Nicole Winfield

Nicole Winfield is an author at Religion News Service.

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Young Catholics urge Vatican to issue inclusive LGBT message

October 21, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Some of the youth delegates to the meeting have insisted that the final document express an inclusive message to make LGBT Catholics feel welcome in a church that has often shunned them.

Pope’s canonization of Paul VI, Romero personal, political

October 13, 2018

(AP) — The two towering figures will be canonized along with five others in a ceremony designed to show that holiness can be attained in all walks of life.

Pope accepts Washington cardinal’s resignation amid scandal

October 12, 2018

(AP) — Pope Francis accepted the resignation Friday of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock.

Pope OKs study of Vatican archives into McCarrick scandal

October 6, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The study refers only to documentation, a potentially limiting constraint, given the McCarrick scandal apparently involves private, verbal communications that might not have paper trails in Vatican archives.

Cloud of sex abuse scandal hangs over Vatican youth meeting

October 2, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The synod, which begins Wednesday (Oct. 3), is bringing together 266 bishops from five continents for talks on helping young people find their vocations in life.

Accuser blasts pope silence, ‘slander’ over cover-up claims

September 28, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a new missive, Pope Francis’ critic, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, subtly paints as the protector of the Catholic Church.

Pope warns Lithuanians to guard against anti-Semitism

September 23, 2018

KAUNAS, Lithuania (AP) — He denounced those who get caught up in debating who was more virtuous in the past and fail to address the tasks of the present — an apparent reference to historic revisionism.

Pope OKs probe into West Virginia bishop as he meets with US delegation

September 13, 2018

(AP) — Francis on Thursday accepted the resignation of a West Virginia bishop, Michael Bransfield, who has been accused of sexually harassing adults.

Pope summons bishops for February abuse prevention summit

September 12, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The February meeting at the Vatican is believed to be the first of its kind, and signals a realization at the highest levels of the church that clergy sex abuse is a global problem.

US cardinal, critic of pope, still waiting for answers

September 6, 2018

ROME (AP) — Cardinal Raymond Burke said Pope Francis still needs to respond to a set of questions that he and three other conservative cardinals posed over a year ago about Francis’ opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.

Pope on McCarrick claims: ‘I won’t say a word about it’

August 27, 2018

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis declined to confirm or deny claims that he knew about sexual misconduct allegations against the former archbishop of Washington but rehabilitated him anyway.

Pope apologizes for Catholic Church ‘crimes’ in Ireland

August 26, 2018

KNOCK, Ireland (AP) — Pope Francis, who is on a weekend visit to Ireland, told the hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for Mass that he met Saturday with victims of all sorts of abuses.

Letter: Vatican knew about disgraced archbishop’s behavior

August 26, 2018

DUBLIN (AP) — The letter accuses Pope Francis of having initially rehabilitated Cardinal Theodore McCarrick despite being informed of his penchant for young seminarians in 2013, soon after Francis was elected pope.

US not alone in grappling with Catholic sex abuse, cover-up

August 22, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cases of Catholic priests raping and molesting children, and of bishops covering up for them, have erupted on nearly every continent in recent years.

Pope on sex abuse: ‘We showed no care for the little ones’

August 20, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The pope’s letter to Catholics around the world comes in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church.

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