May 4, 2014

Pope sex abuse panel highlights accountability

Members of Pope Francis’ sexual abuse advisory board said Saturday they will develop “clear and effective” protocols to hold bishops and other church authorities accountable if they fail to report suspected abuse or protect children from pedophile priests. Victims groups have long blasted the ...

Vatican under global scrutiny after U.N. sex abuse report

Feb 6, 2014

Vatican under global scrutiny after U.N. sex abuse report

The U.N.’s damning report on the Vatican’s handling of child sex abuse cases has turned up the pressure on the church to convince a skeptical international community it has adopted a zero-tolerance approach. “The Vatican has taken some steps forward, but they have been ...

Mar 16, 2013

Pope-to-be turned to the church after young love thwarted

“If I don’t marry you, I’ll become a priest.” They didn’t get married. He became a priest. And on Wednesday, he became the pope. According to a bespectacled, white-haired woman identified only as Amalia, Jorge Bergoglio wrote those words to her in a letter ...

Mar 15, 2013

Choice of saint's name signals solidarity with the poor

For his name as pope, Jorge Bergoglio chose one that harks back eight centuries to St. Francis of Assisi, a man who renounced a life of privilege, gave away everything he owned, wore a coarse woolen tunic, lived in a hut and took a ...