VATICAN CITY | Pope to China Catholics: Make gestures showing communion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged Chinese Catholics on Wednesday to show they are in full communion with the Holy See, amid what appears to be another stall in the Vatican’s longstanding attempts to reach a deal with Beijing over bishop nominations. Francis made the comments during his general audience, noting that many Chinese Catholics … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope to China Catholics: Make gestures showing communion

VATICAN CITY | LGBT community cheers pope’s ‘God made you like this’ remark

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ reported comments to a gay man that “God made you like this” have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis’ desire to make gays feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church. Juan Carlos Cruz said Monday he spoke to Francis about his homosexuality during their … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | LGBT community cheers pope’s ‘God made you like this’ remark

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis to create 14 new cardinals in June

VATICAN CITY —Pope Francis announced on Sunday he has chosen 14 men to be the newest cardinals in the church, among them his chief aide for helping Rome’s homeless and poor, as well as prelates based in Iraq and Pakistan, where Christians are a vulnerable minority. “I am happy to announce that on June 29, … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis to create 14 new cardinals in June

VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Victims in Chile abuse scandal hail resignations

VATICAN CITY — The Latest on a sex abuse and cover-up scandal involving the Catholic Church in Chile (all times local): 2 p.m. Victims of Chile’s most notorious predator priest are reacting with praise and hope after every Chilean bishop offered to resign over a sex abuse and cover-up scandal. Jose Andres Murillo, who earlier … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Victims in Chile abuse scandal hail resignations

VATICAN CITY | Chile’s bishops resign en masse over sex abuse cover-up

VATICAN CITY — Every Chilean bishop offered to resign Friday over a sex abuse and cover-up scandal, in the biggest shakeup ever in the Catholic Church’s long-running abuse saga. The bishops announced at the end of an emergency summit with Pope Francis that all 31 active bishops and three retired ones in Rome had signed … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Chile’s bishops resign en masse over sex abuse cover-up

VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Chile’s bishops offer to resign over scandal

VATICAN CITY — The Latest on a sex abuse and cover-up scandal involving the Catholic Church in Chile (all times local): 1 p.m. All of Chile’s bishops have offered to resign over a sex abuse and cover-up scandal, in what is one of the biggest shake-ups ever in the Catholic Church’s long-running abuse saga. At … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Chile’s bishops offer to resign over scandal