• Let’s face it: Americans just aren’t this pope’s favorites

    • May 20, 2016

    This week, Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register published a major sit-down interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay, leader of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, the headline from which was Fellay’s diagnosis that a deal for reunion with Rome is close, coupled with his insistence the society won’t

  • Pope calls employers who exploit workers ‘bloodsuckers’

    Pope calls employers who exploit workers ‘bloodsuckers’

    • May 19, 2016

    ROME— Pope Francis on Thursday condemned employers who only offer temporary contracts or no health insurance to employees, calling them “bloodsuckers,” and saying they exploit those who desperately need a job by turning under-the-table payment into “civilized slavery.” “Those poor people become slaves. We think of the here and now,

  • Do not give in to fear of immigrants, pope tells diplomats

    • May 19, 2016

    VATICAN CITY — While the international community should continue working for peace in war-torn countries, it also must work to help migrants escaping violence and persecution as well as those caring for them, Pope Francis said Thursday. In a speech May 19 to six new ambassadors to the Holy See,

  • Polish troops will help secure World Youth Day in Krakow

    Polish troops will help secure World Youth Day in Krakow

    • May 19, 2016

    WARSAW, Poland — Polish Army troops will help secure a meeting taking place in July between Pope Francis and thousands of youths from around the world in southern Poland, a spokesman said Thursday. Some security officials have suggested that the vast meadows wedged between a road and a river near

  • Traditionalist leader vows no compromise for deal with Rome

    Traditionalist leader vows no compromise for deal with Rome

    • May 19, 2016

    ROME—For months there have been rumors about a possible normalization of the situation of a breakaway traditionalist Catholic group, known as the Society of Pius X, which heated up again after a meeting between Pope Francis and the head of the society taking place last month. Although many observers have

  • Pope says to ignore the poor is to ‘despise God’

    Pope says to ignore the poor is to ‘despise God’

    • May 18, 2016

    ROME—During his weekly Wednesday audience, Pope Francis addressed a world in which riches and resources are in the hands of a few, warning that “to ignore the poor is to despise God.” “We must learn this well: Ignoring the poor is despising God!” he said. God’s mercy, he said, is

  • Study of women deacons won’t be first, but might answer questions

    Study of women deacons won’t be first, but might answer questions

    • May 18, 2016

    WASHINGTON — When Pope Francis accepted a proposal at the Vatican May 12 to form a commission to study the possibility of women serving as deacons today, it generated plenty of buzz. The pope’s agreement on the idea — raised by members of the International Union of Superiors General, the

  • Cardinal Burke warns of ‘betrayal of truth,’  even by bishops

    Cardinal Burke warns of ‘betrayal of truth,’ even by bishops

    • May 18, 2016

    Quoting a late Jesuit catechetical writer, American Cardinal Raymond Burke said that Catholicism is facing “the worst crisis in its entire history,” due in part to a “betrayal of truth by those who claim to follow Christ and to be members of the Church,” and has warned faithful Catholics to