(RNS) The ongoing controversy over the funeral of an unrepentant Nazi marred Wednesday’s ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of the deportation of more than 1,000 of Rome’s Jews to concentration camps.
ROME (RNS) "It would be inappropriate to host a funeral for a man guilty of such atrocities and who never expressed regret even though he had many opportunities to do so," said the Rev. Alessandro Bianchi.
ROME (RNS) The Diocese of Freiburg in Germany recently broke ranks and said divorced and remarried Catholics could receive Communion if they were "trying to live according to their faith."
ROME (RNS) Then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio surprised Vatican watchers by becoming the first pope in 2,000 years to pick the name Francis, and he has since looked to emulate his namesake by keeping much of the luxuries of the papacy at arm's length.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) "This is a long task and there have been many suggestions and contributions," the Vatican's chief spokesman said. "One should not expect conclusions in the short term."
ROME (RNS) Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be formally declared saints on April 27, 2014 -- a bit of ticket-balancing by Pope Francis, who may be hoping to heal splits in the church by pairing the canonization of a pope who is a hero to the left and one who is a hero to the right.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis' honeymoon has the global media swooning after the media's abrupt breakup with his predecessor, Benedict XVI.
ROME (RNS) Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI disputed the claim that abuse is pervasive in the Catholic Church, noting that "according to research by sociologists, the percentage of priests guilty of these crimes is no higher than those present in other similar professional fields."
ROME (RNS) it was just Francis' third trip beyond Rome as pope, but it was at least the sixth time in his six-month papacy that Francis sought out the poor and destitute.
ROME (RNS) Payments totaling more than $460,000 reportedly began with the aim of helping the family of the cash-strapped Gypsy woman but were soon made in order to prevent her from revealing evidence of the affair with an elderly priest.
ROME (RNS) Pope Francis said Christians should not refrain from praying for leaders they do not agree with: “Pray for him, pray for her, that they can govern well,” the pontiff said, adding: “A Christian who does not pray for his leaders is not a good Christian.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A month after returning to live at the Vatican, visitors say retired Pope Benedict XVI is in failing health even as his mind remains sharp.
ROME (RNS) Francis is the church's first Jesuit pope, and Jesuit traditions favor simple cuisine — one of the rules of the order is for diners to fill up on bread because it avoids the "disorder" that comes from being "tempted by other foods."
ROME (RNS) "With each conclave, fewer and fewer people will even remember when there was an Italian pope," says La Stampa's Giacomo Galeazzi.