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Pope Francis cancels a meeting with Rome deacons because of mild flu, the Vatican says

Feb. 24, 2024 12:53 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has canceled an audience scheduled for Saturday as a precaution after coming down with mild flu, the Vatican press office said in a short statement, without adding further details. Francis was scheduled to meet with Rome deacons in the morning. ...

German bishops to head to Rome after Vatican demands they scrap a vote on contentious lay council

Feb. 23, 2024 16:04 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A delegation of German bishops is expected in Rome soon after the Vatican insisted they scrap a planned vote this week on a controversial proposal to let laypeople participate in a decision-making council alongside bishops. The aborted vote was the latest in years of...

Woman who says she was abused spiritually and sexually by a once-famous Jesuit demands transparency

Feb. 21, 2024 13:20 PM EST

ROME (AP) — One of the first women who accused a once-exalted Jesuit artist of spiritual, psychological and sexual abuse went public Wednesday to demand transparency from the Vatican and a full accounting of the hierarchs who covered for him for 30 years. Gloria Branciani, 59,...

The Vatican's problematic process to address clergy sex abuse cases, explained

Feb. 20, 2024 09:04 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — One afternoon in mid-December, Pope Francis had a meeting that wasn’t on his official agenda or otherwise recorded, that underscored the utter dysfunction of the Catholic Church’s response to the global clergy sex abuse scandal. In the main reception room of...

The keeper of the Vatican’s secrets is retiring. Here’s what he wants you to know

Feb. 19, 2024 04:05 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has been trying for years to debunk the idea that its vaunted secret archives are all that secret: It has opened up the files of controversial World War II-era Pope Pius XII to scholars and changed the official name to remove the word “Secret” from its title. ...

After rough start, pope and Argentina's Milei meet amid speculation Francis might finally go home

Feb. 12, 2024 16:26 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Despite their rocky start, Argentina's President Javier Milei and Pope Francis appeared to have hit it off as they held their first meeting Monday amid speculation that the Argentine pontiff might finally go home for a visit later this year. The Vatican said the two men...

Pope and Argentine President Milei embrace after pontiff canonizes Argentina's first female saint

Feb. 11, 2024 15:34 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis and Argentine President Javier Milei embraced Sunday in St. Peter's Basilica, as Argentine faith and politics came together during a Mass to canonize the country's first female saint. The ceremony to declare Mama Antula a saint marked the first...

Mama Antula, the Jesuit who didn't want to marry or be a nun, will be Argentina's first female saint

Feb. 10, 2024 00:08 AM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A Catholic laywoman who lived in 18th-century Argentina and joined the Jesuits in their evangelical mission throughout the South American country will become the first female saint from the home country of Pope Francis on Sunday. María Antonia de Paz...

Pope blasts 'radical individualism' as he meets with Argentines ahead of big canonization

Feb. 09, 2024 10:12 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday blasted the “radical individualism” that he said was infecting society today, as he greeted Argentine pilgrims who are in town for this weekend’s canonization of the first female saint from his home country. Instead, Francis held up as a...

Jesuits in US bolster outreach initiative aimed at encouraging LGBTQ+ Catholics

Feb. 06, 2024 08:06 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as Catholic dogma continues to repudiate same-sex marriage and gender transition, one of the most prominent religious orders in the United States — the Jesuits — is strengthening a unique outreach program for LGBTQ+ Catholics. The initiative — fittingly...