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Vatican court hears secret recording of pope on hostage fees

By Nicole Winfield — November 25, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican tribunal weighing a financial fraud case heard a secret recording of Pope Francis about the Holy See’s payments to free a nun held hostage by al-Qaida-linked militants.
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Pope Francis IDs successor to conservative Providence bishop

By David Klepper — November 24, 2022
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Most Reverend Richard G. Henning is the new coadjutor bishop of Providence, will likely succeed the conservative Bishop Thomas Tobin.

The simple faith of gathering together and giving thanks

By Jacob Lupfer — November 23, 2022
(RNS) — These hymns ring loud in my consciousness long after the other trappings of devotion have fallen away.

Pope Francis fires leadership of Catholic charity network Caritas

By Claire Giangravé — November 22, 2022
(RNS) — According to a Vatican statement, “real deficiencies were noted in management and procedures” within the charitable organizations’ leadership.

The confusing path of the US Catholic bishops

By Phyllis Zagano — November 21, 2022
(RNS) — At their fall plenary meeting, the bishops spent less time on the Gospel than on internal church matters.

German bishops at stalemate with Vatican over women, homosexuality

By Claire Giangravé — November 21, 2022
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The president of the German Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Georg Bätzing, said he will not deny blessings for same-sex couples.

Pope visits immigrant father’s hometown for birthday party

By Associated Press — November 21, 2022
PORTACOMARO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis made a rare personal getaway Saturday to his father’s birthplace in northern Italy for the first time since ascending the papacy to celebrate the 90th birthday of a family member.

Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King. Here’s why it still matters.

By Jacob Lupfer — November 18, 2022
(RNS) — Christ the King offers both a hopeful and a sobering reminder to Christians, whose loyalty to Jesus becomes subordinated to political ideology.

RNS holiday gift guide 2022: Ideas for the kids, adults and Pastafarians on your list

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 18, 2022
(RNS) — Because not everybody celebrates a religious holiday in December, but everybody loves presents.

Black museum religion exhibit features Little Richard’s Bible, Rev. Ike’s suit

By Adelle M. Banks — November 18, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The first special exhibition to focus specifically on religion since the museum opened includes photos and artifacts accompanied by quotations of famous African Americans.

Italy church says 600 sex abuse cases sent to Vatican

By Nicole Winfield — November 18, 2022
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Italy’s Catholic bishops provided their first accounting of clergy sexual abuse and revealed Thursday that more than 600 cases from Italy were on file at the Vatican since 2000.

Maryland probe finds 158 abusive priests, over 600 victims

By Brian Witte — November 18, 2022
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (AP) — David Lorenz, the Maryland leader of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, described the news of the report and numbers of victims as “absolutely horrendous."

US Catholic bishops worry about abortion views in the pews

By Peter Smith — November 17, 2022
BALTIMORE (AP) — Even as they signaled a continued hardline stance on opposing abortion and same-sex marriage, the nation’s Catholic bishops acknowledged Wednesday that they’re struggling to reach a key audience: their own flock. The members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops rounded out their leadership bench during the last day of public sessions […]
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