Founder of German Schoenstatt Movement accused of abuses

Another founder of a 20th century lay Catholic movement has been accused of abusing his power, including sexually and spiritually, with nuns in his care. A German researcher says she...

Funeral planned Wednesday for retired pope's elder brother

BERLIN (AP) — A funeral is to be held in Germany next week for the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI who died Wednesday at the age of 96. The Dioc...

Retired pope's elder brother, Georg Ratzinger, dies at 96

BERLIN (AP) — The Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI who earned renown in his own right as a director of an acclaimed German boys’ choir, has died. He was 96. ...

Pope urges US Catholic media to work to overcome racism

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is urging Catholic media in the U.S. to work to overcome the “diseases of racism and injustice" in his latest comments about George Floyd's death in the U.S. and the anti-raci...

Vatican prosecutors seize data from St. Peter's Basilica

ROME (AP) — Vatican prosecutors have ordered the seizure of documents and computers from the administrative offices of St. Peter’s Basilica in an apparently new investigation into financial irregulari...

Zanardi undergoes 2nd brain surgery after handbike crash

SIENA, Italy (AP) — Italian auto racing champion turned Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi underwent a second brain surgery on Monday, 10 days after an emergency operation following a crash on his ...

Polish group seeks pope's action against sex abuse, cover-up

ROME (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis has been informed about an appeal launched by a group of Catholics in Poland urging intervention into cases where bishops have continued to cover up for pries...

Pope moves against Polish bishop accused of hiding predators

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has ordered a Polish bishop to leave his central diocese and let someone else run it while he is under investigation for covering up cases of sexual abuse that were featured i...

Mexico quake death toll rises to 6; hundreds of home damaged

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The magnitude 7.4 earthquake that rocked the southern Mexico resort of Huatulco killed at least 6 people, damaged hundreds of homes and four archaeological sites and temporarily cut...

Pope prays for Mexico after powerful quake

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is praying for victims of a powerful earthquake in southern Mexico. Francis spoke off the cuff during his weekly general audience on Wednesday to exp...

Pope hails Zanardi's 'lesson of humanity' through disability

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has praised Alex Zanardi as an example of strength amid adversity as the Italian auto racing champion-turned-Paralympic gold medalist recovers from a handbike crash. ...

Tennessee newspaper fires ad manager for end of times ad

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee newspaper has fired its advertising manager after a full-page advertisement from a religious group predicting a terrorist attack in Nashville next month appeared in...

Retired pope returning to Vatican after visiting ill brother

BERLIN (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is returning to the Vatican on Monday after a four-day visit to Germany to visit his ailing elder brother, the Regensburg diocese said. Bened...

The Latest: 25 new cases in China, 2.3M tested in Beijing

BEIJING — Chinese authorities reported 25 new confirmed cases — 22 in Beijing and three in neighboring Hebei province. They say 2.3 million people have been tested in an effort to c...

Retired pope visits old haunts, parents' grave in Germany

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI visited his former home near Regensburg, Germany, on Saturday, greeted old neighbors and prayed at his parents' grave as part of a trip to his former haunts to be with his s...