VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis is not the first pope to celebrate a marriage ceremony but his predecessor Benedict XVI never presided over a marriage during his eight-year pontificate.
(RNS) The letter stands in contrast to a petition launched by conservative Catholic, evangelical and Jewish activists who demanded that President Obama sharply escalate military action against Islamic extremists.
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) 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.”
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.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pope reaffirmed his support for former Pope Benedict’s shocking decision to retire and did not rule out a similar move himself.