• June 27, 2014   BY  

    The Vatican announced Friday that former Archbishop Josef Wesolowski has been dismissed from the clerical state after being found guilty of sexual abuse by a church tribunal. Wesolowski, a former apostolic nuncio, or papal diplomat, to the Dominican Republic, is the highest-ranking Vatican official to receive such a sentence. Continue reading

  • May 26, 2014  

    Juggling the political and religious rivalries between Israel and the Palestinians during his trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis called on Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres to join him at the Vatican for prayer and reflection. Jeffrey Brown gets insight into how the Pope navigated his trip from Nicholas Casey of The Wall Street Journal, reporting from Jerusalem. Continue reading

  • April 25, 2014  

    Catholics from around the world converged in Rome ahead of the historic canonization of the 20th century’s most loved pontiffs. Pope John Paul II, who stood as a firm opponent to communism at the height of the Cold War, and John XXIII, the so-called “good pope” who is best known for convening reforms under the Second Vatican Council, will be declared saints in Saint Peter’s Square. Continue reading

  • April 20, 2014  

    On April 27, Pope Francis will hold an unprecedented ceremony at the Vatican: a double canonization of two former popes. What’s the significance of this event? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Rachel Zoll, the religion writer for the Associated Press, about the specifics behind the decision to turn both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II into saints. Continue reading

  • April 20, 2014  

    Millions of Christians marked Easter Sunday in various forms with both Catholic and Orthodox celebrations landing on the same day. From the Vatican to Nigeria, Christians found ways to commemorate the end of the Holy Week, which celebrates the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Continue reading

  • March 27, 2014  

    With public opinion ratings “the envy of every politician in Washington,” Pope Francis received President Obama at the Vatican for an hour-long visit. Gwen Ifill talks to Rev. Thomas Reese of the National Catholic Reporter and Stephen Schneck of the Catholic University of America to make sense of the meeting and assess what unites the pontiff and the president. Continue reading

  • March 27, 2014  

    President Obama and Pope Francis met for the first time during a presidential visit to the Vatican. Accounts of the papal audience emphasized different points: Mr. Obama said they focused largely on their shared interest in topics such as helping the poor, while Vatican officials emphasized areas where their views differ, like the Affordable Care Act mandate on birth control. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

  • March 5, 2014   BY  

    For Catholics, Wednesday marks the start of Lent: a time of reflection, atonement, and heightened humility. This year, the festival will overlap with the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ election – and the Catholic leader is unhappy with the level … Continue reading

  • January 16, 2014  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the Justice Department is expected to revise their definition of racial profiling. The new rules are likely to include religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation. Also, Vatican officials appeared at a UN hearing to answer claims that church leaders have protected pedophile priests. Continue reading

  • December 6, 2013   BY  

    Financial pressures rippling out from the 2008 global financial crisis have put pressure on the Vatican to operate its bank with more transparency. Photo by Getty Images An 11-month investigation by the Financial Times into the Vatican’s bank reinforced what … Continue reading

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