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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...

Pope begs for new peace efforts after latest attacks in Ukraine, Gaza

Jul. 09, 2024 06:49 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis appealed for concrete new measures to end the wars in Ukraine and Gaza Tuesday after attacks targeted a children's hospital in Kyiv and a school in Gaza. The Vatican press office issued a statement Tuesday expressing Francis’ pain over the new...

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...

Pope to preside over interfaith meeting in Indonesian mosque during longest, most challenging trip

Jul. 05, 2024 09:42 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis will preside over an interfaith meeting in a mosque in the world’s largest predominantly Muslim country during a four-nation Asian visit in September that will be the longest and most complicated foreign trip of his pontificate. The Vatican on Friday...

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...

Vandals behead a controversial sculpture of Mary giving birth to Jesus in an Austrian cathedral

Jul. 02, 2024 09:47 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vandals have beheaded a sculpture featuring the Virgin Mary giving birth to Jesus that had been exhibited in the cathedral in the Austrian city of Linz and drawn criticism from some Catholics who said it was blasphemous. The sculpture had been on view at the St....

10 Ukrainians held prisoner for years in Russia return home after Vatican mediation

Jun. 29, 2024 12:33 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ten Ukrainian civilians held prisoner for years by Russia arrived in Kyiv overnight Saturday after the mediation of the Vatican, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said. They were freed Friday. Some had been captured years before Russia’s full-scale...

Pope's top adviser, women who say they were abused by ex-Jesuit artist ask for mosaics to be removed

Jun. 28, 2024 15:39 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The scandal over a famous ex-Jesuit artist who is accused of psychologically, spiritually and sexually abusing adult women came to a head Friday after some of his alleged victims and the pope’s own anti-abuse adviser asked for his artworks not to be promoted or displayed. ...

A Vatican Radio territory in north Rome once blamed for electro-smog will become a solar farm

Jun. 26, 2024 10:23 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis decreed Wednesday that an area of northern Rome, long the source of controversy because of electromagnetic waves emitted by Vatican Radio towers there, will now house a field of solar panels to fuel Vatican City. Citing the Vatican’s pledge in U.N....