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Vatican defrocks former US cardinal for sex abuse of minor

Vatican City - Pope Francis has defrocked a former cardinal in a first for the Roman Catholic church over accusations American Theodore McCarrick sexually abused a teenager 50 years ago, a Vatican statement said Saturday.

Pope to appoint 14 new cardinals

Vatican City - Pope Francis announced Sunday that he will hold a meeting of the Church's top council to appoint 14 new cardinals next month, including from Iraq, Pakistan, Madagascar and Japan.

Cardinal Zen: The Hong Kong firebrand taking on Beijing

Fpo - Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen has earned a reputation as a fighter -- and the octogenarian's latest battle pits him against Vatican officials and Beijing over a deal he believes would devastate the Catholic Church.

Hong Kong cardinal says Vatican deal with China 'evil'

Hong Kong - A war of words between a Hong Kong bishop and the Vatican escalated Friday with the outspoken Cardinal Joseph Zen calling the Pope's warming ties to Communist China "evil".

Bernard Law, US cardinal disgraced over sex abuse scandal, dies aged 86

New York - Cardinal Bernard Law, one of the most influential Catholic prelates in the United States until he resigned in disgrace for covering up decades of sexual abuse, died on Wednesday. He was 86.

Disgraced US Cardinal Bernard Law dies aged 86: Vatican

Vatican City - US Cardinal Bernard Law, a once-senior church figure forced to resign after revelations he failed to stop paedophile priests in one of the biggest crises in American Catholicism, has died, the Vatican said Wednesday.

Ex-Vatican hospital head convicted over cardinal's luxury pad

Vatican City - A Vatican court convicted Saturday the former head of the pope's children's hospital for diverting funds to the costly renovation of a top cardinal's luxury apartment.

Pope meets French cardinal accused of paedophilia cover-up

Vatican City - Pope Francis met Thursday with French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who is awaiting trial over allegations he covered up for a paedophile priest in his diocese.

Vatican fraud trial over cardinal's luxury pad kicks off

Vatican City - A trial against two former members of a Vatican foundation charged with embezzling charity money to refurbish the luxury apartment of a cardinal opened Tuesday.

Brazilian archbishop who opposed dictatorship is buried

S - Hundreds of Brazilians packed the Sao Paulo cathedral Friday for the funeral of Evaristo Arns, a much-loved former archbishop who won fame for resisting Brazil's military dictatorship.

Brazilian archbishop who opposed dictatorship dies

S - Evaristo Arns, a much-loved senior leader of Brazil's Catholic Church who stood up for human rights during the country's brutal two decades of dictatorship, died Wednesday. He was 95.

French cardinal faces new claim of promoting convicted priest

Paris - A French cardinal accused of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest faced new calls Thursday to step down after claims he promoted another cleric who had a previous conviction for sexually abusing adults.

Under-fire French cardinal faces new accusations

Paris - A French cardinal accused of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest faced new accusations that he had promoted another cleric despite the man having a previous conviction for sexually abusing adult students.

Italian cardinal makes fat donation after luxury apartment scandal

Rome - An Italian cardinal accused of using charity money to refurbish his luxury apartment has donated 150,000 euros ($163,000) to the Catholic foundation which allegedly footed the bill, media reports said Saturday.

Phl Cardinal hits human commercialization in Easter message

In his Easter message during his homily on Maundy Thursday at the Mass of the Last Supper, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle showed his dismay about people being treated as material objects in such a way that everyone seems to have a price,

Op-Ed: Is the Catholic church ready for first woman cardinal?

Talks of having a first woman cardinal in Vatican have been spreading like wildfires and rumors are swirling around that reformist Pope Francis could break a canon law of 1917 that says only ordained men can take the role.

NCAAF: Stanford goes internal to replace Harbaugh’s

Stanford - The University of Stanford found a guy that was under Jim Harbaugh and a former player to be the new head coach of the Cardinal. January 13, 2011 the university held a press conference to name David Shaw their new man in charge.

UK Catholic wants cardinal to apologize over ‘Third World’ jibe

A top Roman Catholic in the UK has called on Cardinal Walter Kasper – a senior papal aide – to apologize after he likened England to a “Third World” country.

Op-Ed: Pope's gaffe of the century - respect the rights of victims

Rome - What does it mean that when pope Benedict talks about 'respecting the rights of victims,' he's not talking about sexually abused kids, but about church officials detained for a few hours by Belgian police? Is it a mere gaffe, or a truly Freudian slip?

In search of sexual abuse evidence, Belgium raids Catholic Church

Brussels - Belgian authorities have raided offices of the Catholic Church and the home of a recently retired cardinal as part of an investigation into child sexual abuse claims. The country may have no government at present, but it does seem to function without one.

Vatican in grip of unprecedented nervous tension

Vienna - The official papal biographer has said that Cardinal Schönborn’s latest verbal attack on Cardinal Sodano is without precedent and shows how much tensions exist within the Church hierarchy about the sexual abuse scandals

Documents show Pope Benedict knew of sexual abuse case

U.S. and German abuse inquiries are inching ever closer to the Pope himself. New documents obtained by the New York Times allege Joseph Ratzinger, then cardinal and now Pope, knew of 200 abuse cases by a single priest, but did nothing.

Cardinal: Homosexuals 'will never enter the kingdom of heaven'

Citing the teachings of Saint Paul, a leading Roman Catholic cardinal said that homosexuality is an 'insult to God,' claiming that there will be no place in heaven for gay people.

Cardinal blasts assisted suicide bill

The leader of the worlds largest archdiocese is calling on its members to vote down a proposal to legalize assisted suicide

Pope Delivered Warning of Green Antichrist

The Pope's selection of a retired, somewhat eccentric Bologna archbishop to deliver the annual Lenten retreat to Vatican hierarchy caused quite a stir for Cardinal Biffi is most known for his preaching on the Antichrist.

"Deliver Us From Evil," a Documentary about a Pedophile Priest

Cardinal Roger M. Mahoney, then the bishop of Stockton, CA knew of the molestations, but transferred and promoted Father O'Grady anyway. He later committed more acts of child abuse and pedophilia.

Late Pope John Paul II wanted to resign

Cardinal Dziwisz makes several claims in his books.

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