Latest Pope Francis News

Bombshell book alleges a Vatican gay subculture, hypocrisy

Feb. 15, 2019 2:26 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A gay French writer has lifted the lid on what he calls one of the world's largest gay communities, the Vatican, estimating that most of its prelates are homosexually inclined and attributing much of the current crisis in the Catholic Church to an internal struggle. In the explosive book, "In...

Vatican's envoy to France facing 'sexual aggression' probe

Feb. 15, 2019 9:59 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into alleged "sexual aggression" by Catholic archbishop Luigi Ventura, the Vatican's envoy to France, according to French officials. Confirming a report published by Le Monde newspaper on Friday, a judicial official and a spokesman at...

Cardinal expects 'significant progress' at sex abuse summit

Feb. 15, 2019 9:19 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. archbishop helping to organize next week's summit of the world's bishops at the Vatican on sexual abuse by clergy said Thursday he expects to make "significant progress" in responding to the scandal that's riven the church, and that lay Catholics will help to hold the hierarchy...

Pope seeks role for rural populations in addressing hunger

Feb. 14, 2019 5:35 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is urging global decision-makers in both the public and private sectors to help address poverty and hunger in rural areas by engaging the local population as "responsible architects" of progress. Francis was addressing an annual session Thursday of the International Fund for...

Vatican, Microsoft team up on artificial intelligence ethics

Feb. 13, 2019 1:27 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says it is teaming up with Microsoft on an academic prize to promote ethics in artificial intelligence. Pope Francis met privately on Wednesday with Microsoft President Brad Smith and the head of a Vatican scientific office that promotes Catholic Church positions on human...

Report: Pope says not time yet for mediation in Venezuela

Feb. 13, 2019 11:17 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has reportedly written to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro indicating conditions aren't ripe for the Vatican to step in and help mediate in the country's dramatic political crisis. The Corriere della Sera newspaper on Wednesday quoted from a letter it said Francis wrote...

Pope OKs miracle needed for Briton's sainthood

Feb. 13, 2019 9:58 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has approved a miracle needed to make Cardinal John Henry Newman, a prominent Anglican convert, a saint, the Vatican announced on Wednesday. Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, beatified Newman during a visit to Britain in 2010. In the Catholic church's saint-making...

French Senate questions Catholic official on abuse by clergy

Feb. 12, 2019 5:46 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The spokesman for France's Catholic bishops' conference told lawmakers Tuesday the French church is working with authorities to uncover and eradicate child sex abuse after allegations made in recent years revealed the scope of the country's problem with pedophile priests. Senators questioned...

Portuguese Catholic church finds few sexual abuse cases

Feb. 12, 2019 1:08 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Catholic Church's news service in Portugal reports that a senior official says church authorities have investigated only about a dozen allegations of sexual abuse involving Portuguese priests since 2001. Agencia Ecclesia says Father Manuel Barbosa, spokesman for the Portuguese...

Mexican church says 152 priests removed in 9 years for abuse

Feb. 11, 2019 2:43 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The head of the Mexican bishops' conference says that 152 Roman Catholic priests have been removed from the ministry over the last nine years for sex abuse offenses against "youths or vulnerable adults." Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera says some of the priests have been prosecuted and sent to...