Pope’s Asian agenda: Atomic bombs, martyrs, family reunion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny...

LA's Gómez elected 1st Hispanic to lead US Catholic bishops

BALTIMORE (AP) — Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles, an immigrant from Mexico, overwhelmingly won election Tuesday as the first Hispanic to head the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. ...

Bespoke silk robes await Pope Francis on Thailand visit

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's capital boasts garment makers ranging from bespoke tailors to sweatshops, but for a truly divine frock, you have to look a little harder. In a Catholic prep...

Catholic bishops' agenda: immigrants, gun deaths, sex abuse

BALTIMORE (AP) — US Catholic bishops received a challenging to-do list Monday as they opened their national assembly — notably to support immigrants and refugees, extend the campaign to curtail clergy...

French bishops approve payments for church sex abuse victims

PARIS (AP) — French bishops have approved a plan to financially compensate people abused sexually within the church. Meeting Saturday at their biannual assembly, 120 bishops approved...

Global debate gets underway over married Catholic priests

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops from across the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region. Such r...

French bishops mull payments for church sex abuse victims

PARIS (AP) — French bishops are considering a plan to provide financial compensation to victims of church sex abuse. The 120 bishops convening for their biannual assembly in Lourdes ...

Biden's communion denial highlights faith-politics conflict

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest's denial of communion to Joe Biden in South Carolina on Sunday illustrates the fine line presidential candidates must walk as they talk about their faiths...

After their call for married priests, pope thanks bishops

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has thanked Amazon regional bishops for their "candor" at a meeting which called for ordaining married priests and other changes to help the Catholic church's far-flun...

Pope closes out Amazon synod that enraged conservatives

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has brought to a close a three-week meeting on protecting the Amazon and ministering to its indigenous people, a gathering hit by outrage by conservatives over the dis...

'Pagan idols,' married priests and more mark Amazon synod

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' meeting on the Amazon is wrapping up after three weeks of debate over married priests and the environment. But the week's most important debate just might be over the...

Vatican denies risk of default over structural deficit

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A top Vatican administrator is denying the Holy See risks default over its structural deficit, saying claims in a new book about possible financial ruin are overblown. ...

Grand jury declines to indict monsignor in consent case

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas grand jury has declined to indict the onetime deputy to Cardinal Daniel DiNardo on charges he sexually assaulted a married woman in a case that raised questions about consent in...

Diocese pays $4.4M in abuse compensation to 57 victims

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania diocese has announced a nearly $4.4 million payout to 57 victims of sexual abuse by its clergy and seminarians. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Gr...

The Latest: UN: talks to end Ecuador crisis to start Sunday

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The Latest on Ecuador's crisis (all times local): 7:45 a.m. The United Nations and Ecuadorian Bishops' Conference have announced that talks be...