Vermont senator Bernie Sanders was invited to the Vatican, but not by Pope Francis. It turns out the Vermont senator was invited to speak at a conference held by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, an academy founded by the Vatican.
The Vatican is backing away from the controversy, saying that Kim Davis was one of “several dozen” people that Pope Francis met — and he wasn’t the one who invited her.
The Vatican Secretary of State said the Holy See had always opposed the trade and economic embargo against Cuba because it hurt ordinary people most.
Pope Francis wants to have a discussion where participants listen with humility to different viewpoints at a summit on Catholic church teachings and modern lifestyles.
By Lauren Raab, Los Angeles Times An interview that credits Pope Francis as saying about 2 percent of Roman Catholic clerics are pedophiles stirred controversy Sunday, as the Vatican sought to raise questions about the article’s accuracy and others called on the pope to take more action on the issue. The remarks, reported in the […]
By Alvise Armellini VATICAN CITY — The newly appointed head of the Vatican’s bank, the Institute for Religious Works, pledged on Wednesday to focus on “Catholic, ethical investments,” as part of plans to clean up the scandal-plagued institution. Over the decades, the Vatican bank has been involved in a long list of financial scandals, allegedly […]
Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis acknowledged Monday that the suicides of clerical sex abuse victims weigh on his conscience as he thanked victims on Monday for shining a light on the “terrible darkness” at the heart of the Catholic Church. At his long-awaited first meeting with victims, the pope reached out to the tens […]
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican acknowledged Thursday that many Catholics do not understand or follow its teachings on marriage and sexual ethics as it commented the results of a worldwide consultation. In the past months, ordinary Catholics were polled on hot-button issues as part of Vatican preparations for the Synod, a special bishops’ meeting that […]
By Ofira Koopmans, DPA JERUSALEM — Pope Francis balanced out a prior detour to Israel’s controversial West Bank wall outside Bethlehem with a visit to a monument honoring the victims of suicide bombers in Jerusalem as he wrapped up his Holy Land pilgrimage Monday. The pope ended a historic, three-day Holy Land pilgrimage, rife with […]
By Daniella Cheslow, McClatchy Foreign Staff JERUSALEM — The Cenacle, named for the Latin word for dinner, is testament to the layers of religious history in Jerusalem — and the trouble that competing faiths can cause. According to tradition, it was in the Cenacle that Jesus ate a Passover feast the night before his Crucifixion, instituting […]
By Alvise Armellini VATICAN CITY — The leader of the Catholic Church will be accompanied by a rabbi and a Muslim leader on a trip to the Middle East this month, the Vatican said Thursday, hailing Pope Francis’ symbolic gesture as “formidable.” Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud, both based in Buenos Aires, are longtime friends […]
GENEVA — A United Nations hearing on the Vatican’s compliance with the international anti-torture convention should not be used to review sex abuse scandals, a Vatican envoy made clear Monday at the start of the session. The Holy See faced the U.N. Committee Against Torture in Geneva as part of that body’s regular country review […]
VATICAN CITY — Priests in the northern Italian town of Bergamo will be asked to give up a month of their salaries to fund charity projects in the name of the soon-to-be-saint Pope John XXIII, Vatican officials said Monday. John XXIII, who led the Catholic Church from 1958 until his death in 1963, came from […]
By Tangi Quemener and Laure Brumont Vatican City (AFP) — U.S. President Barack Obama spoke of his admiration for Pope Francis and invited him to the United States at their first talks on Thursday, but got a reprimand for contraception clauses in his healthcare reform act. Obama said he had been “extremely moved” by the […]
WASHINGTON — Religion makes a lot of mistakes. Faith traditions can be so harsh that they drive away everyone but the self-righteous scolds. Or they can so indulge in therapeutic comfort and manufactured joy that they come to seem like a charlatan’s game. They can be so otherworldly that they offer no guidance to those […]