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July 8, 2020, 12:28 PM

Mourners attend funeral mass for retired pope's brother

A memorial mass has been held in Germany for the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI
July 8, 2020, 12:28 PM
Mourners attend funeral mass for retired pope's brother
June 26, 2020, 8:35 AM

Pope moves against Polish bishop accused of hiding predators

Pope Francis has ordered a Polish bishop to leave his central diocese while he is under investigation for covering up cases of sexual abuse that were featured in a second clergy abuse documentary that has rocked Poland’s Catholic Church
June 26, 2020, 8:35 AM
Pope moves against Polish bishop accused of hiding predators
June 24, 2020, 12:33 PM

Pope prays for Mexico after powerful quake

Pope Francis is praying for victims of a powerful earthquake that struck southern Mexico
June 24, 2020, 12:33 PM
Pope prays for Mexico after powerful earthquake
1 month ago

Argentine bishop resumes work as Vatican abuse probe wraps

An Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis has gone back to work at the Holy See’s financial administration office while under investigation in his native Argentina and at the Vatican for alleged sexual abuse
1 month ago
Bishop resumes work as Vatican abuse probe wraps
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Pope sends strong message to US Catholics after Floyd death

George Floyd’s killing at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis and the global protests that followed might normally have drawn a muted diplomatic response from the Vatican
1 month ago
Pope sends strong message to US Catholics after Floyd death
2 months ago

St. Cloud diocese in Minnesota to pay abuse victims $22.5M

A settlement agreement says the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Cloud in Minnesota will pay sexual abuse victims $22.5 million and file for bankruptcy
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Archdiocese files for bankruptcy amid clergy abuse costs

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans says it is seeking federal bankruptcy protection amid growing legal costs related to sexual abuse by priests
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Vatican closes latest probe into girl's 1983 disappearance

The Vatican has formally closed its latest investigation into the 1983 disappearance of an employee’s 15-year-old daughter
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Child sex abuse in Pakistan's religious schools is endemic

A young Pakistani boy proudly writes his name, one letter at a time, grinning broadly as he finishes
3 months ago
Child sex abuse in Pakistan's religious schools is endemic
3 months ago

Australian cardinal links corruption to child abuse charges

Cardinal George Pell is linking his fight against corruption in the Vatican with his prosecution in Australia for alleged child sex abuse
3 months ago
Australian cardinal links corruption to child abuse charges
3 months ago

Pope urges solidarity on an Easter of both joy, virus sorrow

Pope Francis is calling for solidarity the world over to confront the “epochal challenge” posed by the coronavirus pandemic
3 months ago
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Traveling minister accused of sexual misconduct with boys

A traveling minister accused of sexual misconduct involving teenage boys has been arrested in South Carolina
3 months ago
Traveling minister accused of sexual misconduct with boys
3 months ago

Pope creates new expert commission to study women deacons

The Vatican says Pope Francis has created a new commission of experts to examine whether women can be deacons, an ordained role in the Catholic Church currently reserved for men
3 months ago
Pope creates new expert commission to study women deacons
4 months ago

Vatican confirms 1st virus case as pope recovers from cold

A Vatican spokesman has confirmed the walled city-state's first case of the new coronavirus
4 months ago
Vatican confirms 1st virus case as pope recovers from cold
4 months ago

Pope sick a 2nd day with apparent cold, cancels audiences

Pope Francis has canceled his official audiences.
4 months ago
Pope sick a 2nd day with apparent cold, cancels audiences
4 months ago

Pope cancels audiences for 3rd day with apparent cold

The Pope has never canceled so many official audiences or events before.
4 months ago
Pope cancels audiences for third day with apparent cold
5 months ago

Catholic Diocese of Buffalo declares bankruptcy, looks to settle almost 250 child sex abuse lawsuits

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has $100 million in liabilities and almost 250 Child Victims Act lawsuits filed against them.
5 months ago
Catholic Diocese of Buffalo declares bankruptcy, looks to settle child abuse lawsuits
5 months ago

Pope cancels visit with Rome priests for 'slight' illness

The Vatican said the 83-year-old pontiff had a “slight indisposition".
5 months ago
Pope cancels visit with Rome priests for 'slight' illness
5 months ago

Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie

Five suspects are scheduled to be tried next month.
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Vatican sees intense interest in opening of Pius XII archive

More than 150 historians and researchers have signed up to access the soon-to-open Vatican archives of Pope Pius XII
5 months ago
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Pope avoids question of married priests in Amazon document

Francis has declined to approve the ordination of married men.
5 months ago
Pope avoids question of married priests in Amazon document
5 months ago

Vatican seeks to explain absence of aide after book scandal

The Vatican is seeking to explain the absence of a longtime Vatican official from Pope Francis' team following his role in a controversial book co-written by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI
5 months ago
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Pope's Amazon document due Wednesday amid married priest row

Pope Francis will release his eagerly awaited document on the Amazon next Wednesday, with attention focused on whether he will approve calls by the region's bishops to ordain married men to address a priest shortage there
5 months ago
Pope's Amazon document due Wednesday amid married priest row
6 months ago

Cardinal at center of 2 Popes storm doubles down on celibacy

He argues that the Catholic priesthood is incompatible with marriage.
6 months ago
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Vatican urges visiting Iraqi president to protect Christians

The Holy See said the meetings focused on promoting peace and security in Iraq.
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Vatican rejoins financial intelligence network after raid

A global network of financial intelligence units has readmitted the Holy See after a two-month suspension
6 months ago
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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
6 months ago
Legion vows to investigate Vatican over cover-up of abused little girls
6 months ago

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
6 months ago
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Vatican tamps down clamor over Benedict's new celibacy book

Pope Francis is weighing whether to allow married men to be ordained.
6 months ago
2 popes at odds over celibate priesthood ahead of bombshell book
6 months ago

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

"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
6 months ago
Pope negotiates papal kiss after controversy: 'Don't bite!'
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Pope prays for Australians, expresses solidarity amid fires

Pope Francis is asking for prayers for Australia as it copes with devastating fires
6 months ago
Pope prays for Australians, expresses solidarity amid fires
6 months ago

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

Pope Francis is advising people to reject “the god of money," consumerism, pleasure and success
6 months ago
Pope: Reject 'god of money,' focus on serving others
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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
6 months ago
Governments must ensure all have access to health care: Pope
6 months ago

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.
6 months ago
Pope Francis apologizes
6 months ago

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.
6 months ago
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.
6 months ago
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.
6 months ago
New year’s apology from Pope Francis
6 months ago

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
6 months ago
Pope Francis equates violence against women to profaning God
7 months ago

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
7 months ago
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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
7 months ago
Pope abolishes 'pontifical secret' in clergy sex abuse cases
7 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.
7 months ago
Scandal-plagued Buffalo Bishop resigns following Vatican review of his diocese
7 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
7 months ago
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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.
8 months ago
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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
8 months ago
Vatican financial watchdog now a ‘shell’ after police raid
8 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
8 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
8 months ago
Global debate gets underway over married Catholic priests
9 months ago

After bishops call for married priests, pope urges new ways

He also cautioned against self-righteousness, an apparent slap at his critics.
9 months ago