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World Oct 07Pope seeks ‘courageous’ debate over Amazon priest shortage
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged South American bishops on Monday to speak “courageously” at a high-profile meeting on the Amazon, where the shortage of priests is so acute that the Vatican is considering ordaining married men and…
World Aug 17Italy’s Salvini agrees to let 27 minors off migrant ship
Italy's hard-line interior minister buckled under pressure Saturday and agreed to let 27 unaccompanied minors leave a migrant ship after two weeks at sea, temporarily easing a political standoff that has threatened the viability of the populist government.
World Jun 17Catholic Church considers allowing priests in the Amazon to marry
The Vatican suggested officials study the ordination of men "even if they have stable families, for the region's most remote areas."…
World Jun 10LGBTQ Catholics denounce Vatican’s document on gender identity
The document rejected the idea that people can choose or change their genders and insisted on the sexual "complementarity" of men and women to make babies.
Nation Jun 04AP report: Woman accuses top U.S. cardinal of dismissing sex abuse case
Laura Pontikes, a 55-year-old construction executive in Texas, had been at a low point in her life when she sought spiritual counseling from Monsignor Frank Rossi, the longtime No. 2 official in the Galveston-Houston archdiocese Cardinal Daniel DiNardo heads. Instead,…
World May 09In new church law Pope orders clergy to report abuse — but not necessarily to police
Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities, in a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for…
Nation Apr 04Pope names moderate Wilton Gregory archbishop of Washington D.C.
Gregory, replaces Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who resigned last year after being implicated in covering up sex abuse within the church.
World Apr 02Pope Francis says women have ‘legitimate claims’ for more equality
The pope stopped short of endorsing calls from his own bishops to give women leadership roles.
World Mar 29Pope Francis requires sex abuse allegations be reported to Vatican
The mandatory reporting provision marks the first time the Vatican has put into law requirements for Catholic officials to report allegations of sex crimes.
World Mar 19Pope declined French cardinal’s resignation after sex abuse cover-up conviction
The decision greatly disappointed abuse survivors, given that French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin had traveled to the Vatican on Monday to present his resignation following the March 7 verdict and six-month suspended sentence he received.