VATICAN CITY (RNS) “There is no way I could have ever imagined it,” Philomena Lee said after meeting Pope Francis. Asked if she felt resentment against the church, Lee said “You can’t go through life being so unyielding; you got to forgive.”
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“The Committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators,” the report said.
ROME (RNS) Bogus papal statements date back to the earliest days of the church. But with the explosion of social media and self-published blogs, they have become far more frequent in recent years — and especially in recent months.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In the first century B.C., a grassy hillside just north of what is now St. Peter’s Square was used as a burial place for local Romans. Now the Vatican is ready to let the public see what it uncovered there.
ROME (RNS) The Italian National Animal Protection Agency said that because the doves are bred in captivity and lack strong survival instincts, releasing them into the wild as is often done at the Vatican “is like condemning them to certain death.”
ROME (RNS) The thief or thieves made off with a large crucifix and a gold reliquary containing the vial of the blood of John Paul, who will be proclaimed a saint in April.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The jury is still out on whether the audience with the popular pontiff would help repair Hollande’s tarnished image at home.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s top spokesman said critics “presuppose that bishops or religious superiors act as representatives or delegates of the pope — (though this is) utterly without foundation.”
ROME (RNS) The most high-profile figure sacked on Wednesday was Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was Pope Benedict XVI’s secretary of state and the face of administrative woes of Benedict’s papacy.