• Pope quietly trims sanctions for sex abusers seeking mercy

    Pope quietly trims sanctions for sex abusers seeking mercy

    • Feb 25, 2017

    Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders. One case has come back to haunt him: An Italian priest who received the pope’s clemency was later convicted by an Italian criminal court for his sex crimes against children as young as 12.

  • Egypt Christians flee Sinai as sixth of their kin killed

    Egypt Christians flee Sinai as sixth of their kin killed

    • Feb 24, 2017

    After a spate of killings by suspected militants have spread fears among the Coptic community in Egypt, hundreds of Christians have decided to flee from the area for fear of being targeted next. At least six Christians have been brutally murdered in the last month and no group has claimed responsibility.

  • U.S. Bishops join Mexican colleagues, denounce ‘Santa Muerte’

    U.S. Bishops join Mexican colleagues, denounce ‘Santa Muerte’

    • Feb 21, 2017

    After a number of Catholic officials in Mexico have condemned the skeleton folk saint known as La Santa Muerte, bishops in the United States have also denounced the figure as “antithetical” to Catholic teachings. The image has also been linked to violence and the illicit drug trade.