The head of China’s state-backed Catholic church begins historic trip to Hong Kong

By Kanis Leung — November 14, 2023
HONG KONG (AP) — Experts said the invitation was a symbolic gesture that could strengthen the fragile relationship between China and the Vatican.
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A Notre Dame professor sues a student publication over its coverage of her abortion-rights work

By Giovanna Dell'orto — July 28, 2023
(AP) — The case is raising questions about press freedom and academic freedom at one of the nation’s preeminent Catholic institutions of higher education.

Vatican abuse investigators begin their audit of secretive Peru-based Catholic society

By Franklin BriceÑo — July 27, 2023
LIMA, Peru (AP) — The scandal at the Peru-based Sodalitium of Christian Life, has close parallels to other cases of charismatic Catholic leaders in Latin America being accused of sex abuse.

Bishop named to Vatican office handling sex abuse complaints discounted some victims, US group says

By Frances D'emilio — July 5, 2023
ROME (AP) — A U.S.-based group that tracks how the Catholic hierarchy deals with allegations of sexual abuse by clergy says Pope Francis made a “troubling” choice in appointing an Argentine prelate to a powerful Vatican office that handles such cases.

Vatican document highlights need for concrete steps for women, ‘radical inclusion’ of LGBTQ+

By Associated Press — June 22, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The document used the terminology “LGBTQ+ persons” rather than the Vatican’s traditional “persons with homosexual tendencies,” suggesting a level of acceptance that Francis ushered in a decade ago with his famous “Who am I to judge” comment.

Pope Francis leaves Rome hospital 9 days after operation; surgeon says ‘he’s better than before’

By Frances D'emilio — June 16, 2023
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday was discharged from the Rome hospital where he had abdominal surgery nine days earlier to repair a hernia and remove painful scarring.

Catholic bishops’ president calls for better border management, continued care for immigrants

By Peter Smith — June 16, 2023
ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Broglio voiced skepticism about the trend of some governors shipping migrants elsewhere — typically from red to blue states amid a wider ideological clash over how to respond to asylum seekers and other migrants.

Events in Bolivia and Brazil may signal a turning point for the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis in Latin America

By Matthew Casey-Pariseault — June 16, 2023
(The Conversation) — Public outrage over alleged abuse has been muted in much of Latin America for years, partly because the church remains one of the region’s most powerful institutions – but that may be changing.

Jesuits expel prominent priest after allegations of sexual, spiritual and psychological abuse

By Nicole Winfield — June 15, 2023
ROME (AP) — The Jesuits acknowledged he had been accused by several women of sexual, spiritual, and psychological abuses over a 30-year period.

German court orders Cologne archdiocese to pay clergy abuse victim over $300,000

By Associated Press — June 13, 2023
BERLIN (AP) — The German church has been making voluntary payments to abuse survivors. Victims' groups criticized the amounts as too small.

30,000 Haitian kids live in private orphanages. Officials want to shutter them and reunite families.

By DÁnica Coto — June 13, 2023
SAINT-LOUIS-DU-SUD, Haiti (AP) — U.S. faith-based donors are the largest funders of orphanages in Haiti.

COVID-19 health emergency is ending but faith-based vaccine clinics continue

By Adelle M. Banks — May 10, 2023
(RNS) — Over the last few years, African American congregations have provided outsized action on getting people tested and vaccinated.

Hamline University president to retire following Islamic art controversy

By Yonat Shimron — April 3, 2023
(RNS) — The president of Hamline University, who was widely criticized for her response to a professor who showed a painting of the Prophet Muhammad, announced she would retire in 2024.
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