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2 priests, 2 lay people to be beatified in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church will beatify two priests and two lay people Saturday, all victims of right-wing death squads during El Salvador’s civil war. ...

Vatican appeals court upholds convictions of ex-bank chiefs

ROME (AP) — A Vatican appeals court has upheld the convictions of two former managers of the Vatican bank and ordered them to pay back some 40 million euros from bad investments over a decade ago. ...

Pope vows justice for abuse victims after Ratzinger faulted

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis vowed Friday to provide justice to victims of clergy sexual abuse and German authorities called for further investigation after an independent audit faulted retired Pope Bened...

Pope Francis vows 'justice' for church abuse victims after damning report

Pope Francis on Friday pledged to apply justice for the victims of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church a day after a report revealed that former Pope Benedict XVI had failed to act in four ...

Report on sexual abuse in German diocese faults retired pope

BERLIN (AP) — A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Germany's Munich diocese on Thursday faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI's handling of four cases when he was archbishop in the 1970s and 1980s. Th...

Vatican includes group backing women's ordination on website

ROME (AP) — The Vatican has included a group that advocates for women’s ordination on a website promoting a two-year consultation of rank-and-file Catholics, indicating that Pope Francis wants to hear...

Pope to soon declare 37th doctor of the church: St. Irenaeus

ROME (AP) — A 2nd-century saint known as a bridge between eastern and western Christianity took another step Thursday toward being declared a doctor of the church, one of the highest honors in the Cat...

Knights of Malta warn Vatican reforms risk their sovereignty

ROME (AP) — A top leader of the Knights of Malta, an ancient aristocratic Catholic order that provides humanitarian aid around the world, warned the group’s members on Wednesday that the Holy See’s la...

Pope on prisons: No inmate should ever be deprived of hope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a plea on behalf of prison inmates Wednesday, saying they should never be deprived of hope and always be given the opportunity to redeem themselves. ...

Vatican No. 2 and deputy both positive for COVID

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican secretary of state and his deputy have both tested positive for the coronavirus, Vatican officials said Tuesday. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who serves a...

India: Bishop rape ruling raises questions about role of church

A Catholic bishop in India who had been accused of raping a nun multiple times over a period of two years was acquitted by a court in Kottayam, Kerala, last week. Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who worked i...

Italian high court faults prosecutors in Vatican-linked case

ROME (AP) — Italy’s supreme court has faulted prosecutors for withholding evidence benefiting the key suspect in the Vatican’s fraud and embezzlement trial in a parallel case in the...

Bad luck: Pope acknowledges he got caught at record store

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has long lamented that he can't walk around town unnoticed like he used to before becoming pope. But he seems to have nevertheless kept his sense of humor after he was caught ...

Mask rules get tighter in Europe in winter's COVID-19 wave

ROME (AP) — To mask or not to mask is a question Italy settled early in the COVID-19 outbreak with a vigorous “yes." Now the onetime epicenter of the pandemic in Europe hopes even stricter mask rules ...

Indian court clears Catholic bishop accused of raping nun

A court in India has acquitted a Catholic bishop accused of repeatedly raping a nun over two years. The court in Kottayam issued a one-line verdict on Friday finding Franco Mulakkal not guilty of rap...