| Jun 27, 2014
| 10:07 AM
The Vatican conceded Thursday that most Catholics reject its teachings on sex and contraception as intrusive and irrelevant and officials pledged not to "close our eyes to anything" when it opens a two-year debate on some of the thorniest issues facing...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 12:04 PM
Vaticanologists — the Catholic version of Kremlinologists — are journalists and scholars who scrutinize even the most trivial actions for clues to the thinking of the pope. A subset of this group (in which I include myself) pays special...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 3:50 PM
David Suchet, best known for his television portrayal of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, plays another canny scrutinizer of nefarious human behavior in Roger Crane's "The Last Confession," a straightforward political drama sexing itself up as a...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 5:17 PM
People clapped, gasped and cried when a man pushed Father Joseph Terra into the room full of parishioners at St. Catherine of Siena on Monday.
Still in a wheelchair after being wounded last week during a break-in at Mater Misericordiae Mission that left...
| Jun 8, 2014
| 5:39 PM
Pope Francis made an unprecedented bid for peace in the Holy Land on Sunday by hosting a prayer meeting at the Vatican with the presidents of Israel and Palestine Authority.
Weeks after the last round of U.S.-backed peace talks failed, Francis...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The Marines -- 250 of them, together with carrier air support and Marine Corps Osprey support craft -- have been dispatched to save the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the "biggest in the world," "the size of the Vatican City," with its swimming pools and...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 8:14 PM
| Jun 9, 2014
| 2:44 PM
More married men may be serving as Catholic priests in the U.S. and Canada soon, but not because Pope Francis is about to relax the requirement that Latin Rite priests be celibate.
Last week the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 8:08 AM
Theologians charged with advising the Vatican on causes for sainthood have agreed that a reported miracle in 2010 should be attributed to the intercession of Fulton Sheen, the archbishop from Peoria known as one of the world's first televangelists,...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 7:09 AM
Pope Francis told victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clerics the Church should "weep and make reparation" for crimes he said had taken on the dimensions of a sacrilegious cult.
"For some time now I have felt in my heart deep pain and suffering,"...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 12:59 PM
Pope Francis met for the first time with victims of clerical sexual abuse on Monday and pledged that bishops who covered up such abuse of minors would be held accountable.
Likening the abuse to a “sacrilegious cult” that drove its victims...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 10:15 AM
The Vatican named a new head and board for its scandal-plagued bank Wednesday, capping a cleanup campaign overseen by Pope Francis that has seen hundreds of suspect accounts shut down.
French financier Jean-Baptiste de Franssu, who called his new job "a...