Roman Catholicism

Pope Francis caresses a child as he arrives in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican for his weekly general audience, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
August 02, 2018 - 6:52 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has changed church teaching about the death penalty, saying in a new policy published Thursday that it is always "inadmissible" because it "attacks" the inherent dignity of all humans. The Vatican said Francis had approved a change to the Catechism of the Catholic...
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August 01, 2018 - 5:57 pm
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says sex abuse allegations against the ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick raise serious questions about how the alleged abuse remained a secret for decades. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo said in a statement Wednesday that U.S. bishops will "find the...
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Pope Francis poses with nuns for a family photo at the end of his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Pope Francis has returned from a month's vacation, blasting the "idols" of money, drugs and vanity that he said distract people from God and render them blind to love. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
August 01, 2018 - 5:56 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has returned from a month's vacation, blasting the "idols" of money, drugs and vanity that he said distract people from God and render them blind to love. Francis resumed his weekly catechism lessons Wednesday, telling his weekly general audience that the "...
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FILE - In this Sunday, April 1, 2018 file photo, nuns are silhouetted in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Some nuns are now finding their voices, buoyed by the #MeToo movement and the growing recognition that adults can be victims of sexual abuse when there is an imbalance of power in a relationship. The sisters are going public in part because of years of inaction by church leaders, even after major studies on the problem in Africa were reported to the Vatican in the 1990s. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
July 30, 2018 - 4:53 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The largest association of Roman Catholic nuns in the United States is urging its members to report any sexual abuse of religious sisters by clergy and demanded that church authorities "take action to end a culture of silence, hold abusers accountable and provide support to...
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Pope Francis waves to faithful from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the Angelus noon prayer at the Vatican, Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
July 30, 2018 - 10:39 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of an Australian archbishop convicted in criminal court of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest, taking action after coming under mounting pressure from ordinary Catholics, priests and even the Australian prime...
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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, Pope Francis reaches out to hug Cardinal Archbishop emeritus Theodore McCarrick after the Midday Prayer of the Divine with more than 300 U.S. Bishops at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. Pope Francis has accepted U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick's offer to resign from the College of Cardinals following allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an 11-year-old boy, and ordered him to conduct a "life of prayer and penance" in a home to be designated by the pontiff until a church trial is held, the Vatican said Saturday. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via AP, Pool, File)
July 28, 2018 - 9:07 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the sex abuse allegations surrounding U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick (all times local): 1:30 p.m. A Virginia man who says he was sexually abused for decades by Theodore McCarrick said Saturday that he's pleased by news that Pope Francis accepted the cardinal's...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 4, 2015, file photo, Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick speaks during a memorial service in South Bend, Ind. Pope Francis has accepted U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick's offer to resign from the College of Cardinals following allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an 11-year-old boy, and ordered him to conduct a "life of prayer and penance" in a home to be designated by the pontiff until a church trial is held, the Vatican said Saturday, July 28, 2018. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
July 28, 2018 - 2:07 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a move seen as unprecedented, Pope Francis has effectively stripped U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick of his cardinal's title following allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an 11-year-old boy. The Vatican announced Saturday that Francis ordered McCarrick to...
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