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Pope condemns baseball's designated-hitter rule

Pope Francis has issued a surprise statement condemning the designated-hitter rule in American baseball as "a clear violation of the natural law."  The papal statement, Et Novem...

Vatican newspaper: follow-up article on women preaching at Mass

Recent essays in the Vatican newspaper suggesting that women should be allowed to preach at Mass were not written with “the intention of contradicting the current discipline,” one of the...

In Lyon, Catholics, Muslims gather to honor the Virgin Mary

Four hundred Catholics and Muslims gathered recently in the Maronite Catholic parish in Lyon, France, to honor the Virgin Mary on the Solemnity of the Annunciation. The Annunciation is celebrated...

Jesuit editor says Pope has removed restrictions on divorced/remarried access to sacraments

Father Antono Spadaro, the Italian Jesuit who was an influential figure in the meetings of the Synod on the Family, now writes that Pope Francis has removed all restrictions on the access of...

Pope's post-Synod document emphasizes flexibility

Pope Francis upholds the traditional teachings of the Catholic Church, but calls for great flexibility in applying those teachings, in Amoris Laetitia, his apostolic exhortation concluding the work...

Cardinal Levada accepts fine, suspended license on drunk-driving charge

Cardinal William Levada, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has pleaded no contest to drunk-driving charges in a Hawaii court; he will pay a $300 fine and court...

Prelates' differing responses to Amoris Laetitia

Cardinal Walter Kasper said that Amoris Laetitia "changes everything," but other prelates stressed that the apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis has not wrought any major...

Italy now only half-Catholic, poll says

Only about half of Italy's people identify themselves as Catholic today, according to a new poll published by L'Unita newspaper.  Although Catholics still represent by far the...

Vatican suspends external audit

A thorough audit of all Vatican offices has been suspended, in a major blow to plans for reform of Vatican financial affairs. The Secretariat of State has informed Vatican offices that the...

Norwegian bishop says priests will no longer officiate at civil marriages

Bishop Bernt Eidsvig of Oslo has indicated that Catholic priests in Norway will no longer act as civil officials at weddings. The bishop consulted with the Vatican about how churches should...