mass marking the centenary of their...

  • Catholic Church Nov 2, 2016

    Pope Rules Out Women's Ordination Forever

    Pope Francis has ruled out women’s ordination, saying the “last word” on the question was delivered by St. John Paul II and that no changes are foreseen. Francis was asked en route home Tuesday from Sweden, where the Lutheran church is headed by a woman, if the Catholic Church might ordain women priests. Francis said: “The last word was clear...

  • Germany Jul 27, 2016

    Olympic Boxers to Fight Without Headgear for 1st Time Since 1980

    Cuts haven’t been a major concern in Olympic boxing since 1980, but they will be a constant danger in Rio, where the 250 male fighters will box without headgear for the first time since Moscow. Fighters have had three years to adjust to the change, and they’ve adapted with the same tenacity that made them boxers in the first place....

  • New York Apr 14, 2016

    With or Without Ryan, A Convention Savior Unlikely for GOP

    The idea of finding a consensus nominee outside the Republican Party’s 2016 candidate pool won’t disappear, and neither will the massive hurdles for any such effort, according to NBC News. If no one clinches the nomination after the first round, the stalemated delegates could move in to break the deadlock. According to party rules, most of the delegates can vote...

  • Mexico Mar 13, 2015

    Pope Francis Predicts Short Pontificate, Misses Pizza

    Pope Francis on Friday marked the second anniversary of his surprise election by predicting that he won’t be pope for long — and by calling a special Jubilee Year to focus the church on his top priority while he’s still around: mercy.

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