Latest Roman Catholicism News

Pope warns of nuclear war risk; appeals to Putin on Ukraine

Oct. 02, 2022 08:10 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin for a cease-fire, imploring him to “stop this spiral of violence and death” in Ukraine and denouncing the “absurd” risk of the “uncontrollable” consequences of nuclear attack as tensions sharply...

UN, abuse survivor groups seek Vatican investigation of Belo

Oct. 02, 2022 05:38 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The United Nations and advocacy groups for survivors of clergy sexual abuse are urging Pope Francis to authorize a full investigation of Catholic Church archives on three continents to ascertain who knew what and when about sexual abuse by Nobel Peace Prize-winning Bishop...

National Guard preserves history of Hansen’s Disease Center

Oct. 01, 2022 01:02 AM EDT

CARVILLE, La. (AP) — A drive along Point Clair Road can feel like a journey back in time. Many of the buildings, walkways and spreading live oaks look as if they’re preserved in amber. Gone, however, are the patients who spent the last years — often decades — of their lives...

East Timor's Catholics rally behind accused Nobel bishop

Sep. 30, 2022 08:53 AM EDT

DILI, East Timor (AP) — East Timor’s Catholics reacted with shock but also expressions of support Friday for revered independence icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo following allegations he sexually abused boys decades ago in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation. ...

French Catholic Church starts compensating sex abuse victims

Sep. 30, 2022 08:12 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s Catholic Church has paid financial compensation to 23 victims of child sexual abuse by priests or other church representatives under a recently launched reparation process, the body in charge of compensation decisions said Friday. Representatives of the...

Vatican sanctions Nobel laureate after Timor accusations

Sep. 30, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Catholic Church's decades-long sex abuse scandal caught up with a Nobel Peace Prize winner Thursday, with the Vatican confirming that it had sanctioned the East Timor independence hero, Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, following allegations that he sexually abused boys there...

Advocates list 100s of allegedly abusive California priests

Sep. 29, 2022 19:52 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Advocates for victims of clergy sexual abuse delivered a list of more than 300 publicly accused abusers to the Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco on Thursday as they urged him to release his “secret” files on credibly accused priests. The Survivors...

Animal blessing rule: Venomous critters stay home

Sep. 29, 2022 18:25 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rule No. 1 for next week’s animal blessing at a Catholic university in New Orleans: “Please leave venomous animals at home.” Rule No. 2: Be prepared to clean up after your pet. “We will provide a pet station with complimentary water and waste bags,”...

Vatican confirms imposing disciplinary sanctions on Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, a Nobel laureate, over abuse claims

Sep. 29, 2022 08:32 AM EDT
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican confirms imposing disciplinary sanctions on Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo, a Nobel laureate, over abuse claims.

Pope presses Muslim dialogue message with Bahrain visit

Sep. 28, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will travel to Bahrain in November to press his message of dialogue with the Muslim world, the first pope to visit the country the Vatican said Wednesday. Bahrain is home to the Gulf’s first Catholic Church, located in the capital Manama, as well...