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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...

'Of all the places': Deep red Butler, Pennsylvania, grapples with Trump assassination attempt

Jul. 17, 2024 15:59 PM EDT

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — On the streets of Butler, Pennsylvania, in the wake of Saturday's assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump, the same four words have been spoken again and again: “Of all the places.” Butler, home to some 13,000 people, and the county whose grand...

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...

Chief prosecutor defends Vatican's legal system after recent criticism of pope's absolute power

Jul. 09, 2024 07:27 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican’s chief prosecutor has strongly defended the integrity and fairness of the city state’s justice system following criticism that Pope Francis' absolute power and his interventions in the so-called “trial of the century” last year violated the defendants’...

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...

Vatican excommunicates former ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, finds him guilty of schism

Jul. 05, 2024 07:29 AM EDT
ROME (AP) — Vatican excommunicates former ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, finds him guilty of schism.

Vatican chief of staff testifies in UK finance trial, admits to false invoice and blames a deputy

Jul. 04, 2024 20:36 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis’ chief of staff became one of the highest-ranking Holy See officials to testify in a foreign court Thursday, telling a British tribunal about the negotiations at the heart of the Vatican’s so-called “trial of the century,” admitting he filed a false invoice and...

Ruins of ancient garden likely owned by Emperor Caligula uncovered near Vatican during excavations

Jul. 04, 2024 15:32 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Archaeological excavations near the Vatican uncovered the remains of an ancient garden overlooking the right bank of the Tiber River that was likely owned by Roman Emperor Caligula, Italy’s culture ministry said Thursday. The discovery was made during construction...

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...