VATICAN CITY (RNS) The scandal has shaken the order inspired by its founder’s devotion to poverty and prayer. It is active in 110 countries and had more than 14,000 members.
Author Archives: Josephine McKenna
About Josephine McKenna
Josephine McKenna has more than 30 years' experience in print, broadcast and interactive media. Based in Rome since 2007, she covered the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and election of Pope Francis and canonizations of their predecessors. Now she covers all things Vatican for RNS.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “This is a gift for you from the pope on the occasion of his birthday,” volunteers, including nuns and members of the Swiss Guard, told the recipients during the operation.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “The Holy See takes the long view,” one Vatican source said. “There is a lot of quiet diplomacy going on.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A longtime aide to Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley is among nine new members appointed by Pope Francis to the Vatican’s sex abuse commission.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “The church has always defended sport because its values are not only Christian but universal,” said Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins. “It teaches you how to put human values such as compromise and collaboration in practice overcoming division.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The report did not say how many of America’s 50,000 nuns or religious institutes declined to respond to questionnaires.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Obedience and closed environments also seem to have had a role in the prevalence of abuse within some religious orders and dioceses,” the report said. “Obligatory celibacy may also have contributed to abuse.”
ROME (RNS) The Vatican has not had diplomatic ties with China since 1951, and China’s Communist leaders object to meetings between heads of state and the Tibetan leader.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Some of you have asked me if the synod fathers fought,” Francis said. “ I don’t know if they ‘fought,’ but they spoke forcefully. This is freedom. This is just the kind of freedom that there is in the church.”