Latest Roman Catholicism News

For Catholic pilgrims, all roads lead to Indy for an old-style devotion in modern stadium setting

Jul. 18, 2024 16:59 PM EDT

Like the star of an arena tour, a spotlight illuminated the glittering, golden vessel carried by a Catholic bishop. Inside, it held a round communion host, which Catholics believe is the full presence of Jesus in the appearance of bread. The bishop placed it on an altar at the center...

Beloved priest Abbe Pierre was the conscience of France. Several women now accuse him of assault

Jul. 17, 2024 17:26 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A legendary French priest and a lifelong advocate of the homeless has been accused of committing acts that would amount to “sexual assault or sexual harassment,” his foundation said Wednesday, in the latest instance of a Catholic spiritual leader facing allegations of...

Pope urges religious orders to pray for new priests and nuns as their numbers continue to fall

Jul. 15, 2024 09:06 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged religious orders on Monday to work and pray harder for new priests and nuns to join, as he acknowledged the congregations’ futures are at risk with the numbers of men and women entering Catholic religious life plummeting in parts of the world. The...

Judge rejects effort by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson to get records from Catholic church

Jul. 12, 2024 21:19 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state judge said Friday that Attorney General Bob Ferguson is not entitled to enforce a subpoena seeking decades of records from the Seattle Archdiocese, despite his assertion that the records are needed to learn whether the Catholic church used charitable trust funds...

Knights of Columbus will cover up mosaics by ex-Jesuit artist accused of abusing women

Jul. 11, 2024 20:49 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Knights of Columbus, an influential Catholic charitable organization, announced Thursday that it will cover up its mosaics made by a famous ex-Jesuit artist accused of abusing women in a sign of solidarity with victims of abuse. The world's largest Roman Catholic...

Vatican will prepare a document on the role of women in leadership in the Catholic Church

Jul. 09, 2024 20:41 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Tuesday that its doctrine office will prepare a document on women in leadership roles in the Catholic Church, a new initiative to respond to longstanding demands by women to have a greater say in the church’s life. The document will be written...

The Camino, a Catholic pilgrimage, increasingly draws the spiritual but not religious

Jul. 09, 2024 13:04 PM EDT

(RNS) — In her early 30s, Rachael Sanborn found herself in a bad relationship and dreaming of an escape to the Camino de Santiago in Spain, a pilgrimage her father had undertaken that had profoundly changed his life. Sanborn, a rebel and adventurer by nature (she dropped out of...

Vatican excommunicates a former ambassador to the US and declares him guilty of schism

Jul. 05, 2024 14:22 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Friday excommunicated its former ambassador to Washington after finding him guilty of schism, an inevitable outcome for Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. The conservative had became one of Pope Francis ' most ardent critics and a symbol of the polarized Catholic Church in...

Pope to preside over interfaith meeting in Indonesian mosque during longest, most challenging trip

Jul. 05, 2024 09:42 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis will preside over an interfaith meeting in a mosque in the world’s largest predominantly Muslim country during a four-nation Asian visit in September that will be the longest and most complicated foreign trip of his pontificate. The Vatican on Friday...

Mosaics by an artist accused of abusing women will stay on the Lourdes shrine, for now

Jul. 03, 2024 07:50 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A French bishop has put off any decision on whether to remove mosaics by an ex-Jesuit artist accused of abusing women, saying that they’ll stay for now on the Lourdes shrine but that eventually they should be removed. The mosaics will no longer be lit up each night...