• Pope Francis in Latin America: A homecoming and a headache

    • Jul 3, 2015

    ROME — Pope Francis leaves Rome this weekend for a triumphant homecoming to Latin America, a trip that that will take him to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay, and one that shapes up both as a popular celebration of history’s first Latin American pope as well as a political and cultural

  • Does Pope Francis have an enemies list?

    • Nov 4, 2014

    In the dying days of the Nixon administration, the discovery that the White House maintained an enemies list was, for many Americans, the last straw. It seemed to reveal an administration using power not to advance policy or defend the nation, but to settle political scores. Although any comparison between

  • Vatican says bishop’s dismissal not the result of sex abuse

    • Sep 27, 2014

    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican denied Pope Francis had dismissed a controversial Paraguayan bishop because of his mishandling of sex abuse accusations, attributing the decision instead to other failings of governance and friction with fellow bishops. Meanwhile, the bishop described his dismissal as a case of “ideological persecution” because of

  • Pope fires bishop in Paraguay who sheltered accused abuser

    • Sep 25, 2014

    ROME — Pope Francis has fired a bishop in Paraguay who sheltered a priest accused of sexual abuse of minors in the United States, though to what extent the abuse charges figured in the bishop’s ouster isn’t yet clear. The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has removed Bishop Rogelio

  • Pope removes divisive bishop in Paraguay

    • Sep 25, 2014

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Thursday forcibly removed a conservative bishop from a Paraguayan diocese who had clashed with his fellow bishops and promoted a priest accused of inappropriate sexual behavior. The removal of Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, a member of the conservative Opus Dei movement, underscored the deep