Latest Roman Catholicism News

Deja vu in Vatican as 'Vatileaks' defendant cited at trial

Nov. 30, 2022 17:38 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Vatican tribunal hearing a financial crimes case had something of a déjà vu Tuesday when a high-profile defendant in a previous trial over leaked documents emerged as a key figure in advising the prime prosecution witness to cooperate with prosecutors. Prosecutor...

Russia protests pope comments as Vatican seeks to mediate

Nov. 29, 2022 08:36 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Russia has lodged a formal protest with the Vatican over Pope Francis’ latest condemnation of atrocities in Ukraine, in which the pontiff blamed most of the cruelty on Chechens and other minorities in an apparent effort to spare ethnic Russian troops from criticism. ...

China vows more 'friendly consensus' amid Vatican complaints

Nov. 28, 2022 09:36 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing and the Vatican are once again tangling over the prickly issue of appointing Chinese bishops. After complaints from the Vatican that Beijing was violating a 2018 interim accord, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Monday said the country...

Hong Kong court convicts Cardinal Zen, 5 others over fund

Nov. 25, 2022 01:30 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A 90-year-old Roman Catholic cardinal and five others in Hong Kong were fined after being found guilty Friday of failing to register a now-defunct fund that aimed to help people arrested in the widespread protests three years ago. Cardinal Joseph Zen, a retired...

Vatican court hears secret recording of pope on hostage fees

Nov. 24, 2022 15:05 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican tribunal weighing a financial fraud case heard from an unusual witness Thursday, when a secret recording of Pope Francis was played to the court about the Holy See’s payments to free a nun held hostage by al-Qaida-linked militants. The broadcast of...

Pope Francis IDs successor to conservative Providence bishop

Nov. 23, 2022 11:56 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Pope Francis has named a Catholic priest from New York to succeed Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin when the conservative cleric retires, potentially next year. Tobin held a press conference Wednesday morning at the cathedral in Providence to announce the...

Superior diocese publishes list of credibly accused clergy

Nov. 23, 2022 10:55 AM EST

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Superior published names late Tuesday of almost two dozen clergy that it says have had credible claims of sexually abusing minors made against them. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that many of the allegations date back 30 years or more....

Pope links plight of Ukrainians today to Stalin's 'genocide'

Nov. 23, 2022 09:27 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday linked the suffering of Ukrainians now to the 1930s “genocide artificially caused by Stalin," when the Soviet leader was blamed for creating a man-made famine in Ukraine believed to have killed more than 3 million people. Francis’...

Pope ousts leadership of Caritas Internationalis charity

Nov. 22, 2022 10:29 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday ousted the management of the Vatican’s international charitable organization Caritas Internationalis and appointed temporary leadership after an external review found management and morale problems at its head office. A Vatican statement said...

Labor rules for German Catholic-run institutions to be eased

Nov. 22, 2022 09:15 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Catholic Church in Germany is reforming its labor rules for employees of church-run institutions to allow them to work regardless of “their sexual identity and their way of life.” The German Bishops' Conference said that an assembly of diocesan representatives...