Frances D'Emilio is an author at Religion News Service.
Hymns through masks: Christians mark another pandemic Easter
VATICAN CITY (AP) — From vast Roman Catholic cathedrals to Protestant churches, worshippers followed regulations on the coronavirus.
Pope on Christmas: Vaccines for all; needy, vulnerable first
(AP) — With the world suffering an ecological and economic crises on top of the pandemic, Francis said, it is all the more important for us to acknowledge one another as brothers and sisters.”
Pope Francis to visit Iraq in March, COVID-19 pandemic permitting
Pope Francis to make his first overseas trip in more than year, if COVID allows.
Pope names 13 new cardinals, includes Washington DC Archbishop Gregory
(AP) — In the surprise announcement, made from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal’s rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28.
No bones found in Vatican tombs searched for missing girl
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Emanuela Orlandi’s disappearance is one of Italy’s most enduring mysteries, and the opening of the tombs at her family’s request was the latest search for possible leads to fail.
Pope: Vatican next year to open archives on wartime Pius XII
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Monday he has decided to open up the Vatican archives on World War II-era Pope Pius XII, who has been criticized by Jews of staying silent on the Holocaust.
Pope’s Christmas wish: World fraternity despite differences
VATICAN CITY (AP) — His plea Tuesday for stronger bonds among peoples came as nationalism and a suspicion of migrants are gaining traction across much of the globe.
US prelate McCarrick resigns from College of Cardinals
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Holy See’s announcement about McCarrick said that Pope Francis was taking action by isolating McCarrick and ordering penance even before ‘accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial.’
Pope to new cardinals: Defend dignity of others
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday gave the church 14 new cardinals, exhorting them to resist temptations toward vanity and to stay on mission, which he specified means serving the needy instead of their own interests.
2 more Chilean bishops are out as Pope Francis cleans house
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, the latest fallout from a sex abuse scandal whose scope and gravity were initially underestimated by the pontiff.
Pope, in Geneva, says Christians can work together on peace
GENEVA (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Christians to work together to further peace and justice in the world and resist the temptation to use religious differences as excuses to thwart unity as he made a visit to Geneva, one of the first cities to embrace the Protestant Reformation. Francis pitched for greater togetherness […]
Chile victims of clergy sex abuse praise talks with pope
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Men who were sexually abused by a priest in Chile described the private talks they’ve had so far with Pope Francis at the Vatican as very helpful and respectful Sunday.
Pope devotes Mass to poor, calls indifference a ‘great sin’
VATICAN CITY (AP) — After Mass, the pope lunched with some 1,500 poor people from Italy, Poland, France and elsewhere as the Catholic Church marked its first World Day of the Poor, an event created by Francis to draw attention to those living on the margins of society.
Pope to lawmakers: Protect all people with health care laws
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The comments came as U.S. lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have been debating how to overhaul the nation’s health insurance laws.
Italy uses imams in prisons to deter extremism among inmates
(AP) — Italy has relied mostly on arresting and deporting suspected extremists to try to keep the country safe from terrorism. But the Italian government has come to embrace prevention, too, especially in the prisons it doesn’t want to become training grounds for potential extremists.