Pope Francis

Pope Mandates Reporting of Sex Abuse Claims in Vatican City

Pope Francis attends an audience with participants of a course on the Internal Forum promoted by the Apostolic Penitentiary Court, in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Friday, March 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has issued sweeping new sex abuse legislation for Vatican personnel and Holy See diplomats overseas, requiring the immediate reporting of…

The Latest: Survivors Demand Transparency at Vatican Summit

Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org group, holds up a photo of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the archbishop of Houston-Galveston and the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, during a press conference at the foreign press association in Rome, Tuesday Feb. 19, 2019. DiNardo has been accused by victims of downplaying their accusations against Rev. Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, who…

High Profile Allegations Have Catholic Parishioners Asking Tough Questions

NEW YORK – Who should be allowed to serve as priests in the Catholic church, only straight men? Or gay men as well? Allegations that disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick engaged in sex with adult seminarians have inflamed the long-running debate. Some conservatives want a purge of all gay priests. Moderates want the Church to eliminate the need for secrecy by…

Pope Francis Changes Church Teaching About Death Penalty

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis has changed church teaching about the death penalty, saying it can never be sanctioned because it “attacks” the inherent dignity of all humans. The Vatican said Thursday that Francis had changed the Catechism of the Catholic Church – the compilation of official Catholic teaching. Previously, the catechism said the church didn’t exclude recourse to…

Someone You Should Know: Teen Using Community Service and Show Performance to Empower Others

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An educational organization has sparked a change in a Sioux Falls teenager thanks to a trip he recently took around the world. The experience not only impacted his life but even ignited a career interest he’s long had. From singing for Pope Francis to teaching dance lessons to children in Mexico. July 2017 will be a…

Pope Speaks Out Against DAPL

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has insisted that indigenous peoples must give prior consent for any economic activity on their ancestral lands – an indirect critique as the Donald Trump administration seeks to advance construction on a $3.8 billion oil pipeline over opposition from American Indians. Francis met Wednesday with representatives of indigenous peoples attending a U.N. agricultural meeting in…