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...

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...

Thieves steal Amazon fertility statues as synod nears end

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' controversial meeting on the Amazon has taken a criminal twist after thieves stole indigenous fertility statues from a Vatican-area church and tossed them into the Ti...

Catholic bishops consider married priests, face opposition

SANTA ROSA, Brazil (AP) — At dusk in this small indigenous village, Antelmo Pereira calls Catholics to prayer, changes into a white robe and leads a religious service that is the closest thing the fai...

Catholic bishops consider married priests, face opposition

SANTA ROSA, Brazil (AP) — At dusk in this small indigenous village, Antelmo Pereira calls local Catholics to prayer, changes into a white robe and leads a religious service that is the closest thing t...

Vatican defends married priest proposal on Amazon agenda

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Organizers of a Vatican meeting on the Amazon are defending plans to introduce debate on married priests, saying the proposal represents the “the voice of the local church” and isn...

Vatican cardinal skeptical about married priests for Amazon

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A top Vatican cardinal has expressed skepticism about ordaining married men to address the priest shortage in the Amazon, defending the value of priestly celibacy on the eve of a b...

Pope Francis urges migrant-skeptic Bulgaria to welcome refugees

Pope Francis arrived in Bulgaria on Sunday, starting a three-day Balkans trip, which will also take him to North Macedonia on Tuesday. In Bulgaria, Francis met with Patriarch Neofit at the headquarte...

Pope tends to Orthodox ties, Catholic minorities in Balkans

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who opened 2019 with trips to the Muslim world, is shifting gears to tend to Orthodox relations, with a delicate visit starting Sunday to the Balkan nations of Bulgar...

Pope Francis on delicate mission in Orthodox Bulgaria

On Sunday, Pope Francis embarks on his 28th journey abroad. Once again, he will travel to the Balkans. This time, he will visit North Macedonia and Bulgaria. Orthodox theologist Bojidar Andonov says B...

Church of England says Sunday services no longer mandatory

LONDON (AP) — The Church of England has acknowledged the reality of shrinking congregations and overworked priests and lifted a 400-year-old rule requiring that all churches hold services every Sunday...

Cyprus Orthodox Church backs Ukrainian church's independence

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' Orthodox Church says it supports the Ukrainian Orthodox Church's right to independence that was granted by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople last month, aiming ...

Opinion: Ukrainian Orthodox Church independence is a mistake

The leader of the Orthodox Church, Patriarch Bartholomew I, has granted adherents to the Orthodox faith in Ukraine autocephaly, or, in other words, independence from Russia. Bartholomew did this on h...

The Latest: Ukraine Orthodox OKs break with Russian church

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the split between Orthodox Churches in Ukraine and Russia (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Ukrainian Orthodox leaders say they have a...