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Leftist mob assaults Venezuelan archbishop at Mass

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas was roughed up by leftists who burst into the basilica of Santa Teresa on Wednesday of Holy Week. The violent protesters, supporters of President Nicolas...

Pope warns seminarians against ‘clerical academicism,’ careerism

Pope Francis received seminarians and teachers from the Pontifical Spanish College of St. Joseph in an audience at the Apostolic Palace on April 1. The audience took place to commemorate the...

Number of seminarians declines for 4th straight year

The number of major seminarians worldwide has declined for the fourth consecutive year, according to statistics released by the Vatican on April 6. The number of major seminarians worldwide rose...

Pope Francis refers to the end of his pontificate

Pope Francis caused a stir in a crowd in Rome on April 8 by suggesting that he might not survive to see the next international celebration of World Youth Day, which will be held in Panama in...

Vatican rules SSPX priests may officiate at marriages

With the approval of Pope Francis, the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei has issued a letter to bishops on the marriages of Catholics who seek to exchange their vows in churches of the Society of...

Jesuit superior rejects charges of heresy

Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, the newly elected superior general of the Society of Jesus, has brushed off charges that he engaged in heresy when he questioned the Gospel accounts of Jesus’...

Islam is ‘religion of the sword,’ Jesuit scholar tells Vatican newspaper

In an interview published by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, an Egyptian Jesuit has warned that the dominant strain of Islam is “a religion of the sword.” Father...

Special report: Internal documents show split within Knights of Malta

As leaders of the Knights of Malta prepare to elect a new grand master, contending factions have put forward radically different explanations for the dispute that caused a crisis in the ancient...

French presidential candidate Le Pen: ‘I am angry with the Church’

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told the daily La Croix: “I am angry with the Church because I think it interferes with everything except what it should really be concerned...

Ohio court dismisses suit by ex-seminarian

Upholding a lower court ruling, the Ohio Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit by a former seminarian who was expelled from the Pontifical College Josephinum. According to the lawsuit, the...