Latest Pope Francis News

The Latest: Cardinal calls McCarrick punishment 'important'

Feb. 16, 2019 6:21 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick (all times local): 12:20 a.m. The archbishop of Boston says the Vatican's decision to defrock former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is an important step for "administering justice" for McCarrick's crimes. Cardinal Sean...

McCarrick's rise through church hierarchy began as altar boy

Feb. 16, 2019 5:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's rise through the Catholic Church hierarchy, during which he established a reputation as a globe-trotting human rights advocate before being brought down by sex abuse scandals, began as an altar boy in New York City. McCarrick, who recently became the...

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick for sex abuse

Feb. 16, 2019 4:12 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and defrocked, as calls rose Saturday for Pope Francis to reveal what he knew about the once-powerful American prelate's apparently decades-long predatory sexual behavior. The announcement Saturday,...

Bombshell book alleges a Vatican gay subculture, hypocrisy

Feb. 15, 2019 2:26 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A gay French writer has lifted the lid on what he calls one of the world's largest gay communities, the Vatican, estimating that most of its prelates are homosexually inclined and attributing much of the current crisis in the Catholic Church to an internal struggle. In the explosive book, "In...

Vatican's envoy to France facing 'sexual aggression' probe

Feb. 15, 2019 9:59 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into alleged "sexual aggression" by Catholic archbishop Luigi Ventura, the Vatican's envoy to France, according to French officials. Confirming a report published by Le Monde newspaper on Friday, a judicial official and a spokesman at...

Cardinal expects 'significant progress' at sex abuse summit

Feb. 15, 2019 9:19 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. archbishop helping to organize next week's summit of the world's bishops at the Vatican on sexual abuse by clergy said Thursday he expects to make "significant progress" in responding to the scandal that's riven the church, and that lay Catholics will help to hold the hierarchy...

Pope seeks role for rural populations in addressing hunger

Feb. 14, 2019 5:35 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is urging global decision-makers in both the public and private sectors to help address poverty and hunger in rural areas by engaging the local population as "responsible architects" of progress. Francis was addressing an annual session Thursday of the International Fund for...

Vatican, Microsoft team up on artificial intelligence ethics

Feb. 13, 2019 1:27 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says it is teaming up with Microsoft on an academic prize to promote ethics in artificial intelligence. Pope Francis met privately on Wednesday with Microsoft President Brad Smith and the head of a Vatican scientific office that promotes Catholic Church positions on human...

Report: Pope says not time yet for mediation in Venezuela

Feb. 13, 2019 11:17 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has reportedly written to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro indicating conditions aren't ripe for the Vatican to step in and help mediate in the country's dramatic political crisis. The Corriere della Sera newspaper on Wednesday quoted from a letter it said Francis wrote...

Pope OKs miracle needed for Briton's sainthood

Feb. 13, 2019 9:58 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has approved a miracle needed to make Cardinal John Henry Newman, a prominent Anglican convert, a saint, the Vatican announced on Wednesday. Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, beatified Newman during a visit to Britain in 2010. In the Catholic church's saint-making...