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.
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.
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.
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.
The liberal wing of Roman Catholicism tests how far a liberalizing pope will let them go.
Cardinals and other church officials will be required to make detailed financial disclosures and decline most gifts.
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.
In a ruling made public on Monday, the Vatican said the Roman Catholic Church should be welcoming toward gay people, but not their unions.
Iraqi officials say the successful four-day visit is a testament to Iraqi capabilities and the battered country’s integral role in the region.
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.
Crowds gathered over Francis’ three-day visit, sporting high spirits but few masks. Few in the country have been vaccinated.
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.
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.
The pope’s four-day trip is intended to nurture ties with Shiite Muslims and encourage a Christian population decimated by years of strife.
As the pope makes a three-day trip to Iraq, a look at images of the historic moment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saying he will be vaccinated himself next week, Francis described the refusal to get the vaccine as suicidal.
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.
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.
A financial scandal involving the secretariat of state has given fresh impetus to Francis’ reform agenda.
Despite the pandemic, Christmas traditions endure, shedding some brightness in a gloomy season.
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.
The Vatican’s Nativity scene this year has prompted much criticism — and some head-scratching.
To come out of this pandemic better than we went in, we must let ourselves be touched by others’ pain.
In a new book, Pope Francis mentioned the crackdown on the Muslim minority group for the first time. Beijing rejected his characterization as “groundless.”
The players and officials from their union were invited last week to discuss their campaign at the Vatican.
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.
What can we learn about needed reforms from the Vatican’s damning report on the defrocked cardinal Theodore McCarrick?
A new report about a disgraced former cardinal had the potential to implicate three separate papacies in scandal.
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.
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.
A Vatican report reveals that the defrocked cardinal’s manipulation of power went all the way to the top.
The Vatican said the pope’s statements in favor of civil unions for gay couples did not change church doctrine.
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.
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.
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.
The comments, made in a new documentary, are the strongest yet from a pontificate that has taken a more tolerant and inclusive tone.
If confirmed, she may soon have to reconcile her Catholic morality and the law over a death penalty case.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
As lawmakers debate right-to-life issues around the world, the Vatican says euthanasia and assisted suicide are “intrinsically evil” acts.
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.
It’s the same as it ever was: To learn that the world is more than the issues that divide us.
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.
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.