Vatican Warns U.S. Bishops: Don’t Deny Biden Communion Over Abortion

Conservative American Catholic bishops are pressing for a debate over whether Catholics who support the right to an abortion should be allowed to take Communion.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #francis, #gomez-jose-horacio, #gregory-wilton-d, #kerry-john, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

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Pope Francis Rejects German Cardinal’s Offer to Resign

Cardinal Reinhard Marx had sought to quit as a way to take responsibility for the church’s earlier failures to address sexual abuse by priests.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #germany, #marx-reinhard, #munich-germany, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

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Prominent German Cardinal Offers to Resign Over Church Sexual Abuse

In a letter to Pope Francis, Cardinal Reinhard Marx said he saw his resignation as an opportunity to take responsibility for the abuses of past decades.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #germany, #munich-germany, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

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Pope Extends Church Law to Target Sexual Abuse of Adults by Priests

The new rules explicitly criminalize sexual exploitation of adults by priests who abuse their authority and also apply to lay people with power in the church.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

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Pope Francis Faces Another German Reformation

The liberal wing of Roman Catholicism tests how far a liberalizing pope will let them go.

#congregation-for-the-doctrine-of-the-faith, #francis, #germany, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

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Pope Francis Issues Law to Combat Corruption in the Vatican

Cardinals and other church officials will be required to make detailed financial disclosures and decline most gifts.

#francis, #gifts-to-public-officials, #roman-catholic-church

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As Coronavirus Hits Vatican Revenue, Pope Cuts Pay for High-Ranking Clerics

The Vatican has been hit hard by the economic impact of the pandemic, prompting Francis to impose pay cuts on cardinals and others so lower-ranking employees can keep their jobs.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #finances, #francis, #priests, #vatican-city, #wages-and-salaries

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Vatican Says Priests Can’t Bless Same-Sex Unions

In a ruling made public on Monday, the Vatican said the Roman Catholic Church should be welcoming toward gay people, but not their unions.

#francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #vatican-city

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Pope Francis Ends Historic Trip at a Critical Moment for Iraq

Iraqi officials say the successful four-day visit is a testament to Iraqi capabilities and the battered country’s integral role in the region.

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Pope Francis Defends Iraq Trip During Coronavirus Pandemic

The pontiff said that he had wrestled with the decision to travel, but put the fate of the Iraqis who flocked to see him in God’s hands.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #sistani-ali-al

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Pope Francis’ Iraq Trip Ends, but Coronavirus Fears Remain

Crowds gathered over Francis’ three-day visit, sporting high spirits but few masks. Few in the country have been vaccinated.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #internal-essential, #iraq, #roman-catholic-church

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Amid the Rubble of Mosul, Francis Offers a Salve for Iraq’s Wounds

The first pope ever to visit Iraq, Francis voiced sorrow and hope for a shrunken Christian community that has suffered persecution, and preached fellowship among religions.

#christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #erbil-iraq, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mosul-iraq, #muslims-and-islam, #qaraqosh-iraq, #roman-catholic-church, #terrorism

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Pope Francis Meets Iraq’s Top Ayatollah as Both Urge Peace

The meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani came as Francis sought to protect his persecuted flock in Iraq by forging closer bonds between the Roman Catholic Church and the Muslim world.

#christians-and-christianity, #francis, #iraq, #najaf-iraq, #nasiriya-iraq, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #shiite-muslims, #sistani-ali-al, #yazidi-religious-sect

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Francis Begins Visit to Iraq, in ‘Duty to a Land Martyred’

The pope’s four-day trip is intended to nurture ties with Shiite Muslims and encourage a Christian population decimated by years of strife.

#al-qaeda-in-mesopotamia, #christians-and-christianity, #francis, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #jesus-christ, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church

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In Pictures: Pope Francis in Iraq

As the pope makes a three-day trip to Iraq, a look at images of the historic moment.

#christians-and-christianity, #francis, #iraq, #roman-catholic-church

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In Iraq’s Christian Heartland, a Feud Over a Town’s Identity

Pope Francis will arrive in a country whose ancient Christian towns are in danger of disappearing. In one, a Christian community’s survival may come at the expense of another minority group.

#christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #roman-catholic-church, #shiite-muslims

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Pope Francis Visits Iraq: What to Know

The trip is taking place despite concerns about the pandemic and security. Here’s a brief look at why Francis is visiting Iraq, what the trip will entail and what he hopes to achieve.

#christians-and-christianity, #francis, #iraq, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church

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Pope’s Planned Visit to Iraq, Amid Pandemic, Raises Questions of Timing

Pope Francis has said he is determined to visit the war-torn country. But some worry that the visit will become a superspreader event in a land where the virus still rages.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #francis, #iraq, #pilgrimages, #quarantines, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vatican

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Pope Formalizes Women’s Roles, but Priesthood Stays Out of Reach

Pope Francis has amended the Catholic Church laws so that women may be Bible readers at Mass, serve at the altar and distribute communion — practices already common in many countries.

#discrimination, #francis, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #women-and-girls

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Pope Calls Coronavirus Vaccinations an Ethical Obligation

Saying he will be vaccinated himself next week, Francis described the refusal to get the vaccine as suicidal.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Pope Francis to Skip New Year Services Because of Leg Condition

The Vatican said Pope Francis was suffering from sciatica, which has hobbled him in the past. But he will lead the noontime Angelus prayer on New Year’s Day.

#francis, #new-year, #roman-catholic-church, #sciatica, #vatican-city

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Argentina Senate to Vote on Bill Legalizing Abortion

A bill before the Senate would make abortion legal in the predominantly Catholic nation, the homeland of Pope Francis. Its approval likely would have significant effect across Latin America.

#abortion, #buenos-aires-argentina, #fernandez-alberto-1959, #francis, #kirchner-cristina-fernandez-de, #law-and-legislation, #women-and-girls

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Pope Francis Strips Powerful Vatican Office of Its Financial Assets

A financial scandal involving the secretariat of state has given fresh impetus to Francis’ reform agenda.

#becciu-giovanni-angelo, #finances, #francis, #pell-george-1941, #roman-catholic-church

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Images of Light: Christmas Services Penetrate Darkness Around the World

Despite the pandemic, Christmas traditions endure, shedding some brightness in a gloomy season.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #italy, #roman-catholic-church, #south-korea

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Pope Francis Makes Christmas Appeal for Nations to Share Covid-19 Vaccines

The pope made his remarks from inside the Vatican instead of before large crowds on St. Peter’s Square, as Christians around the world scaled back or reimagined Christmas traditions.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis

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In a Tough Year, a Nativity Scene ‘That Has Had Problems’

The Vatican’s Nativity scene this year has prompted much criticism — and some head-scratching.

#ceramics-and-pottery, #christmas, #francis, #italy, #nativity-scene, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #vatican-city

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Pope Francis: The Covid-19 Crisis Reveals What Is in Our Hearts

To come out of this pandemic better than we went in, we must let ourselves be touched by others’ pain.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #roman-catholic-church

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Pope Calls Uighurs ‘Persecuted,’ Prompting Pushback From China

In a new book, Pope Francis mentioned the crackdown on the Muslim minority group for the first time. Beijing rejected his characterization as “groundless.”

#beijing-china, #francis, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group

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N.B.A. Players Meet With Pope Francis

The players and officials from their union were invited last week to discuss their campaign at the Vatican.

#basketball, #blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #brown-sterling-d-1995, #francis, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #korver-kyle, #national-basketball-players-assn, #roberts-michele-a, #vatican-city

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Vatican Report Cast Pope John Paul II in Harsh New Light

The former pope was fast-tracked for canonization immediately after his death. But a tarnished legacy in dealing with the church’s sex abuse scandals has left critics to wonder whether it was too fast.

#beatifications-and-canonizations, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #mccarrick-theodore-e, #popes, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #vatican

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The Catholic Sex Abuse Crisis Is Far From Over

What can we learn about needed reforms from the Vatican’s damning report on the defrocked cardinal Theodore McCarrick?

#benedict-xvi, #cardinals-roman-catholic-prelates, #corruption-institutional, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #mccarrick-theodore-e, #popes, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

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The Vatican’s Explosive McCarrick Report: 5 Takeaways

A new report about a disgraced former cardinal had the potential to implicate three separate papacies in scandal.

#beatifications-and-canonizations, #benedict-xvi, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #mccarrick-theodore-e, #oconnor-john-joseph-1920-2000, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #vigano-carlo-maria

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Vatican Report Places Blame for McCarrick’s Ascent on John Paul II

In elevating Theodore E. McCarrick to the position of cardinal, the former pope disregarded warnings and believed the prelate’s denials about sexual misconduct, an inquiry found.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #francis, #mccarrick-theodore-e, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment

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Vatican Report Concludes McCarrick’s Ascent Was Aided by Misleading Accounts

In elevating the disgraced prelate, Pope John Paul II believed his denials about sexual misconduct and relied on “inaccurate and incomplete” testimony from bishops, an investigation says.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #francis, #mccarrick-theodore-e, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment

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Theodore McCarrick’s Human Sacrifices

A Vatican report reveals that the defrocked cardinal’s manipulation of power went all the way to the top.

#benedict-xvi, #cardinals-roman-catholic-prelates, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #mccarrick-theodore-e, #popes, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #survivors-network-of-those-abused-by-priests, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

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Pope Backed Gay Civil Unions but Didn’t Change Doctrine, Vatican Says

The Vatican said the pope’s statements in favor of civil unions for gay couples did not change church doctrine.

#benedict-xvi, #francis, #grupo-televisa-sab, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #vatican-city

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Who Is Wilton Gregory, the First African-American Catholic Cardinal?

Archbishop Gregory led the U.S. Roman Catholic Church’s response to its sexual abuse crisis and more recently has pushed for better race relations in the church. Here is what we know about him.

#black-people, #francis, #gregory-wilton-d, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

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Pope Francis Appoints First African-American Cardinal

Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, who led the Roman Catholic Church’s response to the sexual abuse crisis in the early 2000s, was among 13 new cardinals named on Sunday.

#atlanta-ga, #cardinals-roman-catholic-prelates, #francis, #gregory-wilton-d, #roman-catholic-church, #washington-dc

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Pope’s Remarks on Same-Sex Unions Were Cut From a 2019 Vatican Interview

A Mexican broadcast company says Francis made the comments to its correspondent more than a year ago, and sources close to the company say the Vatican then edited them out.

#afineevsky-evgeny-1972, #alazraki-valentina, #francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #movies, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

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Pope Francis, in Shift for Church, Voices Support for Same-Sex Civil Unions

The comments, made in a new documentary, are the strongest yet from a pontificate that has taken a more tolerant and inclusive tone.

#afineevsky-evgeny-1972, #documentary-films-and-programs, #francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #movies, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #vatican

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A Question of Life and Death Looms for Amy Coney Barrett

If confirmed, she may soon have to reconcile her Catholic morality and the law over a death penalty case.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #barrett-amy-coney, #capital-punishment, #constitution-us, #criminal-justice, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #francis, #freedom-of-religion, #john-paul-ii, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #texas

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An Italian Teenager Could Become the First Millennial Saint

Carlo Acutis, who died at 15 in 2006 and was an early adopter of the internet, was beatified over the weekend, putting him on the path to sainthood in the Catholic Church.

#acutis-carlo, #assisi-italy, #beatifications-and-canonizations, #computers-and-the-internet, #death-and-dying, #francis, #millennial-generation, #roman-catholic-church, #social-media, #youth

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Pope Criticizes Lack of Unity in World’s Response to Coronavirus

In an encyclical, the most authoritative form of papal teaching, Francis lamented poor cooperation among countries and warned the forces of “myopic, extremist, resentful and aggressive nationalism are on the rise.”

#assisi-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #encyclicals, #francis, #immigration-and-emigration, #income-inequality, #italy, #roman-catholic-church

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Rebuffed by Vatican, Pompeo Assails China and Aligns With Pope’s Critics

Pope Francis declined to see Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is demanding a harder Vatican line on China. The Holy See said meeting just before a U.S. election would be inappropriate.

#china, #francis, #gallagher-paul-r-1954, #gingrich-callista, #gingrich-newt, #pompeo-mike, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-international-relations

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Powerful Cardinal, a Fixture of Vatican Intrigue, Resigns Suddenly

In a cryptic statement, the Vatican did not explain the reason for Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu’s departure. News reports had connected him to a financial scandal.

#becciu-giovanni-angelo, #cardinals-roman-catholic-prelates, #francis, #italy, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy

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Vatican Reiterates Its Opposition to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

As lawmakers debate right-to-life issues around the world, the Vatican says euthanasia and assisted suicide are “intrinsically evil” acts.

#euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide, #francis, #roman-catholic-church

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Father Michel J. Mulloy Resigns Weeks Before Becoming Bishop of Duluth

Father Michel J. Mulloy was chosen by Pope Francis to lead the Diocese of Duluth, Minn., but then an allegation from the 1980s surfaced, church officials said.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #duluth-minn, #francis, #michel-j-mulloy, #minnesota, #priests, #rapid-city-sd, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #sioux-falls-sd, #south-dakota

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The Best Reason to Go to College

It’s the same as it ever was: To learn that the world is more than the issues that divide us.

#books-and-literature, #colleges-and-universities, #dalai-lama, #francis, #religion-and-belief

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Unsealed Archives Give Fresh Clues to Pope Pius XII’s Response to the Holocaust

Several documents that have emerged from the newly opened Vatican Archives on the papacy of Pius XII bolster accusations of indifference to Jewish suffering, but some scholars say the full picture has yet to emerge.

#anti-semitism, #francis, #hochhuth-rolf, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #kertzer-david-i, #pius-xii, #roman-catholic-church

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Polish Cleric Retires in Face of Cover-Up Accusations. It’s Not Enough, Critics Say.

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glodz of Poland, a move seen as a subtle rebuke. But far more is needed to address the abuse of children by priests, advocates say.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #gdansk-poland, #poland, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

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