The Papacy

 

Transsexuals cannot be godparents, Vatican tells priest

ROME - The Vatican told a Spanish bishop that transsexuals cannot be godparents after he asked for a formal answer on the matter, the cleric in the diocese of Cadiz and Ceuta said.

Pope to allow all priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church's Holy Year to formally forgive women who have had abortions -- the Argentine pontiff's latest move towards a more open and inclusive church. | Video

World, 01 Sep 2015

Former Vatican ambassador accused of child abuse dies

VATICAN CITY - A Catholic former archbishop accused of child sex offences was found dead on Friday, the Vatican said, a month after he was hospitalised on the eve of his trial.

World, 28 Aug 2015

Vatican says won't co-sponsor Palestinian flag initiative at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS - The Vatican on Tuesday asked the Palestinian U.N. mission to remove all references to it from a draft resolution the Palestinians have prepared for the General Assembly calling for the flags of Palestine and the Holy See to fly at the U.N.

World, 26 Aug 2015

Insight - Pope's climate push at odds with U.S. Catholic oil investments

BOSTON - Pope Francis heartened environmentalists around the world in June when he urged immediate action to save the planet from the effects of climate change, declaring that the use of "highly polluting fossil fuels needs to be progressively replaced without delay."

World, 12 Aug 2015

Pope sets up yearly Catholic Church day of care for environment

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, riding a wave of mostly positive reaction to his encyclical on ecology, on Monday set up a Catholic "World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation" to draw attention to the plight of the planet.

World, 10 Aug 2015

Pope calls for global nuclear ban on anniversary of Nagasaki

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis called for a global ban on nuclear weapons on Sunday as he commemorated the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

World, 09 Aug 2015

Pope laments destruction of forests to plant soy

- Pope Francis criticised the destruction of forests in order to plant soy in an interview with an Argentine radio station on Saturday, reinforcing his message that the environment should take precedence over financial gain.

World, 08 Aug 2015

Don't treat divorced Catholics as outcasts, Pope tells priests

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis told priests on Wednesday to be more merciful to Catholics who have divorced and remarried outside the Church, saying they should not be treated as if they had been excommunicated. | Video

World, 05 Aug 2015

Pope calls for release of priest, bishops abducted in Syria

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for the release of an Italian Jesuit priest and two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria two years ago, asking leaders to work for the freedom of all those abducted there.

World, Syria, Middle East, 26 Jul 2015

The Pope's trip to Brazil

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