Pope Francis dismisses proposal to ordain married men

Pope Francis on Wednesday dismissed a proposal to allow some married men to be ordained in remote areas, reaffirming the Roman Catholic Church’s centuries-old commitment to celibacy among priests. The decision, one of the most significant of his papacy, appeared a victory for conservative senior clergy, who had feared a slippery slope towards a married… Read More Pope Francis dismisses proposal to ordain married men

Pope Francis names first woman to senior Vatican diplomatic post

Pope Francis on Wednesday named the first woman to hold a high-ranking post in the Secretariat of State, the male-dominated Vatican’s diplomatic and administrative nerve center. Italian lay woman Francesca Di Giovanni, 66, will assume a newly-created post in a division known as the Section for Relations with States where she takes the rank of… Read More Pope Francis names first woman to senior Vatican diplomatic post

Pope Francis canonizes British cardinal John Henry Newman, four others

Pope Francis on Sunday declared five people saints, including Cardinal John Henry Newman, a leading 19th century Anglican who converted to Catholicism and became one of the most influential Christian figures of modern times. Underscoring Newman’s luminary status in Christianity today, Prince Charles, who will become head of the Church of England when he becomes… Read More Pope Francis canonizes British cardinal John Henry Newman, four others

Pope Francis asks forgiveness for Catholic Church’s mistreatment of Roma people

Pope Francis on Sunday asked forgiveness in the name of the Catholic Church for the mistreatment of the Roma people, a move likely to increase tensions with Italy’s anti-immigrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. Francis made the comment during a meeting with Roma people at the last event of his three day trip to Romania, saying… Read More Pope Francis asks forgiveness for Catholic Church’s mistreatment of Roma people

Pope Francis names first African-American as head of U.S. Catholic Church

Pope Francis named the first African-American to the Catholic Church’s most senior U.S. position on Thursday, seeking to end a period of upheaval in a job whose previous two occupants were caught in sexual abuse scandals. Former Atlanta archbishop Wilton Gregory was made new head of the Church in the U.S. capital Washington, D.C., and… Read More Pope Francis names first African-American as head of U.S. Catholic Church

Pope Francis urges inter-religious dialogue during visit to Morocco

Pope Francis told the tiny Catholic community in predominantly Muslim Morocco on Sunday that their mission was not to covert their neighbors but to live in brotherhood with other faiths. Francis has used his two-day trip to stress inter-faith dialogue. He has also backed Moroccan King Mohammed VI’s efforts to spread a form of Islam… Read More Pope Francis urges inter-religious dialogue during visit to Morocco