Josephine McKenna has more than 30 years' experience in print, broadcast and interactive media. Based in Rome since 2007, she covered the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and election of Pope Francis and canonizations of their predecessors. Now she covers all things Vatican for RNS.
Pope Francis may be about to dismiss Vatican’s doctrinal chief
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Mueller is one of several conservative cardinals who openly questioned the pope’s position on divorced and remarried Catholics.
Cardinal’s sex abuse charges raise questions about pope’s record
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The allegations against one of his closest advisers and the architect of his economic and administrative reforms is not only embarrassing for Pope Francis but brings the church abuse scandal to his door.
Cardinal George Pell takes a leave of absence after sex assault charges
VATICAN CITY (RNS) At a media conference Thursday (June 29), Pell said he would take leave to defend himself and intended to return to his senior post once the court case was completed.
Pope Francis defrocks Italian priest convicted of child sex abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Mauro Inzoli was found guilty last year by an Italian court of eight counts of sexual abuse of children aged 12 to 16.
Pope tells NFL legends he backs a ‘different’ kind of football
VATICAN CITY (RNS) But what’s a pope to do with a golden football helmet?
Vatican defends appointment of philosopher who once voiced support for limited abortion
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Nigel Biggar came under criticism over his apparent support for abortion up to 18 weeks into pregnancy.
Religious and indigenous leaders seek to save rainforests
ROME (RNS) Inspired by Pope Francis’ 2015 “Laudato Si'” encyclical, clergy from Catholic, Protestant Jewish, Buddhist and other faiths joined indigenous leaders from Brazil, Peru, Indonesia, Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to call for urgent action to protect the forests.
Catholic groups launch conversation about female deacons
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pope has ruled out the ordination of women as priests, but he may endorse women deacons.
In the shadow of St. Peter’s, a Mormon temple rises
ROME (RNS) The LDS church has an estimated 26,000 members in Italy; its members are young and they’re growing.
Lasers reveal long-hidden Roman frescoes with biblical themes
ROME (RNS) The catacombs are a reminder of the importance of Domitilla as a Christian burial site.
A saint’s brain is stolen and Catholics pray for its return
ROME (RNS) The thief entered the church, named after the 19th century saint in Castelnuovo, near Turin, on June 2, and left with a glass case containing the relic.
Pope Francis ally says Trump exit from climate accord would be a ‘slap’ in the face
VATICAN CITY (RNS) At their historic meeting last week, the pope gave Trump a copy of his 2015 encyclical, which warns of the grave consequences caused by climate change, and the president promised to read it.