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As Catholics mark 100 years since birth of John Paul, shadows remainThe Catholic Church on Monday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope John Paul II but questions remained about whether he did enough against sexual abuse.
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Coronavirus drains Vatican coffers as income falls, deficits loomLate last month, the Vatican announced the coronavirus pandemic had forced Pope Francis to postpone an annual fund raising campaign among Catholics worldwide to help him carry out his ministry.
Public Masses in Italy to resume May 18, ending bitter Church-state riftItaly's government and Roman Catholic bishops signed an agreement on Thursday to allow the faithful to attend Masses again from later this month, ending a standoff between the Church and state over the..
In a Philippine lockdown, priests bring church to the communityCatholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez has worn a hazmat suit more than a vestment this past month.
Knights of Malta Grand Master who healed rift with Vatican diesGiacomo Dalla Torre, the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta who steered the global Catholic chivalric order and charity to reconciliation with the Vatican after a period of conflict, died on..
Italy bishops scold government for excluding Mass from lockdown easingItaly's Roman Catholic Church has reprimanded the government for not allowing the faithful to return to Masses at the start of a gradual staged end to Europe's longest coronavirus lockdown.
Pope postpones two mega-events by a year because of coronavirusPope Francis has postponed two major international Catholic Church events by a year because of the uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Vatican said on Monday.
Poland's parliament sends abortion bill to parliamentary commissionPoland's lower house of parliament voted on Thursday to send a bill on tightening abortion rules in the staunchly Catholic country to a parliamentary commission for further work.
Senior Italian cardinal, papal vicar for Rome, has coronavirusCardinal Angelo De Donatis, Pope Francis' vicar for the diocese of Rome, on Monday became the highest-ranking Catholic official known to test positive for coronavirus.
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Poland limits numbers at Catholic masses due to coronavirusPoland's government decided on Tuesday to limit the number of people allowed to take part in religious services to five at one time, in a move aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus..
Catholics worldwide pray with pope for end to coronavirus pandemicCatholics around the world joined Pope Francis in praying the rosary on Thursday night to ask God to end the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more people in Italy than anywhere else.
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Rome churches remain open after Catholics rail against 'Christ in quarantine'A cardinal on Friday modified his order to close Rome's churches to help contain the spread of coronavirus after Pope Francis cautioned against "drastic measures" and Catholics took to social media to..
Catholics rail against 'Christ in quarantine' church closures in RomeCatholics criticized a cardinal's order to close churches in Rome on Friday to help contain the spread of coronavirus and Pope Francis cautioned against "drastic measures".
Rome Catholic churches ordered closed due to coronavirus, unprecedented in modern timesRome's Catholic churches were ordered closed on Thursday because of the coronavirus pandemic, in a moved believed to be unprecedented in modern times.
Catholic Italy adapts to religion in a time of coronavirusIt's hard being a Catholic in Italy these days.
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Pope Francis picks Savannah bishop to lead Atlanta archdiocesePope Francis on Thursday named Gregory Hartmayer, the Roman Catholic bishop of Savannah, to lead the Atlanta archdiocese, its 100 parishes and 1.2 million Catholics.
Pope defrocks rape-convict Kerala vicarPope Francis has dismissed Robin Vadakkumchery. Vadakkumchery was the vicar of St Sebastian Church at Neendunoki, in Kannur district. The dismissal of a priest of the Catholic Church from the clerical..
Vatican says pope 'slightly unwell', dismisses speculationThe Vatican moved on Friday to dismiss speculation that Pope Francis was anything more than "slightly unwell" as the 83-year-old Roman Catholic leader canceled official audiences for the second day.
Coronavirus fears lead Holy Land Catholic churches to give communion by hand onlyRoman Catholic authorities in Jerusalem have instructed their priests to give communion by hand only, rather than placing the wafers on worshippers' tongues, and to empty holy water fonts - as..
Disgraced Catholic order vows to turn page on abuse with new normsThe new leader of the disgraced Legionaries of Christ Catholic religious order, whose founder was a serial sexual abuser, has promised to turn a page as the group enacted new norms to protect children.
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Vatican police make new raid in investigation of London property dealVatican police raided the home and office of a senior Catholic Church official on Tuesday, seizing documents and computers in the latest phase of an investigation into the purchase of luxury London..
Amazon Catholics pledge to press on after Pope says no to married priestsCatholic communities across the Amazon said they would keep pushing for married men to be allowed to celebrate Mass in the remote rainforest region, after a papal decision on Wednesday blocked their..
Upholding celibacy, Pope sidesteps bid to ordain some married menPope Francis on Wednesday dismissed a proposal to allow some married men to be ordained in remote areas, reaffirming the Roman Catholic Church's centuries-old commitment to celibacy among priests.
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Pope asks Catholics to say 'Never Again' to the HolocaustPope Francis on Sunday asked the world's 1.3 billion Catholics to stop for a moment of prayer and reflection on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz and say "Never..
Pence to Pope Francis: 'You have made me a hero'U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, a former Catholic, held an unusually long meeting with Pope Francis on Friday and quipped that he emerged from the encounter feeling like "a hero".
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Philippines' Catholics parade 'Black Nazarene' in celebration of ChristHundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics in the Philippines walked barefoot on Thursday around a centuries-old black wooden statue of Jesus Christ believed to have healing powers, praying for good..
Don't let Church failings distance you from God, Pope says on Christmas EvePope Francis led the world's 1.3 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Tuesday, urging them not to let the Church's failings lead them away from accepting God's love.
Mexican Catholic group says late leader Maciel abused at least 60 minorsMarcial Maciel, the Mexican founder of the ultra-conservative Legionaries of Christ, abused at least 60 minors, according to a new report published Saturday by the Roman Catholic group.
In unusual move, Vatican postpones beatification of first U.S. 'televangelist'In a highly unusual move, the Vatican has postponed the beatification of the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen, a charismatic figure of U.S. Roman Catholicism in the 20th century and pioneer in religious..
Pope urges Thais not to see Christianity as 'foreign'Pope Francis paid tribute on Friday to Catholics in Thailand who suffered or were killed for their faith in the past and urged today's Thais not to consider Christianity a "foreign" religion.
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Catholic devotees in Thailand join choir for visit of Pope FrancisA choir formed of Catholic devotees training to join the church in Thailand were rehearsing on Saturday ahead of the visit of Pope Francis next week.
Pope, closing synod, decries plundering of the AmazonPope Francis on Sunday called for an end to the plundering of the Amazon basin, as he closed an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops who discussed the challenges the Church faces in the region.
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