After more than a week with no word from Jesuit Fr. Paolo Dall'Oglio, an Italian priest who worked for decades in Syria, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said, "it seems he has been kidnapped by an Islamist group" that is a "local version of al-Qaida," the terrorist group.
A Madagascar archbishop confirmed in talks with leading U.S. church leaders that Catholic Relief Services is not providing or facilitating access to contraceptives and abortifacients in its health care programs in his archdiocese.
The bishop of Aberdeen, Scotland, has apologized for the abuse of children at two Catholic schools in Scotland over a 30-year period.
As a sign of his "esteem and friendship," Pope Francis said he wanted to write this year's Vatican message to Muslims about to celebrate the end of their Ramadan fast.
Two Slovenian archbishops, including the president of the Slovenian bishops' conference, resigned because of their connection to multimillion-dollar financial losses by the archdiocese of Maribor.
A Kenyan lawyer wants to overturn Pontius Pilate's decision to convict Jesus, saying Jesus' human rights were violated 2,000 years ago.
At the end of his first foreign trip, Pope Francis told reporters it's good for a pope to travel, and there are plans in the works for visits in Italy, to Jerusalem, to Asia, but nothing planned soon for his Argentine homeland.
"I think papal trips are always good," he said July 28 during the flight back to Rome after a week in Brazil.
The July 22-29 papal trip was good for Brazil "not just because of the pope's presence, but because for World Youth Day they mobilized and did so well that it will help the whole church," he said.
The war in Syria is like a factory churning out nothing but death, destruction and suffering, said Archbishop Mario Zenari, Vatican nuncio to Syria.
Even though the Vatican was unable to confirm Tuesday news reports that a Jesuit priest had been kidnapped in Syria, the nuncio said hundreds of innocent people there find themselves abducted for political leverage or economic extortion.
Kidnappings in Syria represent "a very, very painful wound that deeply harms the nation and the Syrian people," he said.
A senior prelate used the annual pilgrimage up Ireland's holy mountain to underscore the church's fight against a bill that would make abortion in Ireland legal in limited circumstances.
At least 38 pilgrims were killed on their way home from the Padre Pio shrine when their bus plunged off an elevated highway.
Another 19 people were reported seriously injured, including passengers of nearby vehicles. Only 11 people were pulled alive from the wreckage, Vatican Radio and other news outlets reported.
The accident occurred Sunday along a major highway in Irpinia, a mountainous region in Campania, in southern Italy. A number of the victims were children.