Belgian bishop declines cardinal’s honor for abuse record

ROME — One of the new cardinals proposed by Pope Francis, the retired bishop of Ghent, Belgium, has given up accepting the honor for his insufficient response to cases of clergy sex abuse, the Belgian bishops’ conference has said. . The Bishop of Ghent, Luc Van Looy, had asked Francis for permission to refuse the … Read more

Pope denounces Russian “cruelty” and praises Ukrainian “heroism”

ROME — Pope Francis blasted the “ferocity and cruelty” of Russian troops in Ukraine while praising the “heroism” and “courage” of Ukrainians in defending their land. Francis made some of his sharpest comments on the war during a meeting with European editors of Jesuit journals last month, excerpts from which appeared Tuesday in Italian daily … Read more

Pope withdraws from annual procession due to knee pain

ROME — Pope Francis has canceled his attendance at an annual mass and procession next weekend due to lingering knee pain, the Vatican announced Monday. The annual Corpus Domini procession, scheduled for Sundays, is a centuries-old Catholic profession of faith in which the Eucharist is publicly displayed. Francis has canceled several events this year due … Read more

German priest found dead after suspension to investigate abuse

BERLIN– A German Catholic priest was found dead a day after being questioned and suspended as part of an investigation into allegations of abuse, church officials said on Friday. The Limburg diocese said in a statement that the head of its seminary was found dead on Thursday. He said the priest had held senior positions … Read more

Pope Francis fuels new speculation about the future of the pontificate

ROME — Pope Francis has fueled rumors about the future of his pontificate by announcing he will travel to the central Italian city of L’Aquila in August for a feast initiated by Pope Celestine V, one of the few pontiffs to have resigned before Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013. Italian and Catholic media have … Read more

Over 50 presumed dead in church attack in Nigeria, officials say

ABUJA, Nigeria – Gunmen opened fire on worshipers and detonated explosives at a Catholic church in southwestern Nigeria on Sunday, killing dozens, state lawmakers said. Lawmaker Ogunmolasuyi Oluwole said the attackers targeted St. Francis Catholic Church in Ondo state just as worshipers were gathering on Pentecost Sunday. Among the dead were many children, he said. … Read more

Pope may meet Patriarch Cyril at September Kazakh meeting

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced on Tuesday that Pope Francis will travel to Kazakhstan in September for an interfaith conference, a gathering that could give him the opportunity to meet the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. Meeting Patriarch Kirill would be significant given Kirill’s justification for Russia’s war in Ukraine. Francis canceled a … Read more

Pope appoints 21 new cardinals, from India, Mongolia, elsewhere

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said on Sunday he had hired 21 clergymen to become cardinals, most of them from continents other than Europe, which has dominated the Catholic hierarchy for most of the country’s history. the Church. Sixteen of those who will receive Francis’ prestigious red cardinal’s hat at a Vatican consistory ceremony on … Read more

Vatican airs dirty laundry in trial at London property

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s sprawling financial trial may yet have produced no convictions or new firearms as prosecutors conduct a first round of questioning of the 10 suspects accused of stealing dozens of million euros to the Holy See. But the testimonies so far have provided plenty of insight into how the Vatican works, … Read more

Pope rallies from knee pain to proclaim 10 new saints

Pope Francis created 10 new saints, rallying over knee pain that forced him to use a wheelchair By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press 16 May 2022, 02:39 • 4 minute read Share on FacebookShare on TwitterEmail this article ROME — Pope Francis created 10 new saints on Sunday, rallying to knee pain that forced him to … Read more