Latest Roman Catholicism News

Pope Bahrain trip blends Muslim outreach, Catholic ministry

Oct. 06, 2022 07:20 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to Bahrain blends three of his top priorities as pope: Ministering to a tiny Catholic community, promoting dialogue with the Muslim world and fostering relations with other Christian communities, according to details released Thursday by the Vatican. ...

The Satanic Temple takes aim at Idaho, Indiana abortion bans

Oct. 05, 2022 18:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Religious organizations have long been involved in the debate over Idaho's strict abortion laws, with Catholic priests, evangelical Christian groups and others frequently lobbying lawmakers and filing legal briefs in support of abortion bans. Now The Satanic...

Vatican cardinal cites Nazi theology in German reform

Oct. 05, 2022 08:27 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The German Catholic Church's reform process is again under fire from the Holy See, with a Vatican cardinal seemingly comparing its proposals for theological development to the thinking that sustained Germany's Nazi era. The furor launched by Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch,...

Hurricane Ian shakes SW Florida's faith but can't destroy it

Oct. 04, 2022 11:50 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — As Hurricane Ian approached last week, Jane Compton and her husband — who lost their home and possessions to the storm — found sanctuary at their Baptist church, huddling with fellow parishioners through wind, rain and worry. They prayed for the gusts to...

Indigenous wall paintings uncovered at Mexican convent

Oct. 03, 2022 18:01 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Indigenous symbols like a feather headdress, an axe and a shield have been found under layers of lime plaster at open-air chapels in a convent just south of Mexico City, experts announced Monday. The finds suggest Spanish priests not only altered their church...

Portugal abuse cases mount amid questions over Nobel bishop

Oct. 03, 2022 08:47 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Clergy sexual abuse cases are casting a pall over the Catholic Church in Portugal, ensnaring senior officials even as authorities scramble to explain why shelter was given to a Nobel Peace Prize-winning bishop at the center of sexual misconduct allegations. ...

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. ...