| Mar 13, 2014
| 11:55 AM
WASHINGTON -- Speaker John A. Boehner has invited Pope Francis to deliver a joint address to Congress, in what would be the first such session by the head of the Catholic Church.
The invitation was made on the first anniversary of popular pope's...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 3:04 PM
In one of those peculiar ironies of our self-involvement in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Crimea, it is the moral authority of the United States that is evidently in play. "U.S. Lacks Moral Authority to Criticize Russia for Intervening in...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 4:46 AM
Cardinal Francis George has been hospitalized with "flu-like symptoms" after doctors discovered during a routine checkup last week that he was dehydrated, according to a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Chicago.
George was taken to Loyola University...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 7:51 AM
ROME -- It may sometimes be a breeding ground for pornographers, bullies and hateful extremists, but the Internet received an official blessing Thursday from Pope Francis, who called it a "gift from God."
"The digital world can be an environment rich...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 10:16 AM
ROME -- In their toughest and most public questioning to date about sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy, senior Vatican officials came under heavy criticism Thursday from a United Nations committee over their handling of such cases and...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 1:59 PM
"Noah" star Russell Crowe and a few of the filmmakers behind the upcoming movie epic made it to Vatican City on Thursday for Pope Francis' weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.
It wasn't a private meeting with the pope, and apparently a...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 7:15 PM
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago turned over nearly 6,000 pages of documents detailing clergy sexual abuse to victims' attorneys Wednesday, the same day church officials publicly reiterated concern for those who suffered and regret for their...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 8:17 PM
Joe Iacono wants to read the letters by himself so he can deal with the pain in private.
Jim Laarveld wants to be by his son's side when Keith Laarveld sees the files for the first time.
But Diana Houston laments that her son John took his life...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 2:11 PM
Though the Vatican hasn't made an official announcement, news that Pope Francis may visit Philadelphia in 2015 has generated buzz among the Catholic community and city residents.
Vatican officials told the National Catholic Reporter on Friday that...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 1:45 PM
The aftermath of Michael Sam’s announcement that he is gay and will likely become the first openly homosexual player in the National Football League was greeted Monday with the kind of coverage usually reserved for the lead-up to the Super Bowl....
| Feb 5, 2014
| 7:38 AM
ROME -- The Roman Catholic Church has “systematically” protected predator priests, allowing “tens of thousands” of children to be abused, a United Nations committee said Wednesday in a scathing report that cast the first shadow...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 4:10 PM
ROME — The Roman Catholic Church has "systematically" protected predator priests, allowing tens of thousands of children to be abused, a United Nations committee said Wednesday in a scathing report that cast the first shadow over Pope Francis'...