• United States April 11, 2019 6:36 pm

    Retired Pope Benedict Wades Into Clergy Sex Abuse Debate

    Retired Pope Benedict XVI has published an analysis on the Catholic Church’s clergy sex abuse scandal, blaming it on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and church laws that protected priests. The essay immediately raised eyebrows, seeming to interfere with or even contradict Pope Francis’ own efforts to confront one of the most critical issues facing the church. One church...

  • New York City February 16, 2019 11:52 pm

    Vatican Defrocks Former US Cardinal McCarrick Over Sex Abuse

    Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and defrocked, as calls rose Saturday for Pope Francis to reveal what he knew about the once-powerful American prelate’s apparently decades-long predatory sexual behavior. The announcement Saturday, delivered in uncharacteristically blunt language for the Vatican, meant that the 88-year-old McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, D.C.,...

  • Europe February 6, 2019 1:06 am

    Pope Publicly Acknowledges Clergy Sexual Abuse of Nuns

    Pope Francis on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and vowed to do more to fight the problem, the latest sign that there is no end in sight to the Catholic Church’s abuse crisis — and that it now has a reckoning from the #MeToo movement. Francis admitted to the problem for the first...

  • Associated Press February 5, 2019 2:36 pm

    Pope Francis Celebrates Historic Mass in Arabian Peninsula

    Pope Francis ministered on Tuesday to the thriving Catholic community in the United Arab Emirates as he concluded his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with the first-ever papal Mass here and a call for his flock to remain meek in following God. A day after making a broad appeal for Christian and Muslim leaders to work together to promote...

  • Associated Press February 4, 2019 10:57 pm

    Pope Francis Welcomed By the UAE

    Pope Francis landed in the United Arab Emirates for a brief visit that will culminate with a papal mass on Tuesday. He is the first pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula.

  • head October 7, 2018 4:03 pm

    Vatican Defends Pope Against ‘Blasphemous' Cover-Up Claims

    A top Vatican cardinal issued a scathing rebuke Sunday of the ambassador who accused Pope Francis of covering up the sexual misconduct of a prominent American cardinal, saying his claims were a “blasphemous” political hit job. Six weeks after Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano threw the papacy into turmoil over his claims about ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the head of the Vatican’s...

  • New Jersey October 6, 2018 9:06 pm

    Pope OKs Study of Vatican Archives Into McCarrick Scandal

    Pope Francis has authorized a “thorough study” of Vatican archives into how a former Archbishop of Washington, D.C., Theodore McCarrick advanced through church ranks despite allegations that he slept with seminarians and young priests, the Vatican said Saturday.

  • BOSTON September 28, 2018 11:52 am

    Accuser Denounces Pope's Silence Over Abuse Cover-Up Claims

    The former Vatican ambassador who accused three popes and their advisers of covering up for a disgraced American ex-cardinal has challenged the Vatican to say what it knows about the scandal and accused Pope Francis of mounting a campaign of “subtle slander” against him. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano penned a new missive a month after his initial 11-page document sent...

  • Houston September 13, 2018 10:24 pm

    Pope OKs Probe Into US Bishop Over Sex Harassment Claims

    A delegation of U.S. Catholic cardinals and bishops met Thursday with Pope Francis as a new bombshell dropped in the Catholic Church’s long-running sex abuse and cover-up scandal. Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignation of a West Virginia bishop, Michael Bransfield, and at the same time authorized a fellow bishop to investigate allegations that Bransfield sexually harassed adults, officials...

  • New York September 11, 2018 12:18 am

    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 September 8, 2018 4:03 pm

    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...

  • Catholic Church May 31, 2018 11:24 pm

    Never Again: Pope Denounces ‘Culture of Abuse, Cover-Up'

    Pope Francis became the first pope to publicly denounce a “culture of abuse and cover-up” in the Catholic Church, saying Thursday he was ashamed that neither he nor Chile’s Catholic leaders truly ever listened to victims as the country’s abuse scandal spiraled. “Never again,” Francis said in a pastoral letter to the Chilean faithful on the eve of another weekend...

  • General January 17, 2018 4:39 am

    Pope Meets With Abuse Survivors, Weeps With Them in Chile

    Pope Francis met on Tuesday with survivors of priests who sexually abused them, wept with them and apologized for the “irreparable damage” they suffered, his spokesman said. The pontiff also acknowledged the “pain” of priests who have been held collectively responsible for the crimes of a few, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told reporters at the end of the day.

  • General January 16, 2018 3:16 am

    In Chile, Pope Met With Protests, Passion and Skepticism

    Pope Francis flew in to Chile’s capital Monday night for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply skeptical about the Roman Catholic Church. It’s the pope’s first visit to the Andean nation of 17 million people since taking the reins of the church in 2013. It comes at...

  • Facebook November 28, 2017 2:56 pm

    Pope Demands Rights for All in Myanmar, Omits ‘Rohingya'

    Pope Francis insisted Tuesday that Myanmar’s future depends on respecting the rights of each ethnic group, an indirect show of support for Rohingya Muslims who have been subject to decades of discrimination and a recent military crackdown described by the U.N. as a textbook campaign of “ethnic cleansing.” Francis didn’t cite the crackdown or even utter the contested word “Rohingya”...

  • Russia October 26, 2017 8:09 pm

    Pope Calls Space, Takes Small Step for Vatican-Russian Ties

    Pope Francis took a small step toward improved Vatican-Russian relations Thursday when he chatted with Russian cosmonauts and praised their understanding of love during a telephone call with the International Space Station. Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli played translator during the roughly 20-minute call that was interrupted once when the line dropped at the orbiting laboratory. Like a curious child, Francis...

  • Russia July 25, 2017 8:15 pm

    ‘Burrito of Awesomeness': Astronaut Captures Timelapse of Aurora Borealis

    NASA Astronaut Jack Fischer captured this timelapse video of the aurora borealis while aboard the International Space Station. The video, taken 250 miles above Earth and at a speed of 17,500 mph, was posted on Fischer’s Twitter account July 21.

  • Europe July 2, 2017 12:25 am

    Pope Pushes Out German Hardliner, Choses New Doctrine Chief

    Pope Francis on Saturday pushed out the Vatican’s conservative doctrine chief, tapping a deputy instead to lead the powerful congregation that handles sex abuse cases and guarantees Catholic orthodoxy around the world....
    Francis and German Cardinal Gerhard Mueller had clashed, most recently over the pope’s cautious opening to letting civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion. Mueller had insisted they cannot, given church...

  • Francis August 2, 2016 11:43 pm

    Pope: It's ‘Terrible' Children Are Taught They Can Choose Gender

    Pope Francis has lamented that children are being taught at school that gender can be a choice, adding that his predecessor, Benedict XVI, has labeled current times “the epoch of sin against God the Creator.” Francis weighed in with his view on gender and what he said was that of the emeritus pontiff while meeting privately last week with bishops...

  • journalist July 1, 2016 9:39 pm

    Retired Pope Offers First-Ever Assessment of His Own Papacy

    Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is offering a first-ever assessment of his own pontificate in a book that recounts his decision to resign, his surprise at his successor and his attempts to dismantle what he calls the Vatican’s “gay lobby.” “Benedict XVI: The Final Conversations,” is due out in September, the latest book-length interview that Benedict has conducted with German journalist...

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