In an interview with The Associated Press, the pope said the church should do more to end laws that criminalize same-sex relations.
An adviser to Pope Francis and a prominent figure in Australia, Cardinal Pell went to prison on charges of abusing two boys in the 1990s, but a higher court later acquitted him.
Liberal supporters of Francis, a pope never shy about exercising power, now anticipate a late-breaking season of change.
Joseph Ratzinger was accused of mishandling cases when he was bishop of Munich, but as pope he was credited with forcing the Catholic Church to face a scourge long ignored.
Even after his resignation as pope, traditionalists invoked Benedict’s name and sought to draw him into internecine ideological wars. Now he is gone.
Benedict stunned the Roman Catholic world by becoming the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign. Now his death leaves a living pope presiding over the funeral of his predecessor.
Ukrainian officials are cracking down on a branch of the Russian Orthodox Church that they describe as a subversive force doing the Kremlin’s bidding.
He defined a conservative course for the Roman Catholic Church, but his papacy was noted for his struggle with the clergy sexual abuse scandal and for his unexpected resignation.
Father Gigante, a towering figure in the Bronx, left a $7 million fortune entirely to the son he had while he was a priest.
Frank Pavone’s work has led to clashes over the years with some Catholic leaders.
In wartime Russia, following your conscience can come at a heavy cost.
The Polish church is in a deep crisis, as its authority is sapped by cascading sexual abuse scandals and as more people grow wary of its perceived alliance with the country’s right-wing government.
The state attorney general investigated more than 80 years of sexual and physical abuse in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
An ancient form of Catholic worship is drawing in young traditionalists and conservatives. But it signals a divide within the church.
Libero Milone is suing the Vatican for wrongful dismissal after he said he found cardinals siphoning off funds. The Vatican has hit him with a criminal investigation of its own.
The brother of a convicted Mafia boss, he became a Democratic Party leader and a city councilman, and helped build thousands of units of housing.
A wave of government attacks on church leaders has extinguished the last independent voice in the Central American nation.
Jesuits established a trust to answer for their history of enslaving Black people. But frustrated descendants tell Rome the order is “not delivering in deed.”
Even as Catholicism wanes in many Western countries, in Canada, it is holding steady as the largest religious denomination.
Pope Francis will travel to an Indigenous community in Canada to apologize for the church’s role in residential schools that tried to erase Indigenous culture, and where thousands of children died.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church was once a dominant force in the country, but now officials suspect that some priests may be collaborating with Russia.
Benedict’s exit changed expectations that the papacy would always be a lifetime assignment, fueling speculation the current pope has tried to push away.
The settlement announced by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe is among the largest of its kind involving the Catholic Church in the United States.
Around the world, national churches, parishes and even families are reassessing relations with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, who has encouraged Russia’s aggression.
Francis met for the first time with groups of survivors of Canada’s abusive Indigenous schools who are seeking his apology over the church’s role in running the schools.
The document stipulates that baptized lay Catholics, including women, can lead departments and increases institutional efforts to protect minors.
Accused of embezzlement and abuse of office, Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu told the court that he was sure the truth would clear his name.
Sister Nathalie Becquart will play a prominent role at the Synod of Bishops next year as Pope Francis tries to encourage new voices in the hierarchy.
Italy has so far resisted calls for an independent investigation into how the Roman Catholic church has handled these cases.
But Benedict, responding to a report that accused him of mishandling at least four cases of sexual abuse by priests when he was an archbishop in Germany, denied any wrongdoing.
The Rev. Canon Paul Wancura led a quiet, privileged life. But after his shocking death, a sexual abuse allegation followed.
The complaints, going back seven decades, attest to the pervasiveness of sexual and other abuse within the Catholic Church and are part of a worldwide reckoning.
A statement by the former pope contradicted a previous statement to a law firm investigating allegations of child sex abuse by priests when he was an archbishop.
A newly released report by a law firm said the former pope failed to discipline priests in at least four cases of sexual abuse accusations in Germany.
Why the power of belief, not political imposition, is the key to Christian renewal.
He played a pivotal role in helping The Boston Globe uncover the widespread scandal in the Catholic Church and was portrayed in the movie “Spotlight.”
Dialogue may be possible between L.G.B.T. Catholics and church leaders, even at the highest levels.
The measure was one of several measures announced by French bishops, one month after a landmark report on sexual abuse by clergy members in France.
In rare instances, it noted, the secrecy around the sacrament had been used to cover up abuse cases, again raising issues of whether church or state law should prevail.
The pope and president, who meet at the Vatican on Friday, are the common targets of conservative American bishops seeking to undercut them.
The Rev. Luis Urriza arrived in Beaumont, Texas, nearly 70 years ago and founded the thriving Cristo Rey parish. His religious order has now called him back to Spain.
The abuse of more than 200,000 minors by clergy over the past seven decades has shaken the nation and what was once a pillar of French society.
One defendant, now a priest, had been accused of sexual abuse when he and his accuser were teenagers at a seminary within the Vatican walls. Another priest was accused of covering it up.
An independent commission laid out in detail the extent of the problem and the church’s failure to tackle it, estimating that about 216,000 minors had been abused since 1950.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio still faces two lawsuits based on the allegations, which date to his time as a young priest in Jersey City.
As an investigative reporter, Jason Berry exposed the church’s systematic cover-up of sexual abuse. Somehow, it wasn’t enough.
A conservative Catholic media organization, The Pillar, has published several reports claiming the use of dating apps at several churches and the Vatican.
The arrest of the suspect, a Rwandan asylum-seeker facing deportation, fueled criticism of the government’s immigration laws by right-wing politicians.
Will the pope’s move against the Latin Mass fulfill his revolution or reveal the limits of his power?
Church authorities said they had received 368 reports of the sexual abuse, and almost half involved children under 15.