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 ...

Nov 26, 2016

Pope Francis grieves, prays for late atheist revolutionary leader

Pope Francis said the death of Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro was “sad news” and that he was grieving and praying for his repose. Francis expressed his condolences in a Spanish-language message to Fidel’s brother, President Raul Castro, on Saturday. The pope, who met ...

China priests wary of Vatican's olive branch

Nov 2, 2016

China priests wary of Vatican's olive branch

Secret talks between the Vatican and Beijing are raising hopes of a “historic” rapprochement after six decades of estrangement, but some Chinese clergy fear that Rome will accept a communist stranglehold over the country’s Catholics. Since becoming head of the Holy See in 2013 ...