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Catholic diocesan hermit approved by Kentucky bishop comes out as transgender

May. 21, 2024 14:51 PM EDT

(RNS) — Diocesan hermits by nature don’t get much attention. A small subset of religious persons, hermits mostly spend their lives engaged in quiet prayer. Brother Christian Matson, a Catholic diocesan hermit in Kentucky, has spent years doing just that. His monk’s habit might...

Vatican makes fresh overture to China, reaffirms that Catholic Church is no threat to sovereignty

May. 21, 2024 10:12 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican made another big overture to China on Tuesday, reaffirming the Catholic Church poses no threat to Beijing's sovereignty and admitting that Western missionaries had made “errors” in past centuries in their zeal to convert the Chinese faithful. The Vatican...

Some of the Catholic Church's best-known approved, and not approved, reports of apparitions of Mary

May. 17, 2024 13:53 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has revised how it evaluates purported supernatural events, such as reported visions of the Virgin Mary, to guard against hoaxes and account for news going viral. Previous approved apparitions have turned these sites into major pilgrimage...

Vatican moves to adapt to hoaxes, Internet and overhauls its process for evaluating visions of Mary

May. 17, 2024 12:20 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Friday overhauled its process for evaluating alleged visions of the Virgin Mary, weeping statues and other seemingly supernatural phenomena that have marked church history, putting the brakes on making definitive declarations unless the event is obviously...

Vatican overhauls process to evaluate claims of apparitions, weeping statues to adapt to Internet age, punish hoaxers

May. 17, 2024 06:05 AM EDT
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican overhauls process to evaluate claims of apparitions, weeping statues to adapt to Internet age, punish hoaxers.

Vatican Museums staff challenge the pope with a legal bid for better terms and treatment

May. 13, 2024 06:37 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Forty-nine employees of the Vatican Museums have filed a class-action complaint with the Vatican administration demanding better seniority, leave and overtime benefits in an unusual, public challenge to Pope Francis’ governance. The complaint, dated April 23 and made...

Pope urges Italians to have babies as a measure of hope for future

May. 10, 2024 18:28 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis pressed his campaign Friday to urge Italians to have children, calling for long-term policies to help families and warning that the country’s demographic crisis was threatening the future. “The number of births is the first indicator of the hope of a...

Holy Year or holy mess, Vatican and Rome begin dash to 2025 Jubilee with papal bull, construction

May. 09, 2024 12:34 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican crossed a key milestone Thursday in the runup to its 2025 Jubilee with the promulgation of the official decree establishing the Holy Year. It's a once-every-quarter-century event that is expected to bring some 32 million pilgrims to Rome and has already brought...

Pope Francis appoints new bishop in Tennessee after former bishop's resignation under pressure

May. 07, 2024 10:54 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pope Francis has appointed Reverend James Mark Beckman as Bishop of Knoxville, Tennessee, almost a year after the previous bishop resigned under pressure following claims he mishandled sex abuse allegations. The Vatican announced the appointment in its...

Expanding clergy sexual abuse probe targets New Orleans Catholic church leaders

May. 01, 2024 14:23 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities have expanded an investigation of clergy sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in New Orleans to include senior church officials suspected of shielding predatory priests for decades and failing to report their crimes to law enforcement. Louisiana...