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pope benedict xvi kneels on a kneeler with a red cover, he is wearing white and a red mantel
Politics & SocietyNews
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
Though he is criticized for the sexual abuse crisis in the church during his papacy, Benedict XVI did more than anyone before him to turn the Vatican around on clergy sexual abuse.
Pope Francis, left, embraces Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, at the Vatican.
FaithNews
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
The only thing certain is that the most important ritual following the death of a pope—a conclave to elect a new one—does not apply.
Three side-by-side blue posters depicting a missing girl
Politics & SocietyNews
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
Parliamentary inquests have been used in the past to dig deeply into unresolved Mafia crimes and terrorist attacks, and can be activated to conduct investigations “on matters of public interest,” according to the Italian Constitution.
Pope Francis is flanked by Jesuits' superior general Arturo Sosa Abascal
FaithNews
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
Bishop Daniele Libanori also said the claims of the women about the Rev. Marko Ivan Rupnik were true and that they had “seen their lives ruined by the evil suffered and by the complicit silence” of the church.
A priest dressed in black priest's garments assists the pope, wearing white papal robes
FaithNews
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
The Jesuits asked for new evidence against the Rev. Marko Ivan Rupnik, and offered a timeline about his case in an effort to tamp down the scandal.
FaithNews Analysis
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
The case of prominent Jesuit artist Marco Rupnik has exposed two main weaknesses in the Holy See’s abuse policies: sexual and spiritual misconduct against adult women is rarely if ever punished, and secrecy still reigns supreme.
FaithNews
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
The Jesuit superior general admitted that a famous Jesuit priest had been convicted of one of the most serious crimes in the Catholic Church some two years before the Vatican decided to shelve another case against him.
FaithNews
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
The Rev. Hans Zollner said the recent statement by the Jesuit order about the Rev. Marko Ivan Rupnik “raised questions that, as far as I see, can only be answered by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith.”
Pope Francis, dressed in white with a chain around his neck, speaks into a microphone
Politics & SocietyNews
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
The Kremlin's ambassador to the Holy See, Alexander Avdeev, told the RIA Novosti agency that he met Monday with a Vatican official to express his “indignation” about Francis’ comments.
A man in red robes and a bishop's hat swings incense in a gold burner
FaithNews
Nicole Winfield - Associated Press
Asking the pope for voluntary laicization is unusual, especially for a bishop and particularly for a cleric who denies abuse allegations against him.