Pope issues new norms on mandatory abuse reporting, bishop accountability

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable...

Not ruling on apparitions, pope allows Medjugorje pilgrimages

Parishes and dioceses are now allowed to organize official pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, but it must be clear that the Catholic Church has not recognized as authentic the alleged Marian apparitions there.

Christian life impossible without the Holy Spirit, pope says

Christians must allow themselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit if they expect to live a Christian life, Pope Francis said.

Satan, not God, tricks people with temptation, pope says

God never tricks, traps or tempts his children to sin or commit evil, Pope Francis said.

With heavy hearts, U.S. bishops condemn mosque attacks

U.S. Catholic bishops condemned the two mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15 that left at least 50 people dead and 50 seriously injured, and they also pledged their solidarity with the Muslim community.

Summit affirms need to hold bishops accountable, U.S. cardinal says

The Vatican summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis affirmed the U.S. bishops’ strong belief that bishops and cardinals who abuse children or cover up abuse must be held accountable, said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston.

‘Evil’s days are numbered,’ pope says at audience

The holiness of God is a power that is constantly expanding and will defeat all evil once and for all, Pope Francis said.

In the U.S., a sobering mood after news of McCarrick’s laicization

By Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The accusations surrounding former U.S. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick have been hanging over U.S. bishops and faith...

Vatican summit: Silence, denial are unacceptable, archbishop says

When presented with an accusation that a priest has sexually abused a child, “whether it’s criminal or malicious complicity and a code of silence or whether it is denial” on a very human level, such reactions are no longer tolerable, said the Vatican’s top investigator of abuse cases.

New Mexico close to passing ‘most extreme bill in nation’ on abortion

By Jacob Comello Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Since the end of January, the legislatures of New York, Virginia and other states have made headlines...

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