Christmas Eve brings pilgrims to Bethlehem, fears in Europe

Dec 25, 2016

Christmas Eve brings pilgrims to Bethlehem, fears in Europe

Christian leaders from the Vatican to Bethlehem struck a sombre note on Christmas Eve speaking of war, fear and division, as cities in Europe ramped up security in the shadow of the Berlin market attack. At the Vatican, Pope Francis urged the world’s 1.2 ...

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 ...

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 ...