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Fugitive Catholic priest jailed for 15 years in UK for child sex abuse

An 85-year-old former Catholic priest who spent decades on the run has been jailed for 15 years for sexually abusing seven children between 1957 and 1991. Five of Francis Paul Cullen’s victims were altar boys, whom he abused when he invited them over for tea and cake at his home,…

Now the hard work starts for ‘superstar’ Pope Francis

Now the hard work starts. Pope Francis celebrates one year in office on Thursday swaddled in a blanket of approval world leaders would die for and most of his predecessors could only dream of. But he also knows that there is more to being pontiff than good PR. Bigger challenges…

In first year, Pope Francis changes Catholic Church’s style — but not substance

In his first year, Pope Francis has blown a breath of fresh air through the Catholic Church that has been felt across the globe. Contrary to the way he is frequently depicted, the first pope from the southern hemisphere is no revolutionary in terms……

Head of Catholic Church in UK attacks government over welfare cuts

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, said on Saturday that government policy on welfare was a "disgrace" for failing to protect people from hunger. While recognising the need for the Conservative-led……

Pope Francis calls for female inclusion but rejects ‘progressive’ reforms to abortion doctrine

Pope Francis believes that women have been marginalized in the Catholic Church, but remains opposed to the ordination of women and reforms to the Church’s teachings on abortion. In his Evangelii Gaudium, translated into English as The Joy of the Gospel, Francis rejected the idea of female priests, but said…

Poland’s Catholic Church rejects damages request in pedophile case

Poland’s powerful Roman Catholic Church on Thursday rejected a first-ever request for damages by a victim of a convicted paedophile priest, opening the door to legal action, judicial officials said. A demand for 47,500 euros ($63,500) in damages was made by a 25-year-old male plaintiff, identified only Marcin K., who…

Pope replaces divisive Vatican figure with top diplomat

Pope Francis on Saturday appointed a senior Vatican diplomat as his new Secretary of State, ousting divisive cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as he looks to overhaul the Church’s scandal-ridden administration. His replacement for the “number two” position at the Vatican, Italian cleric Pietro Parolin, is currently the Catholic Church’s envoy to…

Catholic church to scout troop: If you include gays, find a new place to meet

A Wisconsin Catholic church has informed a group of boy scouts that they need to find a new meeting place if they are going to allow gay youth to participate in the program. According to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Pioneer Press, the troop has been meeting at St. Mary’s Catholic Church…

Austrian Catholic Church seeks to replace ‘the cool wetness of a lake’ with Mass

Austria’s Catholic Church is trying a new strategy to attract the faithful: advertising its churches as places to cool off in a record heatwave. As Austrians sweltered in temperatures close to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), Catholic news agency Kathpress surveyed the country’s houses of worship Tuesday to find the…

Topless pro-LGBT protesters beat breasts and squirt water at Catholic archbishop

The Catholic Church in Belgium on Wednesday angrily denounced Femen topless protesters who targeted its primate at a conference though the archbishop himself remained composed and apparently at prayer throughout. The four protesters leapt out of their seats at a debate on blasphemy and freedom of expression held at the…

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