Nicole Winfield

Nicole Winfield is an author at Religion News Service.

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Pope reverts to maskless old ways amid growing criticism

October 21, 2020

ROME (AP) — Francis has faced sharp criticism even from his most ardent supporters and incredulousness from some within the Vatican for refusing to wear a mask.

Vatican says bishops should report sex abuse to police

July 17, 2020

(AP) — A long-awaited manual on sex-abuse investigations goes beyond current Vatican policy about cooperating with law enforcement agencies.

Vatican prosecutors seize data from St. Peter’s Basilica

June 30, 2020

ROME (AP) — Vatican prosecutors have ordered the seizure of documents and computers from the administrative offices of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Pope creates new expert commission to study women deacons

April 8, 2020

ROME (AP) — The 10-member commission, the second of Francis’ pontificate to study the fraught issue, includes equal numbers of men and women representing the United States and six European countries.

Caution, cancellations mark Ash Wednesday in time of virus

February 26, 2020

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass as planned, but elsewhere in Italy services were canceled over fears of the new coronavirus.

Vatican seeks to explain absence of aide after book scandal

February 5, 2020

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican press office denied that Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, who works for both the reigning and the retired pope, had been officially suspended as head of Francis’ papal household over his role in the scandal.

Buffalo bishop resigns under fire for handling of misconduct

December 4, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo stepped aside amid mounting calls for his ouster from his staff, priests and public over his handling of allegations of clergy sexual misconduct.

Vatican defends married priest proposal on Amazon agenda

October 3, 2019

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Organizers of the Synod on the Pan-Amazon Region defended plans to introduce debate on married priests, saying the proposal represents the “the voice of the local church,” not a decision by the pope.

Vatican cardinal skeptical about married priests for Amazon

October 2, 2019

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinal Marc Ouellet acknowledged the Amazon region’s priest shortage and said he was open to debate about it during this month’s Amazon synod.

Ex-cardinal’s letters to victims show signs of grooming

August 6, 2019

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Full of flattery, familiarity and boasts about his own power, the letters provide visceral evidence of how a globe-trotting bishop made young, vulnerable men feel special — and then allegedly took advantage of them.

American cardinal severs ties with Bannon-linked group

June 25, 2019

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinal Raymond Burke said in a statement Tuesday that he was terminating his relationship with the Dignitatis Humanae Institute immediately.

Woman accuses Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of dismissing sex abuse case

June 4, 2019

HOUSTON (AP) — Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has been accused of covering up abuse by one of his chief aides. A Texas women says Monsignor Frank Rossi manipulated her into a sexual relationship, while serving as her spiritual counselor and confessor and while asking her for donations. She says DiNardo allowed Rossi to continue as a priest with no penalties. The archdiocese says Rossi was suspended.

Vatican law: Priests, nuns must report sex abuse, cover-up

May 9, 2019

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities.

Retired Pope Benedict wades into clergy sex abuse debate

April 11, 2019

(AP) — His analysis was immediately criticized as ‘catastrophically irresponsible’ — a conflict with efforts by his successor, Pope Francis, to lead the church out of its crisis.

Pope: Women have ‘legitimate claims’ for justice, equality

April 2, 2019

VATICAN CITY (AP) — ‘A living church can look back on history and acknowledge a fair share of male authoritarianism, domination, various forms of enslavement, abuse and sexist violence,’ Francis said.

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