VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments sent a letter to bishops around the world expressing concern about what it considers to be abuses of the sign of peace ritual.
(RNS) “Let us follow in the footsteps of Jesus when he said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these,’” Jesuit leader Thomas H. Smolich admonished House members who graduated from Jesuit schools and colleges.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Carlos Urrutigoity was accused of sexual abuse in a highly publicized lawsuit in Pennsylvania in 2002. He and another priest were suspended amid allegations they had sexually molested students at St. Gregory’s Academy.
ROME (RNS) According to the survey published in the daily La Stampa this week, 61 percent of Italians support abortion. By comparison, only 44 percent of those surveyed said they supported face-lifts.
(RNS) The leading advocacy group for people who have suffered clergy sexual abuse is wrestling with how to respond to a flood of inquiries from victims from other faiths and institutions, and how to push for changes beyond the familiar precincts of the Catholic Church.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Most Americans can make a “pretty clear distinction between the problem of the children arriving from Central America and the problem of illegal immigration in general,” PRRI’s Robert P. Jones said.
(RNS) Millions of religious and non-religious people were displaced last year according to the State Department’s latest religious freedom report, which for the first time cites Turkmenistan for escalating religious freedom violations.
CASERTA, Italy (RNS) “I am the shepherd of the Catholics and I ask you to forgive my Catholic brothers and sisters who did not understand and were tempted by the devil,” Pope Francis told an Italian Pentecostal pastor.
(RNS) “Pope Francis has told me that he is coming,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said Thursday before delivering a homily at a Mass in Fargo, N.D.