International Catholic News

Australian bishops, religious say they can’t violate seal of confession

By Catholic News Service | August 31, 2018 | 1 Comment

SYDNEY, Australia (CNS) — Australia’s Catholic bishops and religious orders, responding to recommendations from the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, accepted 98 percent of its suggestions, but said they could not accept recommendations that would violate the seal of confession.

Families called to share joy, love, life with the world, pope says

By Catholic News Service | August 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

DUBLIN (CNS) — In a stadium of Catholic families from around the world, Pope Francis told the laypeople they are the vast majority of church members and that, without them, the church would be cold, a collection of statues.

Pope begins Mass in Dublin with penitential plea for abuse scandals

By Catholic News Service | August 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

DUBLIN (CNS) — Before celebrating Mass in a Dublin park, Pope Francis solemnly asked forgiveness for the thousands of cases of sexual and physical abuse perpetrated by Catholics in Ireland.

Vatican wants accountability for abusers, those who protected them

By Catholic News Service | August 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, a Vatican spokesman called the abuses described in the report as being “criminal and morally reprehensible.”

Report details rape of children, culture of secrecy that fanned it

By Catholic News Service | August 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

By Rhina Guidos WASHINGTON (CNS) — The report begins dramatically, imploring its readers: “We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this.”

‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks pope

By Catholic News Service | April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

ROME (CNS) — After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood’s children.