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Pope Francis ‘Begs Forgiveness’ Over Abuse at Catholic Schools in Canada

On Monday, Pope Francis apologized for the abuse suffered by Indigenous children at Canada’s church-run residential schools. The pontiff decried the country’s “catastrophic” residential school system and asked for forgiveness for the “evil committed by so many Christians.” His widely anticipated...

Blood of Christ Ancient Relic Returned by Thieves

Thieves have returned a gold shrine believed to contain vials of the blood of Jesus Christ stolen from a church in France. The 2,000-year-old reliquary, called the "Precious Blood of Christ," is among the Catholic Church's holiest relics. Thieves stole...

Probe Shows Pope Benedict Failed to Act to Protect Children

A new report by a German law firm found that former Pope Benedict failed to act after credible accusations of child abuse in the Church. The former pope, who still lives in the Vatican in a separate residence from the...

Pope Francis Says Migrants “Have Ended Up in Concentration Camps”

Pope Francis said that migrants around the world live in conditions equivalent to concentration camps on Friday. The pope was at a meeting with a group of migrants in Cyprus when he made his remarks, where he departed from a...

Pope Calls for Conciliation Between Catholic, Orthodox Churches

Pope Francis, who is visiting Cyprus on Friday spoke of reconciliation between the Catholic and the Orthodox Church during his visit with Archbishop Chrysostomos and the Holy Synod in Nicosia. “It is my heartfelt hope that there will be increased opportunities...

Elpidophoros Calls for “Restoration of Unity” at Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Archbishop Elpidophoros, the head of all Greek Orthodox in the Americas, called for a "restoration of unity" and a "dialogue of love" between all Christians at the Catholic Bishops Conference last week. His address marked the first time in history...

Godfathers Banned at Sicily Baptisms Due to Mafia Exploitation Fears

Catholic church leaders have banned the naming of baptismal godparents in one Italian diocese amid concern that their role can be exploited by the Mafia. Earlier this month, the Roman Catholic dioceses of Catania, in Sicily, put a three-year...

Over 300,000 May be Abuse Victims of Catholic Church in France

The Catholic Church in France is facing a reckoning, just like the Church has in other nations in the past several years, as over 300,000 people report being victims of clergy abuse dating back 70 years. As many as 330,000...

Catholic Church Changes Holy Communion Procedure

Thousands of Orthodox faithful flocked to churches on Sunday following their opening after two months of lockdown because of the coronavirus threat. Lines for Holy Communion, which is shared by the same spoon, stretched out the door as Orthodox Christians...

Vatican Delegation Donates $100,000 for Refugees on Lesvos

A Vatican delegation which visited refugees living in a rag-tag collection of tents on Lesvos on Thursday has donated more than $100,000 to Caritas Hellas and the projects supported by the Greek Catholic charity. The delegation, led by Cardinal Konrad...