(RNS) — By making these men cardinals, the pope is handing them megaphones.
FILADELFIA, Paraguay (RNS) Since the end of the Second World War, Mennonite-Nazi collaboration has largely been ignored, forgotten or intentionally repressed by adherents of this Christian denomination that was founded in 16th-century Europe on principles of nonviolence and nonparticipation in politics.
ASUNCION (Reuters) An 11-year-old rape victim gave birth in Paraguay on Thursday after being denied termination of her pregnancy by doctors and judicial officials, stoking the debate over abortion in the overwhelmingly Catholic country.
Looking ahead to his U.S. trip, the pontiff acknowledged overlooking the problems of the middle class and said he was willing to have a dialogue with Americans who disagree with his criticism of capitalism.
ASUNCION (Reuters) He appealed to world leaders to seek a new economic model to help the destitute, and to shun policies that "sacrifice human lives on the altar of money and profit."
Do not " sacrifice human lives on the altar of money and profit," the pope told leaders at a rally where the audience of 4,000 included a gay activist invited by local bishops.
QUITO (Reuters) Tens of thousands lined the streets as Francis' motorcade drove into the city, some pushing through a police line. Well-wishers threw gifts at the popemobile, including two live white doves.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pontiff is due to meet Simon Cazal, co-founder and executive director of SOMOSGAY, on July 11 at the Paraguayan Episcopal Conference in Asuncion, the country’s capital.
(RNS) A priest with a troubled past in Pennsylvania who resurfaced in Paraguay was "recommended by some cardinals with roles in the Vatican," including Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected as Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Carlos Urrutigoity was accused of sexual abuse in a highly publicized lawsuit in Pennsylvania in 2002. He and another priest were suspended amid allegations they had sexually molested students at St. Gregory's Academy.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis is sending a cardinal and a bishop to Paraguay to investigate the activities of a priest previously accused of sex abuse in Pennsylvania, the Rev. Carlos Urrutigoity.