• Pope Francis Nov 30, 2020

    Pope Elevates 13 New Cardinals Then Puts Them in Their Place

    Pope Francis has raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy during a formal ceremony marked from beginning to end by the coronavirus pandemic

  • Mayor Nov 15, 2019

    Italy Declares State of Emergency in Venice After High Tides

    Italy’s government declared a state of emergency Thursday in flood-ravaged Venice, seeking to release funds to repair the historic lagoon city after it was damaged by the highest tide in 50 years. A cabinet meeting approved a special decree that included 20 million euros ($21.7 million) in immediate financial aid aimed at helping the city recover. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 18, 2019

    Most Overrated? Mattis Laughs Off Trump Barb at Charity Gala

    Former U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis is laughing off an insult hurled at him by President Donald Trump. Speaking at a New York charity event Thursday the day after Trump demeaned him as “the world’s most overrated general,” Mattis joked that he took it as a compliment. “I’m not just an overrated general. I’m the greatest, the world’s most overrated,”...

  • Meghan Markle Sep 25, 2019

    Baby Archie Makes Rare Public Appearance in South Africa

    Baby Archie made a rare public appearance on Wednesday as his parents, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, continued their first official tour as a family in South Africa. Meghan held Archie as the royal couple met with Nobel Peace Prize winner and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town. The youngest member of Britain’s royal family had been...

  • JUDGE Aug 21, 2019

    Australian Court Upholds Sex Abuse Verdict of Cardinal Pell

    An Australian appeals court Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, in a decision cheered by scores of abuse survivors and victims’ advocates demonstrating outside the court. A unanimous jury in December found Pope Francis’ former finance minister guilty of molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s...

  • Indiana Jun 24, 2019

    Indiana School Firing Gay Teacher to Keep Archdiocese Ties

    The Indianapolis archbishop has forced a Catholic high school to fire a gay teacher, just days after another school in the city defied a similar order despite church officials saying they would no longer recognize it as Catholic.

  • California Jun 23, 2019

    Greek Orthodox Church in US Gets 1st New Leader in 20 Years

    The Greek Orthodox church of the United States, a far-flung denomination of 1.5-million members, on Saturday installed its first new leader in 20 years — a lifelong European whose top priority is completing construction of a shrine in New York City linked to the Sept. 11 attacks. Elpidophoros Lambriniadis, 51, a native of Istanbul and a longtime theology professor in...

  • California Jun 11, 2019

    Prosecutors Crack Down on Clergy Abuse as Bishops Gather

    Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses. They’re looking to prosecute, and not just priests. If the boxes lining the hallways of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s offices contain enough evidence, she said, she...

  • California May 15, 2019

    Victims Sue Vatican for Names of All Clergy Accused of Abuse

    A Minnesota lawsuit seeks to force the Vatican to release the names and files of all clergy worldwide accused of abuse. The plaintiffs are five men, all survivors of clergy abuse, including three brothers who say their abuser is former St. Paul priest.

  • California May 15, 2019

    Lawsuit Seeks to Hold Vatican at Fault for Abuse by US Priests

    Three brothers who were sexually abused by a priest from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Vatican, claiming the Holy See bears responsibility because the case was mishandled by former Archbishop John Nienstedt and the Vatican’s former ambassador to the United States. The lawsuit attempts to trace a direct line from clergy...

  • spokesman Apr 28, 2019

    With Churches Shut After Bombs, Sri Lankans Hear Mass on TV

    The effects of Sri Lanka’s Easter suicide bombings reverberated across two faiths Sunday, with Catholics shut out of their churches for fear of new attacks, left with only a televised Mass, and Muslim women ordered to stop wearing veils in public. Many across the nation knelt before their televisions as Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, delivered a homily...

  • leader Apr 28, 2019

    ISIS Claims 3 Militants Who Blew Up During Sri Lanka Raid

    Sri Lanka’s Catholics on Sunday awoke preparing to celebrate Mass in their homes by a televised broadcast as churches across the island nation shut over fears of militant attacks, a week after the Islamic State-claimed Easter suicide bombings killed over 250 people. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, prepared for services that would be carried on TV, an extraordinary...

  • Associated Press Apr 25, 2019

    As Sri Lanka Mourns, ISIS Claims Easter Bombings

    As the death toll from the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 321 on Tuesday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the attackers, while the country’s prime minister warned that several suspects armed with explosives are still at large. Another top government official said the suicide bombings at the churches, hotels and...

  • Associated Press Apr 22, 2019

    Sri Lanka Gov't Was Warned About Bombing Threats: Officials

    An extremist group had threatened bombings in Sri Lanka before explosions killed more than 250 people there on Easter Sunday, according to the health minister. he said intergovernmental strife was to blame for the lack of response.

  • China Apr 23, 2019

    Sri Lanka Military Gets Special Powers After Deadly Bombings

    Sri Lanka’s president gave the military sweeping police powers starting Tuesday in the wake of the Easter bombings that killed nearly 300 people, while officials disclosed that intelligence agencies had warned weeks ago of the possibility of an attack by the radical Muslim group blamed for the bloodshed. The suicide bombings struck three churches and three luxury hotels Sunday in...

  • spokesman Apr 19, 2019

    Fire-Ravaged Notre Dame Now Stabilized, Firefighters Leave

    Architects and construction workers have now stabilized the damaged structure of Notre Dame cathedral, four days after a fast-spreading fire ravaged the iconic Paris building, and firefighters will leave the site Friday night, a fire brigade spokesman said. “There is no more risk the edifice’s walls could fall down,” Lt. Col. Gabriel Plus told The Associated Press, adding that firefighters...

  • NBC Apr 17, 2019

    What's Next After Notre Dame Blaze

    Paris is in recovery mode after a massive blaze burned down parts of its famed Notre Dame cathedral.

  • DONALD TRUMP Apr 16, 2019

    Notre Dame's Age, Design Fueled Fire and Foiled Firefighters

    Is there anything firefighters could have done to control the blaze that tore through Paris’ historic Notre Dame Cathedral sooner? Experts say the combination of a structure that’s more than 850 years old, built with heavy timber construction and soaring open spaces, and lacking sophisticated fire-protection systems led to the quick rise of flames Monday, which jeopardized the entire cathedral...

  • spokesman Apr 17, 2019

    Macron: France to Rebuild Notre Dame ‘Even More Beautifully'

    French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Tuesday to rebuild Paris’ beloved Notre Dame Cathedral “even more beautifully” after a raging fire destroyed its spire and its roof but spared most of the structure, including the church’s twin medieval bell towers. Macron said he wanted to see the renovation of the beloved Roman Catholic architectural landmark completed within five years.

  • DONALD TRUMP Apr 16, 2019

    Around World, ‘Our Hearts Ache' at Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

    All around the world, people were united in grief and shock as a fire engulfed the historic Notre Dame cathedral in the heart of Paris, NBC News reports. Nicolas Marang, 47, has lived in Paris for more than 25 years and told NBC News he was running along the Seine River when he saw the smoke, which looked like a...

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