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 ...

Pope OKs procedures to remove bishops who botch sex abuse cases

Jun 4, 2016

Pope OKs procedures to remove bishops who botch sex abuse cases

Pope Francis has established legal procedures to remove bishops who botch handling sex abuse cases, saying they can be kicked out of office if the Vatican finds they were negligent in doing their jobs. In a law published Saturday, Francis answered a long-running demand ...

Pope returns with 12 refugees after visit to Greek camp

Apr 17, 2016

Pope returns with 12 refugees after visit to Greek camp

Pope Francis took three families of Syrian refugees back to Rome on Saturday after visiting the frontline of Europe’s migrant crisis at a camp in Greece where migrants wept at his feet, kissed his hand and begged for help. At a sprawling fenced complex ...

Zika fears prompt Brazilians to confront abortion taboo

Feb 15, 2016

Zika fears prompt Brazilians to confront abortion taboo

Before her son was born, Danielle Alves didn’t know Luiz Gustavo would have microcephaly, a condition that has left the 3-year-old so disabled he can’t walk, talk or eat without help. Still, Alves says she would have gone ahead with the pregnancy even if ...