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Catholic officials warn ex-seminarians over sex claims

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic officials in Italy have threatened former altar boys of the pope with criminal defamation charges for having publicly accused an older seminarian of sexual misconduct when they lived together at the youth seminary inside the Vatican gardens. Church lawyers in the diocese of Como have also warned an Italian investigative […]

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Pope Francis requests Roman Catholic priests be given the right to get married

Pope Francis has requested that Roman Catholic priests be given the right to get married. The request applies to priests in Brazil, and is on the agenda for an upcoming synod (church council) in the Amazon region. The controversial move would address the critical shortage of men joining the priesthood Pope Francis has requested that […]

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On the death penalty, Francis is going where no pope has gone before – The Boston Globe

In pronouncing the death penalty “contrary to the Gospel,” Francis appears to be saying something that none of his predecessors ever said. By Jeff Jacoby GLOBE COLUMNIST  OCTOBER 18, 2017 Pope Francis set the cat among the pigeons last week, telling an audience convened to mark the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic […]

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VATICAN SIGNS TREATY WITH PALESTINE, MARKING IT AS A STATE

VATICAN CITY, June 26 (UPI) — The Vatican formally recognized Palestine as a state Friday, with the signing of a treaty, the product of 15 years of negotiations. The agreement involves “essential aspects of the life and activity of the Catholic Church in the State of Palestine,” a Vatican statement said. The acknowledgement of Palestine’s […]