Historic deal between China and Vatican 'in the making'

Agreement could include Beijing giving the Vatican more say in picking bishops in state-approved churches. Beijing, China – After 67 years of acrimony, signs have emerged of improving relations between the Chinese government and the Vatican that could determine the future of the 10 million Catholics in China. Francesco Sisci, an Italian academic and a China-Vatican relations analyst, said there are […]

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Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick is seen in Rome, Feb. 13, 2013. (Associated Press) In the latest development to rock the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the longtime archbishop of Washington, D.C., who resigned from the church's College of Cardinals last year amid sexual misconduct allegations. The punishment for the once-powerful prelate was announced Saturday, […]

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Vatican priest quits after ‘making advances on NUN during confession’

Vatican priest who oversaw Catholic moral doctrine resigns ‘after making advances towards a NUN during confession’ Father Hermann Geissler quit as chief of office that handles sex abuse cases Austrian priest said he resigned ‘to limit damage already done to congregation’ Accused of soliciting sex from nun Doris Wagner at sex abuse survivor meeting A senior Vatican priest who oversaw […]

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Human bones at Vatican embassy are NOT those of missing teenage girls

Human bones at Vatican embassy are NOT those of missing Italian girls: Hopes of solving 35-year-old mystery are foiled as tests reveal skeleton belonged to a man Teenagers Emanuela Orlandi and Mirella Gregori went missing in Rome in 1983 Bones found at Vatican’s embassy in Rome sparked fresh interest in the cases But initial tests have revealed the bones are […]

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Vatican delays taking action on sexual abuse by priests

Conference of Catholic Bishops told to wait until next year to ensure more oversight and accountability. The Vatican has delayed a vote by Catholic Church leaders in the United States on measures to tackle sexual abuse by priests. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has been told to wait until next year, to ensure more oversight and accountability.   Shihab Rattansi […]

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Bones discovered at Vatican property may be tied to decades-old mystery

VATICAN CITY — Lawyers for the family of a 15-year-old girl who went missing in 1983 say they are pressing Italian prosecutors and the Vatican for more details regarding human bones found near the Holy See’s embassy in Rome. Laura Sgro, a lawyer for the family of Emanuela Orlandi, said Wednesday that the Vatican statement disclosing the discovery “provides little […]

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Pope Francis changes Catholic teaching on death penalty

Pope Francis on Thursday changed the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching to declare that the death penalty can never be sanctioned because it “attacks” the inherent dignity of all humans. The Vatican said the pontiff changed the Catechism of the Catholic Church — the compilation of official Catholic teaching. Previously, the catechism said the church didn’t exclude the use of capital […]

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Theodore McCarrick resigns from College of Cardinals over alleged sexual abuse

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has accepted U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick’s offer to resign from the College of Cardinals following allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an 11-year-old boy, and ordered him to conduct a “life of prayer and penance” in a home to be designated by the pontiff until a church trial is held, the Vatican said Saturday. […]

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GK Chesterton could be Britain’s first Catholic saint in 300 years

GK Chesterton could become Britain’s first Catholic saint in 300 years. The Father Brown author, who died in 1936, is said to have been deeply religious and is credited with answering the prayers of Catholic couples asking for "miracle" babies. The Bishop of Northampton, Peter Doyle, appointed Canon John Udris to look into Chesterton’s credentials in 2013. Udris’ official report […]

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