Dec 24, 2016

Knights of Malta to pope: Stay out of our internal affairs

The Order of Malta, the ancient Roman Catholic aristocratic lay order, has told Pope Francis that his decision to launch an investigation into the ouster of a top official over an old condom scandal is “unacceptable.” In an extraordinary rebuke of the pontiff, the ...

'Barbaric' Duterte wants daily executions in Philippines

Dec 19, 2016

'Barbaric' Duterte wants daily executions in Philippines

Philippine Catholic leaders and rights groups on Monday condemned as “barbaric” President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to restore the death penalty and execute “five or six” criminals daily. Duterte, 71, has made reviving the death penalty in the mainly Catholic nation his top legislative priority ...

Pope Francis falls in Poland, escapes injury

Jul 28, 2016

Pope Francis falls in Poland, escapes injury

Pope Francis fell Thursday after stumbling down a step on an altar during a visit to Poland but quickly got back to his feet, seemingly without injury. Polish media broadcast images of the 79-year-old Argentine pontiff stumbling, then falling down out of view before ...

Jul 7, 2016

Divorcees must avoid sex, says U.S. archbishop

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia is closing the door opened by Pope Francis to letting civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion, saying the faithful in his archdiocese can only do so if they abstain from sex and live “as brother and ...

Jul 7, 2016

A divided Poland mulls total abortion ban

A 35-year-old woman rests on her hospital bed in Germany after an abortion. Her staunchly Catholic country, Poland, has one of Europe’s most restrictive termination laws, so she and her partner drove just over the border. “We told no one. Because I know it’s ...

Pope's comments on modern marriage raise storm of criticism

Jun 17, 2016

Pope's comments on modern marriage raise storm of criticism

Pope Francis has said the “great majority” of Catholic marriages being celebrated today are invalid because couples do not fully realize it is a lifetime commitment, drawing sharp criticism from Church conservatives. The pope, who has come under fire before for making spontaneous comments ...