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McCarrick’s gifts: $600,000 to high-ranking prelates

The disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick sent more than $600,000 in cash gifts to Vatican officials and other influential prelates during his term as Archbishop of Washington, the Washington...

In era of ‘epochal change,’ the Curia must change, Pope says in annual address

“Epochal changes” in culture and communication demand curial reform, so that the Church may more effectively carry out her mission of evangelization, Pope Francis told members of the...

‘The grace of God has appeared,’ Pope Francis emphasizes in Christmas homily

Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the evening of December 24 (video, booklet).

Pope Francis: Christmas Message Urbi et Orbi (To the City and the World)

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Isaiah 9:1) was the theme of the Pope’s Christmas message, delivered on Christmas morning from the central loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica (video).

Priest removed from ministry after taking ‘disturbing’ photos, Pennsylvania diocese says

Msgr. Thomas Derzack, who has served as national chaplain of the Catholic Slovak Federation, has also been “barred from diocesan school events and school property,” the Diocese of Allentown said in a statement.

Philippine bishops praise court’s rejection of same-sex marriage

The Philippine Supreme Court rejected “with finality” a petition to legalize same-sex message.

Pope apologizes for slapping woman’s hand, encourages pilgrims to cultivate peace and hope in 2020

During his January 1 Angelus address (video), Pope Francis said, “We often lose patience. So do I. And I apologize for yesterday’s bad example”—a reference to an incident in which he slapped the hand of a woman who was grabbing his arm (video).

Ohio woman wakes up from 7-month coma after family was told to ‘pull the plug’

The doctors “told me she was brain-dead and pull the plug and all those things,” Kertease Williams said of her 31-year-old daughter.

Methodists propose to split over same-sex marriage, clergy impasse

The United Methodist Church, which has 12.7 million members (6.8 million of them in the US), is the second-largest American Protestant community (after the Southern Baptist Convention).

‘We pray for the conversion of every heart that hates,’ USCCB president says in New Year’s message

“In our neighborhoods and communities, violence and cruelty are a sad and ordinary reality of daily life,” said Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles. “Still children in our country are killed each day in the womb, and many of our neighbors do not have what they need to lead a dignified life. Our politics and cultural discourse are often marked by anger and a merciless and unforgiving contempt for others … The rise of antisemitic violence in this country and around the world must be condemned along with the ongoing persecution of Christians. Protecting religious freedom and freedom of conscience should be among the highest priorities of every government.” This season we note with particular sadness the violent attacks on people of faith.