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Pope Francis urges parents not to ‘condemn’ children for their sexual orientation

By Claire Giangravé — January 26, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis encouraged parents instead to have the courage to help and accompany them.
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Secularism is not atheism. A new book explains why the distinction is so critical.

By Yonat Shimron — January 25, 2022
(RNS) — At its core, secularism is an approach to governance, writes Jacques Berlinerblau in his new book ‘Secularism: The Basics.’ And critically, it is one many religious people, not just atheists and agnostics, support.

New indictments and ‘cardinal’s lady’ shake up Vatican financial trial

By Claire Giangravé — January 25, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Cardinal Angelo Becciu, among the accused in the Vatican financial trial, missed Tuesday’s court proceedings amid talk about his relationship with an adviser.

Vatican child protection expert says prelates should apologize for abuse cover up

By Claire Giangravé — January 24, 2022
(RNS) — After a recent report accused Benedict XVI of abuse coverup, Vatican child protection expert calls for those involved to apologize.

Former pope was at meeting where pedophile priest discussed

By Associated Press — January 24, 2022
BERLIN (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has acknowledged that he did attend a 1980 meeting at which the transfer of a pedophile priest to his then-diocese was discussed, saying an editorial error was responsible for his previous assertion that he wasn’t there. Authors of a report on sexual abuse between 1945 and 2019 in […]

2 priests, 2 lay people beatified in El Salvador

By Marcos AlemÁn — January 24, 2022
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Pope Francis' envoy, Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chávez, called the four models an example to all.

Germany: 125 queer Catholic Church employees demand respect

By Associated Press — January 24, 2022
BERLIN (AP) — The group — including priests, religion teachers and administrative employees — publicly outed themselves, saying they want to live without fear.

Pope Benedict accused of mishandling sex abuse cases: 4 essential reads

By Molly Jackson — January 24, 2022
(The Conversation) — A German report accused retired Pope Benedict XVI of mishandling several cases of sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s. Here are a few of our related articles on the Catholic Church’s crisis.

At March for Life, a mix of triumph and apprehension

By Jack Jenkins — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — Organizers condemned the presence of people affiliated with America First, whose leader is widely decried as a white nationalist.

Online forum draws hundreds of faith leaders to counter religious opposition to abortion

By Alejandra Molina — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — 'So many of the abortion restrictions we’re seeing come from a particular religious lens that doesn’t represent the majority of the country,' said a Presbyterian pastor.

Abortion politics won’t end with Roe unless both sides pay to back up their principles

By Kenneth L. Woodward — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — In a word, Americans must agree to privatize abortion.

Former Sen. Donnelly confirmed as US ambassador to Vatican

By Associated Press — January 21, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate approved Donnelly for the position in a voice vote Thursday.

Pope vows justice for abuse victims after Ratzinger faulted

By Nicole Winfield — January 21, 2022
ROME (AP) — Francis said the church was continuing to discern the way forward in the abuse scandal, which has discredited the Catholic hierarchy at the Vatican and around the world.
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