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Vatican formally opens debate on married priests in Amazon

Jun. 17, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican formally opened debate Monday on letting married men be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon where priests are so few that Catholics can go weeks or months without attending a Mass. The call for study on the proposal was contained in the working document,...

Pope dons helmet to enter earthquake-hit cathedral in Italy

Jun. 16, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

CAMERINO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis donned a white firefighter's safety helmet Sunday to enter a damaged cathedral during a visit to central Italy, where he gave encouragement to people still struggling three years after devastating earthquakes struck. Francis traveled to the town of Camerino, which was...

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Chilean auxiliary bishop

Jun. 14, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the auxiliary bishop of the Chilean capital city just 24 days after he appointed him to the post, church officials said Friday. Bishop Carlos Eugenio Irarrázabal had become embroiled in controversy after he recently said there were no...

Major oil companies commit to carbon pricing at Vatican

Jun. 14, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Some of the world's major oil producers pledged Friday to support "economically meaningful" carbon pricing regimes after a personal appeal from Pope Francis to avoid "perpetrating a brutal act of injustice" against the poor and future generations. The companies, including ExxonMobil,...

The Latest: Oil firms commit to 'meaningful' carbon pricing

Jun. 14, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on a Vatican summit on climate change (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Some of the world's major oil producers have committed to supporting "economically meaningful" carbon pricing regimes at the end of a Vatican summit on climate change. The companies, including ExxonMobil, BP,...

Vatican investigator of child sex abuse meets Polish bishops

Jun. 14, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, met with Poland's Catholic bishops on Friday to share his experience in tracking crimes, after the Polish church admitted knowing about hundreds of cases over the years where priests abused minors. Scicluna attended the...

Record number of South Sudanese face critical lack of food

Jun. 14, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A record number of people in South Sudan face a critical lack of food. A new report by the government and the United Nations says almost seven million people, or more than 60% of the population, are at risk. The report released Friday says almost two million people are near starvation nine...

Pope lashes out at blogging ambassadors, demands obedience

Jun. 13, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has demanded obedience from Vatican ambassadors and reminded them of their duties before him, God and the faithful after years of scandal have tarnished the reputation of the Holy See's diplomatic corps. Francis told envoys they may have reservations about papal policy but...

Catholic bishops approve new sex-abuse reporting hotline

Jun. 12, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. Catholic bishops voted Wednesday to create a new national sex-abuse hotline run by an independent entity, a decision that represents one of the church's most tangible steps yet in confronting its sex-abuse crisis. The hotline, which would field allegations that bishops committed abuse...

1st black priest in US, ex-slave, positioned for sainthood

Jun. 12, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday deemed the first known black Roman Catholic priest in the United States to be "venerable," positioning the former slave for possible sainthood. The pontiff's designation of the Rev. Augustine Tolton as venerable, meaning the church intensely scrutinized...