Latest Roman Catholicism News

Pope greets Russian patriarch, criticized for 'naive' policy

May. 25, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has sent a protocol greeting to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, assuring him of prayers on his patron's feast day and stressing the value of human life and wisdom, as the Vatican insists on maintaining cordial relations amid the war in Ukraine. ...

Pelosi pushes back on archbishop who denies her Communion

May. 24, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Tuesday on the decision by San Francisco's conservative Catholic archbishop to deny her Communion over her support of abortion rights, saying she respects that people have opposing views but not when they impose them on others. ...

Pope offers solidarity to Gaylord, Michigan, after tornado

May. 24, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is offering his condolences and solidarity to the people of Gaylord, Michigan, following a deadly tornado. The Vatican on Tuesday released a telegram signed by the Vatican secretary of state addressed to Gaylord Bishop Jeffrey Walsh saying Francis...

New Italian church head faces demands for abuse inquiry

May. 24, 2022 10:57 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday named a bishop in his own image, Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, as the new head of the Italian bishops conference, as the Italian Catholic Church comes under mounting pressure to confront its legacy of clerical sexual abuse with an independent inquiry. ...

Hong Kong Catholic cardinal denies charges over relief fund

May. 24, 2022 10:15 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Arrested former Hong Kong Catholic leader Cardinal Joseph Zen and five others denied charges on Tuesday that they failed to register a relief fund aimed at assisting protesters who faced legal costs during 2019 anti-government protests. The six, who also include...

Pope voices hope church in China can operate in freedom

May. 22, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday expressed his spiritual closeness to Catholics in China, voicing hope that the church there operates in “freedom and tranquility,’’ but making no mention of a 90-year-old cardinal who was recently arrested in Hong Kong. Addressing...

Vatican airs dirty laundry in trial over London property

May. 22, 2022 03:44 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s sprawling financial trial may not have produced any convictions yet or any new smoking guns as prosecutors work through a first round of questioning of the 10 suspects accused of fleecing the Holy See of tens of millions of euros. But testimony...

Citizens spur $25,000 effort to restore Munroe crypt

May. 22, 2022 01:17 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — When the Columbus Garden Club began its project to restore the imposing 152-year-old crypt of Margaret Boyle Munroe at Friendship Cemetery, the first order of business was to find someone to do the job. Tommy Frazier Sr., 68, a Columbus native who has worked...

Archbishop: Pelosi will be denied communion over abortion

May. 20, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The conservative Catholic archbishop of San Francisco said Friday that he will no longer allow U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to receive Communion because of her support for abortion rights. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said in he sent Pelosi a letter...

Preservationists seek to acquire beloved Hollywood convent

May. 20, 2022 16:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Fearing the Monastery of the Angels could be sold for private use or redevelopment, Los Angeles preservationists and advocates are forming a nonprofit as they seek to acquire and take responsibility for the beloved Hollywood home to cloistered Dominican nuns. ...