Tag Archives: Roman Catholicism

New bishop of Biden’s hometown mum on Communion question

The newly appointed bishop of President Joe Biden’s home diocese in Delaware says he would gladly speak with the president about his stance on abortion but he’s not saying whether he would allow Biden to keep receiving Communion, as his predecessor has By NICOLE WINFIELD and LUIS ANDRES HENAO Associated Press April 30, 2021, 4:34 […]

Suicide bomber targets Mass in Indonesia, 14 wounded

Indonesian police say a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a packed Roman Catholic cathedral on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island during a Palm Sunday Mass, wounding at least 14 people By YUSUF WAHIL and NINIEK KARMINI Associated Press March 28, 2021, 7:22 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MAKASSAR, Indonesia […]

Ex-Vatican altar boy testifies in seminary sex abuse trial

A former Vatican altar boy has testified that an older seminarian would come into his bed at night to perform a sexual act on him in the Vatican’s youth seminary By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press March 17, 2021, 8:20 PM • 3 min read ROME — A former Vatican altar boy has testified that an […]

Where IS ruled, pope calls on Christians to forgive, rebuild

QARAQOSH, Iraq — Pope Francis urged Iraq’s Christians on Sunday to forgive the injustices against them by Muslim extremists and to rebuild as he visited the wrecked shells of churches and met ecstatic crowds in the community’s historic heartland, which was nearly erased by the Islamic State group’s horrific reign. At each stop in northern […]

Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric deliver message of coexistence

PLAINS OF UR, Iraq — Pope Francis walked through a narrow alley in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf for a historic meeting with the country’s top Shiite cleric, and together they delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence in a country still reeling from back-to-back conflicts over the past decade. In a gesture both simple […]

A timeline of disaster and displacement for Iraqi Christians

In Iraq, two decades of back-to-back conflicts have left ancient Christian communities that were once a vibrant and integral part of the landscape scattered and in ruins By The Associated Press March 5, 2021, 6:19 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BAGHDAD — In Iraq, two decades of back-to-back […]

Polish court acquits activists who put LGBT rainbow on icon

A Polish court has acquitted three activists who had been accused of desecration for adding the LGBT rainbow to images of a revered Roman Catholic icon ByThe Associated Press March 2, 2021, 10:43 AM • 3 min read WARSAW, Poland — A court in Poland on Tuesday acquitted three activists who had been accused of […]

‘Not a good idea:’ Experts concerned about pope trip to Iraq

VATICAN CITY — Infectious disease experts are expressing concern about Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to Iraq, given a sharp rise in coronavirus infections there, a fragile health care system and the unavoidable likelihood that Iraqis will crowd to see him. No one wants to tell Francis to call it off, and the Iraqi government has […]

Anger increases in Peru over secret inoculations of wealthy

Public indignation over secret coronavirus vaccinations for the wealthy and well-connected is growing in Peru a day after the Vatican’s ambassador to the South American nation admitted he was inoculated ahead of health care workers and the poor By FRANKLIN BRICEÑO Associated Press February 17, 2021, 9:26 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare […]

Pope, Muslim leader celebrate fraternity anniversary

Pope Francis and a top Sunni Muslim are reinforcing a message of human fraternity by pressing ahead with a broad-based Christian-Muslim peace initiative ahead of Francis’ planned trip to Iraq next month By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press February 4, 2021, 2:39 PM • 2 min read ROME — Pope Francis and a top Sunni Muslim […]