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Catholic Church: Largest Christian church, led by the Bishop of Rome
The Catholic Church, sometimes referred to as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with approximately 1.3 billion baptised Catholics worldwide as of 2017. As the world's oldest and largest continuously functioning international institution, it has played a prominent role in the history and development of Western civilisation. The church is headed by the Bishop of Rome, known as the pope. Its central administration is the Holy See.


Pope to Catholics: For Lent, give up trolling

During Lent, Catholics are called on to give up something, like sweets. On Wednesday, Pope Francis added a modern twist to the list of things to quit during the season and beyond: insulting people on..
Reuters - Published

Supreme Court to decide if foster care agencies can snub gay, lesbian couples due to religious objections

The dispute is one in a series of challenges from Catholic and other religious groups and individuals objecting to same-sex marriage. - Published

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Pope nixes proposal to let married men be priests [Video]Pope nixes proposal to let married men be priests

Pope Francis, in one of the most significant decisions of his papacy, appears to have bowed to conservative pressure and dismissed a proposal to use married men to offset dwindling numbers of priests...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:56Published

Catholic Church to reveal decision on priestly celibacy in Amazon [Video]Catholic Church to reveal decision on priestly celibacy in Amazon

Church mulls decision due to scarcity of priests in Amazon and decreasing number of Roman Catholics in Latin America.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:51Published

Archbishop pays tribute to 'bridge-builder' Seamus Mallon at funeral [Video]Archbishop pays tribute to 'bridge-builder' Seamus Mallon at funeral

Seamus Mallon was a bridge-builder who dedicated himself to peacemaking, the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland has told mourners at his funeral. The former Stormont deputy first minister and..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:19Published

Believers and Retrievers: pets taken to church for special blessings in Madrid [Video]Believers and Retrievers: pets taken to church for special blessings in Madrid

The Catholic tradition is meant to bring the animals health and protection for the coming year.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Benedict breaks silence on Vatican's celibacy debate [Video]Benedict breaks silence on Vatican's celibacy debate

Former Pope Benedict, in a new book written with a conservative cardinal, defends priestly celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church in what appears to be a strategically timed appeal to Pope Francis to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:04Published

Methodist church plans to split over gay marriage, clergy -officials [Video]Methodist church plans to split over gay marriage, clergy -officials

The United Methodist Church plans to split into two denominations later this year, church officials said on Friday, a schism that follows years of contention over whether the church should end its ban..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:16Published


Report finds Catholic charity founder sexually abused women

report finds catholic charity founder sexually abused women
PARIS: A respected Catholic figure who worked to improve conditions for the developmentally disabled for more than half a century sexually abused at least six women during most of that period,..
WorldNews - Published

Vatican police make new raid in investigation of London property deal

Vatican police raided the home and office of a senior Catholic Church official on Tuesday, seizing documents and computers in the latest phase of an investigation into the purchase of luxury London..
Reuters - Published

Facing a Wave of Sex-Abuse Claims, Boy Scouts of America Files for Bankruptcy

The nonprofit group, which counts more than two million youth participants, follows Catholic dioceses and U.S.A. Gymnastics in seeking bankruptcy protection amid sex-abuse cases. - Published

Catholic priest is father to flock, and his kids

In a Catholic world where debates over clerical celibacy flare from Brazil to the Vatican, Joshua Whitfield is a rarity: A married Catholic priest. (Feb 14) - Published

Evangelicals And Mormons Were On Trial At Trump’s Impeachment-Guess Who Lost?

evangelicals and mormons were on trial at trump’s impeachment-guess who lost?
Article by WN.Com Correspondent Dallas Darling William Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage.” It is also a test of one’s true faith and character in the face of authoritarian regimes...
WorldNews - Published

Bolsonaro attacks Pope Francis over pontiff's plea to protect the Amazon

bolsonaro attacks pope francis over pontiff's plea to protect the amazon
Pope urged Catholics to ‘feel outrage’ over Amazon destruction Bolsonaro: ‘What is Greenpeace? Nothing but rubbish’ Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has lashed out at Pope Francis..
WorldNews - Published

Amazon Catholics pledge to press on after Pope says no to married priests

Catholic communities across the Amazon said they would keep pushing for married men to be allowed to celebrate Mass in the remote rainforest region, after a papal decision on Wednesday blocked their..
Reuters - Published

Upholding celibacy, Pope sidesteps bid to ordain some married men

Pope Francis on Wednesday dismissed a proposal to allow some married men to be ordained in remote areas, reaffirming the Roman Catholic Church's centuries-old commitment to celibacy among priests.
Reuters - Published

Pope decides against ordaining married priests in the Amazon

Pope Francis declined Wednesday to approve the ordination of married men to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has dominated debate in the Catholic Church..
France 24 - Published

Pope Francis set to decide on special exception to priestly celibacy rule

pope francis set to decide on special exception to priestly celibacy rule
Rome - Pope Francis is expected to decide on Wednesday whether to make a limited exception to the celibacy rule for priests, one of the most controversial issues in the Catholic Church today. In..
WorldNews - Published

Cardinal Barbarin: France's top cleric cleared of abuse cover-up

France's top Catholic cleric had been given a six-month suspended sentence for failing to report abuse.
BBC News - Published

Catholic, independent schools sign up to clearer rules on funding

Catholic and independent schools have signed a new agreement that spells out the rules governing how they can spend public money.
The Age - Published

Minnesota priest calls Muslim immigrants a threat, drawing rebuke from Catholic Church

A Minnesota Catholic leader rejected remarks made by a priest who called Islam the "greatest threat in the world" to the US and Christianity. - Published

Priests in defunct Catholic order in Italy accused of sexual abuse

Nine members of a defunct, cult-like Roman Catholic religious order in Italy's Tuscany region are under investigation for alleged sexual abuse of two brothers when they were minors, authorities said on..
Reuters - Published

Catholic clergy abuse victim leads drive to shakeup establishment politics in Chile

A Chilean sexual abuse victim who took on the Catholic Church has announced plans to form a new political party, one of several that has emerged since protests rocked the country late last year.
Reuters - Published

Pope asks Catholics to say 'Never Again' to the Holocaust

Pope Francis on Sunday asked the world's 1.3 billion Catholics to stop for a moment of prayer and reflection on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz and say "Never..
Reuters - Published

Pence to Pope Francis: 'You have made me a hero'

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, a former Catholic, held an unusually long meeting with Pope Francis on Friday and quipped that he emerged from the encounter feeling like "a hero".
Reuters - Published

'Tired of politicized pastors': Maduro alerts Pope that Venezuelans are DITCHING Catholicism

'tired of politicized pastors': maduro alerts pope that venezuelans are ditching catholicism
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that his countrymen are fleeing the Catholic Church en masse because they have grown tired of "politicized" bishops. "I want to tell you, dear Pope Francis, we..
WorldNews - Published

'They could have helped me,' Paedophile French priest says of Church during trial

Former Catholic priest Bernard Preynat, on trial for sexually abusing dozens of boy scouts in the 1970s and 1980s, said on Wednesday that he warned the Catholic Church about his sexual impulses but..
France 24 - Published

Two popes — one retired, one reigning — cause a furor

two popes — one retired, one reigning — cause a furor
VATICAN CITY — Ever since Benedict XVI announced he would become the first pope in 600 years to resign, Catholic theologians, canon lawyers and others warned of the potential confusion in having two..
WorldNews - Published

Ex-pope Benedict wants name removed from new book - aide

Former Pope Benedict wants his name removed as co-author of a new book on the issue of priestly celibacy, his personal secretary said on Tuesday, in the latest twist to a saga that has kept the Roman..
Reuters - Published

Victims of paedophile priest face attacker in court for first time

victims of paedophile priest face attacker in court for first time
The victims of a paedophile priest at the heart of the biggest scandal to hit the Catholic church will face their attacker in a French court. Bernard Preynat, 74, who has been defrocked, is believed to..
WorldNews - Published

Pope Benedict XVI breaks silence to reaffirm priest celibacy

pope benedict xvi breaks silence to reaffirm priest celibacy
Retired Pope Benedict XVI has broken his silence to reaffirm the “necessity" of priestly celibacy, co-authoring a bombshell book at the precise moment that Pope Francis is weighing whether to allow..
WorldNews - Published

Philippines' Catholics parade 'Black Nazarene' in celebration of Christ

Hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics in the Philippines walked barefoot on Thursday around a centuries-old black wooden statue of Jesus Christ believed to have healing powers, praying for good..
Reuters - Published

Disgraced former cardinal McCarrick gave more than $600,000 in church funds to powerful clerics, records show

disgraced former cardinal mccarrick gave more than $600,000 in church funds to powerful clerics, records show
Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in church money to powerful Catholic clerics over nearly two decades, according to financial records obtained by The Washington..
WorldNews - Published

Worried about abortion laws? Catholic hospital mergers also seen as threat to women's reproductive care

High-profile legislative restrictions to abortion make headlines, but mergers of Catholic and secular hospitals also can limit reproductive care choices. - Published

Pope Francis kicks off Christmas celebrations with midnight Mass

pope francis kicks off christmas celebrations with midnight mass
Pope Francis ushered in Christmas celebrations for the world's 1.3 billion Catholics on Tuesday, saying the celebration of Jesus's birth reminded humanity how "God continues to love us all, even the..
WorldNews - Published

Pope’s Christmas message: ”God continues to love us all, even the worst of us".

Pope Francis ushered in Christmas celebrations for the world's 1.3 billion Catholics on Tuesday, saying the celebration of Jesus's birth reminded humanity how "God continues to love us all, even the..
France 24 - Published

Don't let Church failings distance you from God, Pope says on Christmas Eve

Pope Francis led the world's 1.3 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas on Tuesday, urging them not to let the Church's failings lead them away from accepting God's love.
Reuters - Published

Mexican Catholic group says late leader Maciel abused at least 60 minors

Marcial Maciel, the Mexican founder of the ultra-conservative Legionaries of Christ, abused at least 60 minors, according to a new report published Saturday by the Roman Catholic group.
Reuters - Published

'Should have happened a long time ago': Victim advocates welcome Pope’s secrecy changes

Pope Francis’ abolishing of the use of the Vatican’s highest level of secrecy has been called a step in the right direction by advocates, but they say much more needs to be done by the Catholic..
SBS - Published

Alleged U.S. sex abuse victims sue Vatican over secrecy policy

Seven people who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests when they were children sued the Vatican on Tuesday, saying that a secrecy policy imposed on U.S. bishops effectively fostered..
Reuters - Published

Pope abolishes 'pontifical secrecy' in clergy sexual abuse investigations

Pope Francis on Tuesday announced sweeping changes to the way the Roman Catholic Church deals with cases of sexual abuse of minors, abolishing the rule of “pontifical secrecy” that previously..
France 24 - Published Also reported by •WorldNewsReuters

Pope scraps pontifical secrecy rule over sex abuse

Pope Francis makes sweeping changes to the way the Roman Catholic Church deals with sex abuse cases.
BBC News - Published

Catholic leaders condemned for failing to recognise sexual assault as a crime

Justice Peter McClellan, head of the royal commission into child sex abuse, has condemned Catholic leaders for failing to recognise sexual assault as a crime.
SBS - Published

Commissioner condemns Catholic leaders

Justice Peter McClellan, head of the royal commission into child sex abuse, has condemned Catholic leaders for failing to recognise sexual assault as a crime.
SBS - Published

Johann Baptist Metz, Theologian of Compassion, Dies at 91

One of the most influential Catholic theologians of the 20th century, he challenged his fellow German Catholics to face the reality of Auschwitz. - Published

'I cannot comprehend': Sex abuse royal commissioner slams Catholic leaders

Speaking for the first time, Justice Peter McClellan says the idea that the abuse of children was a moral failure not a crime was a sign of the "corruption".
The Age - Published

In unusual move, Vatican postpones beatification of first U.S. 'televangelist'

In a highly unusual move, the Vatican has postponed the beatification of the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen, a charismatic figure of U.S. Roman Catholicism in the 20th century and pioneer in religious..
Reuters - Published

'You're going to feel welcomed': Why more Latinos in the US are leaving the Catholic Church for Islam

A mosque in New Jersey is home to a growing community of Latino Muslims, many of them converts from other religions. Here's why. - Published

Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce on "The Two Popes"

In 2013 the unthinkable happened: a pope resigned, and another became head of the Vatican. For the first time in six centuries, the Catholic Church had two popes. The new film "The Two Popes" imagines..
CBS News - Published

George Clements, Priest and Activist, Is Dead at 87

He worked to advance black causes within the Catholic Church, and in 1981 he drew national coverage and consternation in the church when he adopted a child. - Published

CBD Melbourne: Church sells up in Kew

Melbourne’s spring property market really is the rising tide that lifts all boats. Heck, even the Catholic Church is cashing in.
The Age - Published

Two priests in Argentina sentenced to more than 40 years in sex abuse case

An Argentine court on Monday convicted two Roman Catholic priests and the former gardener of a church-run school for deaf students in the province of Mendoza on 28 counts of sexual abuse and corruption..
Reuters - Published

AP Top Stories November 22 P

Here are the top stories for Friday, Nov. 22nd: Trump says he'd welcome a Senate trial; Suspect in texting suicide case pleads not guilty; Anti-government protesters killed in Baghdad; Pope brings hope.. - Published

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