"There were serious problems with [Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano's] management of the diocese, the education of clergy and relations with other bishops."
Ask Syrian refugees sheltering in neighboring Jordan about the advent of U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State militants in their homeland, and the reactions will be mixed.
Some welcome the surprise military intervention, saying it could lead to ending the nearly 4-year-old war in Syria and diminish the power of Islamic State fighters and other terrorist groups operating in the country.
The removed bishop shot back, charging in an open letter that he was the victim of an ideological campaign by bishops in league with Vatican officials.
Sept. 22 marked exactly one year before the start of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, so organizers for the event took the occasion to brief staff of the Philadelphia archdiocese on the latest details.
Registration for the Sept. 22-25 event will begin within several weeks as agreements with speakers for the program are finalized. That part of the planning is ahead of schedule, as registration for the meetings held every three years in a different city typically begins only eight to nine months before the event.
Addressing the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday, the Vatican's secretary of state said "terrorism represents a fundamental threat to our common humanity" and its escalation requires the response of a "shared commitment" from all nations.
"Nations must come together in order to fulfill our primary responsibility to protect people threatened by violence and direct assaults on their human dignity," Cardinal Pietro Parolin said.
Pope Francis has removed a bishop from a Paraguay diocese after an apostolic visitation. The bishop had shielded a priest from accusations of sexual abuse.
The three top leaders of the Catholic peace organization called upon the world to work together to seek nonviolent alternatives to stop the Islamic State.
There has not been a Jewish service in the Zamosc Synagogue since before the Holocaust. But on July 3, 13-year-old Jacob Wisnik celebrated his bar mitzvah there.
The Vatican has placed former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski under house arrest as he awaits a criminal trial for sexually abusing young boys.
What does it mean to defend Christians in the Middle East? What does it mean to maintain their presence in the Holy Land?