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January 25, 2020, 8:18 PM

Cardinal at center of 2 Popes storm doubles down on celibacy

He argues that the Catholic priesthood is incompatible with marriage.
January 25, 2020, 8:18 PM
January 25, 2020, 7:28 PM

Vatican urges visiting Iraqi president to protect Christians

The Holy See said the meetings focused on promoting peace and security in Iraq.
January 25, 2020, 7:28 PM
January 23, 2020, 4:17 PM

Vatican rejoins financial intelligence network after raid

A global network of financial intelligence units has readmitted the Holy See after a two-month suspension
January 23, 2020, 4:17 PM
January 20, 2020, 10:40 PM

Legion vows probe into cover-up of abused little girls

The Legion of Christ religious order has announced a joint Vatican investigation into the botched handling of a priest who sexually abused girls as young as 6 and suffered no punishment
January 20, 2020, 10:40 PM
Legion vows to investigate Vatican over cover-up of abused little girls
January 15, 2020, 1:42 PM

Pope names 1st woman manager in Vatican Secretariat of State

Pope Francis has tapped an Italian lawyer to be the first woman to hold a management position in the Vatican’s most important office, the Secretariat of State
January 15, 2020, 1:42 PM
January 14, 2020, 12:05 AM

Vatican tamps down clamor over Benedict's new celibacy book

Pope Francis is weighing whether to allow married men to be ordained.
January 14, 2020, 12:05 AM
2 popes at odds over celibate priesthood ahead of bombshell book
January 12, 2020, 10:27 AM

Pope baptizes 32 babies in Sistine Chapel, marvels at quiet

Pope Francis has baptized 32 babies, including two sets of twins, in the splendor of the Sistine Chapel
January 12, 2020, 10:27 AM
January 9, 2020, 11:36 AM

Pope warns of risks from US-Iran tensions in policy speech

Pope Francis is warning that increasing tensions between the U.S. and Iran are setting the stage for a broader conflict in the Mideast while jeopardizing efforts to rebuild Iraq
January 9, 2020, 11:36 AM
Pope warns of risks from US-Iran tensions in policy speech
January 8, 2020, 12:50 PM

"Don't bite!" Pope negotiates papal kiss after controversy

Pope Francis has cautiously waded back into the crowds after video of him slapping away the hand of an overly enthusiastic pilgrim went viral and sparked a papal apology
January 8, 2020, 12:50 PM
Pope negotiates papal kiss after controversy: 'Don't bite!'
January 8, 2020, 11:10 AM

Pope prays for Australians, expresses solidarity amid fires

Pope Francis is asking for prayers for Australia as it copes with devastating fires
January 8, 2020, 11:10 AM
Pope prays for Australians, expresses solidarity amid fires
January 6, 2020, 9:19 PM

Pope: Reject "god of money," focus on serving others

Pope Francis is advising people to reject “the god of money," consumerism, pleasure and success
January 6, 2020, 9:19 PM
Pope: Reject 'god of money,' focus on serving others
1 month ago

Pope: Governments must ensure all have access to health care

Pope Francis is calling for governments to ensure that everyone has access to suitable health care
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Governments must ensure all have access to health care: Pope
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Pope Francis apologizes

The pontiff is apologizing after a video showed him slapping a woman’s hand away. He urged a message of patience in his New Year’s Day remarks. ABC News’ Adrienne Bankert reports.
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Pope Francis apologizes
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Pope Francis grabbed by woman

The Pontiff looked visibly irritated when a woman grabbed his arm, during a New Year's Eve walkabout in St. Peter's Square.
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Pope Francis grabbed by woman
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Pope Francis apologizes for slapping woman's hand after she grabbed him

Pope Francis was pulled off balance by a woman and had to slap her hand in order to free himself during a New Year's Even event in St. Peter’s Square.
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Pope Francis apologizes for slapping woman's hand after she grabbed him
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New year’s apology from Pope Francis

The Pope was seen slapping the hand of a pilgrim who pulled him off-balance on New Year’s Eve.
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New year’s apology from Pope Francis
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Pope Francis equates violence against women to profaning God

Pope Francis is pinning much of his hopes for a more peaceful world on women, saying they should be involved in decision-making
1 month ago
Pope Francis equates violence against women to profaning God
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Pennsylvania dioceses offer $84M to 564 clergy abuse victims

An Associated Press review finds that Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses have paid nearly $84 million to 564 victims of sexual abuse
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Pope denounces 'rigidity' as he warns of Christian decline

"Rigidity" in living out the Christian faith is creating misunderstanding.
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Pope removes shroud of secrecy from clergy sex abuse cases

Pope Francis has abolished the use of the Vatican's highest level of secrecy in clergy sexual abuse cases
1 month ago
Pope abolishes 'pontifical secret' in clergy sex abuse cases
2 months ago

Scandal-plagued Buffalo Bishop resigns following Vatican review of his diocese

Bishop Richard Malone has resigned in the wake of widespread criticism of his handling of allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct by local clergy members.
2 months ago
Scandal-plagued Buffalo Bishop resigns following Vatican review of his diocese
2 months ago

Lawsuit: Ex-Cardinal McCarrick abused boy in Newark in 1990s

A lawsuit alleges that former Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused a teenage boy in the 1990s when he was leader of the archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey
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Pope in Hiroshima: Use and possession of atom bomb ‘immoral’

He is demanding an end to the stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons.
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Vatican financial watchdog now a ‘shell’ after police raid

A board member of the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency is resigning following a controversial Vatican police raid that resulted in the agency’s suspension from the global communications network of financial intelligence units
2 months ago
Vatican financial watchdog now a ‘shell’ after police raid
3 months ago

Bishop who investigated sex abuse accused of sex abuse

A Catholic bishop who was named by the Pope to investigate the church’s response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo, New York, has himself been accused of sexual abuse of a child
3 months ago
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Global debate gets underway over married Catholic priests

Germany's Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops in the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region, but there's less enthusiasm elsewhere for the proposal
3 months ago
Global debate gets underway over married Catholic priests
3 months ago

After bishops call for married priests, pope urges new ways

He also cautioned against self-righteousness, an apparent slap at his critics.
3 months ago
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Pope's Amazon synod proposes married priests, female leaders

Catholic bishops from across the Amazon hope to address the priest shortage.
3 months ago
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Diocese pays $4.4M in abuse compensation to 57 victims

A Pennsylvania diocese has announced a nearly $4.4 million payout to 57 victims of sexual abuse by its clergy and seminarians
3 months ago
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Pope Francis calls for better nutrition access on UN World Food Day

“It is a cruel, unjust and paradoxical reality that, today, there is food for everyone and yet not everyone has access to it,” Francis said in a statement Wednesday.
3 months ago
Pope Francis calls for better nutrition access on UN World Food Day
3 months ago

Pope Francis calls for better nutrition access on UN World Food Day

Pope Francis highlighted nutrition inequality on U.N. World Food Day, pointing out that rich countries and poor countries suffer from obesity for different reasons.
3 months ago
Pope Francis calls for better nutrition access on UN World Food Day
3 months ago

Pope's bodyguard resigns over new financial leaks scandal

The Vatican's latest leaks scandal claimed its first victim Monday, as Pope Francis' chief bodyguard resigned over the leak of a Vatican police flyer identifying five employees who were suspended as part of a financial investigation
3 months ago
Pope's bodyguard resigns over new financial leaks scandal
4 months ago

Pope urges compassion in elevating 13 likeminded cardinals

Pope Francis has added 13 new cardinals to the top of the Catholic hierarchy.
4 months ago
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Pope urges bold action to protect the Amazon amid fires

Pope Francis urged bishops to boldly shake up the status quo as they chart ways to better care for the Amazon and its indigenous people amid threats from forest fires and development
4 months ago
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Pope urges compassion in elevating 13 likeminded cardinals

Pope Francis added 13 new cardinals to the top of the Catholic hierarchy on Saturday, telling them they must show God's compassion to those who suffer to be faithful to their ministry
4 months ago
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Vatican cardinal skeptical about married priests for Amazon

A top Vatican cardinal has expressed skepticism about ordaining married men to address the priest shortage in the Amazon, defending the value of priestly celibacy on the eve of a big Vatican meeting where the issue is officially on the agenda
4 months ago
Vatican cardinal skeptical about married priests for Amazon
4 months ago

Priest who sexually abused boys in Wisconsin gets 30 years

A former priest accused of sexually assaulting young boys in Wisconsin decades ago has been sentenced to 30 years in prison
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Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

There has not been a papal visit to Thailand since 1984.
5 months ago
Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November
5 months ago

Pope warns of economic 'idols' in visit to Mauritius

Thousands of Mauritians waved palm branches as Francis arrived Monday.
5 months ago
Pope honors Mauritius diversity, urges ethnical development
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Pope denounces exploitation of Madagascar's unique resources

Pope Francis has denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of Madagascar's unique natural resources as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation
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'What are they waiting for?': Whistleblowers look to Vatican as embattled Buffalo bishop clings to power

A pair of whistleblowers are calling for the Vatican to act amid a growing scandal surrounding Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo.
5 months ago
'What are they waiting for?': Whistleblowers look to Vatican to act on Buffalo bishop
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US investigation of priest sex abuse produces first charges

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia have charged a former Roman Catholic priest with lying to the FBI about whether he knew an accuser and his family
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Pope on critics: It's 'an honor if the Americans attack me'

Pope Francis acknowledged Wednesday the fierce opposition to him growing within the conservative right-wing of the U.S. Catholic Church, saying it was "an honor if the Americans attack me."
5 months ago
Pope on critics: It's 'an honor if the Americans attack me'
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Pope names 13 new cardinals, including 2 who help migrants

Several picks come from developing countries, like Cuba, Congo and Guatemala.
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Pope rescued by firefighters from elevator

Pope Francis arrived 7 minutes late for his traditional noon appointment with the public in Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Sunday because he was stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes.
5 months ago
Pope rescued by firefighters from elevator
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Where's the pope? Stuck in Vatican elevator until rescue

Pope Francis says he was stuck 25 minutes in a Vatican elevator and had to be rescued by firefighters
5 months ago
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Pope rescued by firefighters after being stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes

Pope Francis arrived 7 minutes late for his traditional noon appointment Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Sunday because he was stuck in an elevator.
5 months ago
Pope rescued by firefighters after being stuck in an elevator
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Hundreds of lawsuits to be filed for old alleged child sexual abuse cases in NY after passage of Child Victims Act

Earlier this year, New York passed the Child Victims Act, which allows claims of sexual abuse from any time period to be brought forth in spite of existing statutes.
5 months ago
Hundreds of lawsuits to be filed for old alleged child sexual abuse cases in NY
6 months ago

Trial for priests accused of abusing deaf Argentine students

Ezequiel Villalonga signs frantically with his hands to express the power he feels after years of suffering now that the priests whom he and other former students at an Argentine institute for the deaf accuse of abuse are finally going to trial
6 months ago
Trial for priests accused of abusing deaf students
6 months ago

Vatican: Bones in our cemetery too old to be missing girl's

The bones were too old to be from a 15-year-old girl who disappeared in 1983.
6 months ago
Decades old Vatican mystery continues after bones determined not to be missing girl's