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Knights of Malta warn Vatican reforms risk their sovereignty

Jan. 19, 2022 10:24 AM EST

ROME (AP) — A top leader of the Knights of Malta, an ancient aristocratic Catholic order that provides humanitarian aid around the world, warned the group’s members on Wednesday that the Holy See’s latest proposals to reform the order threaten its internationally recognized status as a...

Pope on prisons: No inmate should ever be deprived of hope

Jan. 19, 2022 08:46 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a plea on behalf of prison inmates Wednesday, saying they should never be deprived of hope and always be given the opportunity to redeem themselves. In remarks at his weekly public audience at the Vatican, Francis told the faithful that “we...

Group delivers whistleblower documents on clergy abuse

Jan. 19, 2022 08:42 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An advocacy group working to end clergy abuse in Wisconsin has delivered thousands of documents from Wisconsin's five Catholic dioceses to the state attorney general, documents it says show a systemic coverup of abuse. The documents were provided to Nate's...

Former priest named in dozens of child abuse lawsuits dies

Jan. 18, 2022 16:28 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Roman Catholic priest who was named in dozens of child sexual abuse lawsuits was found dead in Kansas City on Sunday, police said. Emergency responders found Thomas Reardon, 80, a former priest in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, dead Sunday...

Vatican No. 2 and deputy both positive for COVID

Jan. 18, 2022 08:05 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican secretary of state and his deputy have both tested positive for the coronavirus, Vatican officials said Tuesday. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who serves as the Vatican's secretary of state and the pope's No. 2, has “very light” symptoms, while...

Ex-Omaha Archdiocese chancellor faces new theft charge

Jan. 17, 2022 15:25 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former chancellor for the Roman Catholic Church’s Archdiocese of Omaha who is already charged with two felony counts has been charged with a new count of theft after authorities say he stole more than $100,000 from a church in Sarpy County. The Rev. Michael...

Indian court acquits bishop of charge of raping nun

Jan. 14, 2022 09:47 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Friday acquitted a Roman Catholic bishop of charges of raping a nun in her rural convent, a case that became a major issue amid allegations of sexual harassment in the church. Sessions Judge G. Gopakumar in a brief order said the bishop was not...

Bad luck: Pope acknowledges he got caught at record store

Jan. 14, 2022 09:21 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has long lamented that he can't walk around town unnoticed like he used to before becoming pope. But he seems to have nevertheless kept his sense of humor after he was caught on camera making an unannounced visit to a Rome record shop this week. Francis...

Victims seek definitive European ruling on Vatican immunity

Jan. 13, 2022 13:56 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Clergy abuse victims asked the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday to make a definitive ruling on whether the Holy See can continue to avoid being held liable for sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests by claiming state immunity. Lawyers for the victims asked...

Polish diocese apologizes for asking if abuse victim is gay

Jan. 13, 2022 13:05 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Catholic diocese in Poland apologized on Thursday for having asked a court to determine whether a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest is gay, and whether the sexual contact may have consequently been pleasurable for him. Following wide...