ROME (RNS) The speech by Bishop Nunzio Galantino, an ally of Pope Francis, is the latest salvo in a debate that is heating up ahead of an October meeting of the world’s top bishops to discuss the church’s policies toward today’s families.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Poland’s ambassador to the Holy See has forcefully condemned the alleged sexual abuse of children by a Polish-born former archbishop and Vatican diplomat, and said Warsaw is considering a fresh request to extradite Jozef Wesolowski to face trial in his homeland.
(RNS) James Foley’s murder by terrorists of the Islamic State has prompted many Christians, especially Foley’s fellow Catholics, to argue that he should be considered a martyr, maybe even a saint.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Dominican Republic’s attorney general said it was “just and positive” for the Vatican to remove Jozef Wesolowski’s immunity and that the country would consider seeking the former archbishop’s extradition.
(RNS) It’s not clear whether Jozef Wesolowski , who has been defrocked and stripped of his diplomatic immunity, could be sent the Dominican Republic, where he preyed on young boys.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Cardinal George Pell said the church was no more responsible for cases of child abuse carried out by church figures than a trucking company would be if it employed a driver who molested women.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In his letter, Pope Francis said: “I appeal to you with my heart full of pain while I follow the brutal suffering of Christians and other religious minorities who are forced to leave their homes, as their places of worship are destroyed.”
(RNS) There are about half as many Catholic schools in the U.S. as there were 50 years ago. A new book examines the impact on local communities.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “China will always safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity and it never allows foreign forces to interfere with religion,” an official with China’s state-run Catholic Patriotic Association responded to Pope Francis’ offer for engagement.