Jun 22, 2015

Christian warlord Takayama Ukon to be beatified

The Vatican has agreed to recognize Takayama Ukon, one of Japan’s best-known Christian warlords, as beatus or “blessed,” the stage before being declared a saint, Vatican sources said. A beatification ceremony will be held next year in Japan following an official announcement later this ...

Jun 18, 2015

Pope to blame profiteers for killing the planet

Pope Francis will call Thursday on the world’s leaders to pull together to fight global warming, publishing his hotly anticipated thesis on the environment that slams profiteers and slaves to progress. Released six months ahead of a key climate change meeting in Paris, Francis’s ...

Thousands rejoice as El Salvador's Romero beatified

May 24, 2015

Thousands rejoice as El Salvador's Romero beatified

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in 1980 and whose defense of the poor divided his nation and the Catholic Church, was beatified Saturday at a ceremony attended by vast crowds. An estimated 200,000 cheering worshipers from all over the world packed San ...

Vatican finance minister denies Australian bribe allegation

May 21, 2015

Vatican finance minister denies Australian bribe allegation

Pope Francis’ finance minister has denied an allegation that he offered a bribe to a victim of clergy abuse to protect a pedophile priest. The allegation against Cardinal George Pell was made under oath on Wednesday at a government inquiry known as the Royal ...

Impressed by Pope Francis, Castro considers going back to church

May 11, 2015

Impressed by Pope Francis, Castro considers going back to church

Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call Sunday on Pope Francis at the Vatican to thank him for working for Cuban-U.S. detente — and said he was so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic church’s fold. “Bienvenido (welcome)!” ...

Shroud of Turin goes back on display for faithful and curious

Apr 19, 2015

Shroud of Turin goes back on display for faithful and curious

Turin’s archbishop says interest in the Shroud of Turin is so keen that many pilgrims who already saw the burial cloth some believe covered Jesus are returning to see the linen again when it goes back on display starting Sunday. The 4.3-meter-long (14-foot) cloth ...