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November 29, 2020, 2:32 AM

Pope Francis, new cardinals visit former Pope Benedict

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has been living in a house in the Vatican Gardens since retiring in 2013.
November 29, 2020, 2:32 AM
Pope Francis, new cardinals visit former Pope Benedict
November 28, 2020, 8:04 PM

Pope elevates 13 new cardinals then puts them in their place

Pope Francis is formally elevating 13 new cardinals.
November 28, 2020, 8:04 PM
November 27, 2020, 3:31 PM

New cardinals quarantine in pope's hotel ahead of ceremony

The Vatican’s Santa Marta hotel was built to sequester cardinals during papal elections
November 27, 2020, 3:31 PM
New cardinals quarantine in pope's hotel ahead of consistory
November 27, 2020, 10:40 AM

Pope backs Argentine women's opposition to abortion bill

Pope Francis is encouraging Argentine women who are protesting a proposed new law to legalize abortion, saying the protection of life is above all a matter of human ethics
November 27, 2020, 10:40 AM
Pope backs Argentine women's opposition to abortion bill
November 24, 2020, 6:28 PM

China criticizes pope over comment on Uighur Muslim minority

China has criticized Pope Francis over a passage in his new book in which he mentions suffering by China's Uighur Muslim minority group
November 24, 2020, 6:28 PM
China criticizes pope over comment on Uighur Muslim minority
November 24, 2020, 5:29 PM

Vatican butler convicted in Benedict XVI leaks case dies

Paolo Gabriele, the Vatican butler who was convicted of stealing and leaking Pope Benedict XVI’s private papers in 2012, has died
November 24, 2020, 5:29 PM
November 23, 2020, 11:24 PM

New York AG sues Catholic Diocese of Buffalo over sexual abuse allegations

The NY attorney general sued the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and former leaders alleging they failed to adequately investigate sexual abuse claims of minors by priests.
November 23, 2020, 11:24 PM
New York AG sues Catholic Diocese of Buffalo over sexual abuse allegations
November 23, 2020, 3:52 PM

Pope book backs George Floyd protests, blasts virus skeptic

Pope Francis is supporting demands for racial justice in the wake of the U.S. police killing of George Floyd and is blasting COVID-19 skeptics and the media that spread their conspiracies
November 23, 2020, 3:52 PM
November 21, 2020, 9:57 PM

Pope: Involve poor people in planning post-pandemic economy

Pope Francis urged young economists, entrepreneurs and business leaders.
November 21, 2020, 9:57 PM
November 17, 2020, 8:49 AM

Takeaways from Vatican's McCarrick report as US bishops meet

U.S. Catholic bishops are meeting this week for their annual fall assembly, with the Vatican report into the rise and fall of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick one of their main topics for discussion
November 17, 2020, 8:49 AM
Takeaways from Vatican's McCarrick report as US bishops meet
November 15, 2020, 7:11 PM

In a moment of turmoil, US Catholic bishops meet virtually

Catholic bishops open a national meeting Monday under dramatic circumstances.
November 15, 2020, 7:11 PM
November 13, 2020, 9:18 PM

Polish bishops defend John Paul II after McCarrick report

Polish bishops are defending St. John Paul II against evidence he rejected reports that ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick slept with his seminarians
November 13, 2020, 9:18 PM
Polish bishops defend John Paul II after McCarrick report
November 12, 2020, 9:31 AM

Vatican's McCarrick report forces debate on power and abuse

The Vatican’s report into ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has raised uncomfortable issues the Holy See will have to confront going forward, chief among them what it will do about current and future clergy who use their power to sexually abuse adults
November 12, 2020, 9:31 AM
Vatican's McCarrick report forces debate on power and abuse
November 11, 2020, 7:42 PM

'It's crushing': Survivors react to McCarrick abuse report

Men who have made allegations of abuse by former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick expressed shock, outrage and anger after an internal Vatican report revealed the scale of what was known about the clergyman’s behavior and what was ignored
November 11, 2020, 7:42 PM
November 11, 2020, 3:06 PM

Pope Francis vows to end sexual abuse after McCarrick report

Pope Francis is vowing to rid the Catholic Church of sexual abuse and offering prayers to victims of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick
November 11, 2020, 3:06 PM
Pope Francis vows to end sexual abuse after McCarrick report
November 11, 2020, 5:20 AM

Vatican report reveals Pope John Paul II knew of sexual abuse allegations

Despite knowing about extensive sexual abuse allegations against Theodore McCarrick, Pope John Paul II still promoted him to archbishop and then cardinal.
November 11, 2020, 5:20 AM
Vatican report reveals Pope John Paul II knew of sexual abuse allegations
November 10, 2020, 10:40 PM

Vatican faults others for McCarrick's rise, spares Francis

A Vatican investigation of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has found that bishops, cardinals and popes downplayed or dismissed multiple reports of sexual misconduct
November 10, 2020, 10:40 PM
Vatican faults many for McCarrick's rise but spares pope
November 10, 2020, 7:13 PM

The Latest: McCarrick accuser sees comfort in Vatican report

A Virginia man who accuses former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of sexually abusing him says he finds some comfort in the Vatican’s release of a report about the former prelate
November 10, 2020, 7:13 PM
US church leaders react to McCarrick report
November 10, 2020, 7:00 PM

Vatican report reveals news details regarding former cardinal's misconduct

A new Vatican report describes how hierarchy in the Catholic Church either downplayed or dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick throughout his career.
November 10, 2020, 7:00 PM
Vatican report reveals news details regarding former cardinal's misconduct
1 month ago

Vatican OKs probe of sex abuse coverup by Polish bishop

The Vatican has ordered an investigation into allegations that a now-retired archbishop in Poland was negligent in investigating reports of sex abuse of minors by priests in his Gdansk archdiocese
1 month ago
Vatican OKs probe of sex abuse coverup by Polish bishop
1 month ago

Vatican breaks silence, explains pope's civil union comments

The Vatican says Pope Francis’ comments on gay civil unions were taken out of context in a documentary that spliced together parts of an old interview, but it still confirms Francis’ belief that gay couples should enjoy legal protections
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Vatican breaks silence, explains pope's civil union comments
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Maskless pope blames 'this lady called COVID' for distance

Pope Francis has blamed “this lady called COVID” for forcing him to keep his distance from the faithful during his general audience, which was far smaller than usual amid soaring coronavirus infections in Italy
1 month ago
Maskless pope blames 'this lady called COVID' for distance
1 month ago

Pope names Wilton Gregory as America's 1st African American cardinal

The archbishop of Washington, D.C., will become the highest-ranking African American prelate in the nation.
1 month ago
Pope names Wilton Gregory as America's 1st African American cardinal
1 month ago

Pope and Spain's prime minister visit maskless at Vatican

The Vatican has had a rash of COVID-19 infections confirmed in recent days.
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Media report pope met COVID-19 infected bishop at Vatican

Australian media report Pope Francis has been warned of potential exposure to COVID-19 after a Vatican diplomat was infected
1 month ago
Media report Pope met COVID-19 infected bishop at Vatican
1 month ago

Mexico broadcaster: Pope's civil union quote not broadcast

A Mexican TV broadcaster is confirming that Pope Francis’ bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions were made during a May 2019 interview that was never broadcast in its entirety
1 month ago
Plot thickens over origins of pope's civil union endorsement
1 month ago

Clergy member breaks down impact of the pope’s support for same-sex civil unions

“He is changing the tone, the approach and the conversation,” Jesuit priest and author James Martin said about Pope Francis.
1 month ago
Clergy member breaks down impact of the pope’s support for same-sex civil unions
1 month ago

Pope Francis voices support of same sex civil unions for gay couples

For the first time in the Catholic church’s history the pope took a major departure from the position of the Vatican’s own teachings.
1 month ago
Pope Francis voices support of same sex civil unions for gay couples
1 month ago

Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions

Pope Francis has become the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions
1 month ago
Pope endorses same-sex civil unions in new documentary film
1 month ago

Pope reverts to mask-less old ways amid growing criticism

Pope Francis is back to his mask-less old ways a day after donning a face mask for the first time during a liturgical service
1 month ago
Pope reverts back to mask-less old ways at indoor audience
1 month ago

Pope removes Polish bishop accused of sex abuse cover-up

The Polish bishop who was kicked out of his diocese a few months ago.
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2 months ago

Vatican trial for sex abuse in pope's youth seminary opens

A trial has opened in the Vatican’s criminal tribunal for two priests, one accused of sexually abusing an altar boy in the Vatican’s youth seminary and the other of covering it up
2 months ago
Vatican trial for sex abuse in pope's youth seminary opens
2 months ago

Pope warmly greets redeemed Cardinal Pell after abuse trial

Pope Francis has met with Cardinal George Pell, warmly welcoming him for a private audience in the Apostolic Palace after the cardinal’s sex abuse conviction and acquittal in Australia
2 months ago
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Vatican putting 2 priests on trial accused of abuse, coverup

Two priests are going on trial in the Vatican’s criminal tribunal this week, one accused of sexually abusing an altar boy who served at papal Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica, and the other accused of covering it up
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4 Swiss Guards test positive as COVID-19 penetrates Vatican

The Vatican says the coronavirus has hit the Swiss Guards: Four have tested positive for the coronavirus and were showing symptoms
2 months ago
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Pope in TED talk: Earth cannot be squeezed 'like an orange’

Pope Francis issued an urgent call to action to defend the planet, help the poor
2 months ago
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Italian teenage computer whiz beatified by Catholic Church

A 15-year-old who died of leukemia has moved a step closer to possible sainthood
2 months ago
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Pope commits to clean finances amid scandal in backyard

Pope Francis has told European anti-money laundering experts that the Vatican was committed to “clean finance” amid a spiraling corruption investigation within the heart of the Holy See
2 months ago
Pope commits to clean finances amid scandal in backyard
2 months ago

Pope Francis says trickle-down economic policies don't work amid the pandemic

Pope Francis blasted trickle down economic policies that favor the rich, saying the pandemic has shown that these efforts do not work.
2 months ago
Pope Francis says trickle-down economic policies don't work amid the pandemic
2 months ago

Pope in 1st post-lockdown outing goes to Assisi to sign text

Francis traveled to the tomb of his nature-loving namesake to sign an encyclical
2 months ago
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Suburban NY diocese files for bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

More than 200 lawsuits have been brought against the diocese since 2019.
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Report finds flaws in Catholic Church abuse-prevention plans

Back in 2002, Roman Catholic bishops in the United States adopted a charter containing guidelines for combating child sex abuse by priests and other church personnel
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Church says Cardinal Pell returning to Vatican in crisis

Pell has not been at Vatican since he was cleared of child sex crimes.
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Sculpture of John Paul II with rock, red water makes waves

Statue depicts the late pope St. John Paul II throwing a boulder into red water.
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German bishops set up system for larger sex abuse payments

The Catholic Church in Germany is setting up a new system to compensate survivors of sexual abuse by clergy that will provide for payments ranging up to about $58,400 per person
2 months ago
Bishops set up system for larger sex abuse payments
2 months ago

Pope seeks to 'liberate' Virgin Mary from the Mafia

Pope Francis has given his blessing to a new Vatican think tank that is seeking to prevent the Mafia and organized crime groups from exploiting the image of the Virgin Mary for their own illicit ends
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Pope uses mask, sanitizer as he appeals for public health

Pope Francis appealed for the faithful to look out for the health of others.
3 months ago
Pope uses mask, sanitizer as he appeals for public health
3 months ago

Detroit priest denies abuse, gets $125K in lawsuit deal

A Detroit priest who says he was defamed by a police officer in an investigation of alleged sexual abuse has settled a lawsuit against her for $125,000
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Pope on Hiroshima: Possession of nuclear weapons "immoral"

Pope Francis has marked the 75th anniversary of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima by calling for peace and repeating that not only the use of atomic weapons but their mere possession is immoral
4 months ago
Pope on Hiroshima: Possession of nuclear weapons 'immoral'
4 months ago

Report: Retired Pope Benedict XVI ill after visit to Germany

A German newspaper is reporting that Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has fallen ill after his return from a trip to his native Bavaria to visit his brother, who died a month ago
4 months ago
Report: Retired Pope Benedict XVI ill after visit to Germany