Pope limits public blessings to help against virus spread

MILAN (AP) — Pope Francis is further limiting his public appearances to prevent crowds from gathering as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, which by Saturday had reached the tiny Mediterr...

Vatican suspends investigative mission to Mexico over virus

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Vatican has suspended a mission to investigate clerical abuse in Mexico due to the spreading coronavirus in Italy and most recently the Vatican, Mexico's Episcopal Conference an...

Vatican confirms 1st virus case as pope recovers from cold

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican confirmed the walled city-state's first case of the new coronavirus Friday and closed some offices as a precaution while Pope Francis continued recovering from a cold. ...

Pope lets French cardinal embroiled in abuse cover-up resign

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of a French cardinal who was convicted and then acquitted of covering up for a pedophile priest in a case that fu...

What's Happening: Virus hits Vatican as cases near 100,000

As the number of people worldwide infected with the new coronavirus approaches 100,000, there is a sense of déjà vu across the West. The spreading outbreak brought scenes of disruption like the ones t...

4 Mexican bishops investigated since May for hiding abuse

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church began investigating four Mexican bishops last May for allegedly covering up cases of pederasty, the Vatican's representative in Mexico said. ...

Pope names Savanna bishop Hartmayer archbishop of Atlanta

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer as the new leader of the Catholic Church in Atlanta. Hartmayer, 68, replaces Archbishop Wilton Gregory, wh...

4 Mexican bishops referred to superiors in sex abuse cases

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Vatican's representative in Mexico said Tuesday that four Catholic bishops had been referred to their superiors for alleged connections to cases of sexual abuse as part of the c...

The Latest: Mike Pence says CDC to issue new virus guidance

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the virus outbreak (all times local): 8:40 a.m. Vice President Mike Pence says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be i...

Vatican sends top 2 sex crimes investigators to Mexico

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is sending its top two sex crimes investigators to Mexico on a fact-finding and assistance mission as the Catholic hierarchy in the world's second-largest Catholic coun...

Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan poet and priest, dies at 95

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Ernesto Cardenal, the renowned poet and Roman Catholic cleric who became a symbol of revolutionary verse in Nicaragua and around Latin America, and whose suspension from the ...

Coughing pope cancels participating in Lenten retreat

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A coughing Pope Francis told pilgrims gathered for the traditional Sunday blessing that he is canceling his participation at a week-long spiritual retreat in the Roman countryside ...

Pope tells scandal-marred Legion they still haven't reformed

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis told the Legion of Christ religious order Saturday it still has a long road of reform ahead, making clear that 10 years of Vatican-mandated rehabilitation hadn't purge...

Pope cancels audiences for third day with apparent cold

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis canceled official engagements for the third day in a row Saturday as he battled an apparent cold. The 83-year-old pope, who lost part of a lung to a ...

Vatican task force offers help to church on abuse prevention

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is launching a task force of experts to help Catholic dioceses and religious orders develop guidelines to handle cases of sexual abuse by clergy and tend to survivors. ...