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Pope calls for commission to study female deacons

Pope Francis met with superiors of women’s religious institutes on May 12 and said he would like to establish a commission to study women deacons, “above all with regard to the early...

Elton John battles to suppress critical story about homosexual partnership

British entertainer Elton John has launched an aggressive, expensive—and, to date, largely successful—effort to suppress a report about his homosexual partner's extra-marital...

Pope weighs in on Islam, embattled French cardinal, SSPX

In a wide-ranging interview with La Croix, Pope Francis discussed various issues facing the Church in France, as well as Islam and migration, the free market and the Christian roots of European...

Cardinal Sarah warns American audience against 'demonic ideology' that endangers family, faith

Cardinal Robert Sarah issued a dramatic warning against the breakdown of morality in a May 17 address to the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC.  "In your nation,...

Dioceses forbidden to establish religious communities without prior Vatican consultation

Beginning June 1, diocesan decrees that establish religious institutes without prior consultation with the Vatican will be invalid, according to a rescript signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the...

Priest kidnapped in Yemen is alive, negotiations underway for his release

The Indian-born Salesian priest who was kidnapped in Yemen in early March is alive and well, and efforts are underway to secure his release, the AsiaNews service reports. Father Tom...

Election of Pope Benedict in 2005 was outcome of 'dramatic struggle,' says Archbishop Gänswein

The longtime personal secretary to Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI has spoken of a "dramatic struggle" at the conclave of 2005, and insisted that the former Pontiff did not resign because of...

Bishops: Obama administration’s transgender letter ‘deeply disturbing’

Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, who chairs the US bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, and Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, who chairs the US bishops’...

Raleigh bishop calls for reversal of controversial 'bathroom bill'

BIshop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh, North Carolina, has said that state's new law prohibiting men from using women's restrooms should be repealed and replaced by more prudent...

Abuse scandal’s total cost: over $3 billion since 2004

The clerical abuse scandal cost American dioceses and religious orders $141,283,794 between mid-2014 and mid-2015, according to a report released by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops...