A disgraced Scottish cardinal halted a plan to allow independent investigators to examine church child abuse files, said a retired archbishop.
The backlash against Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt comes as forces across the Middle East are rising up in opposition to political Islam.
Irish Catholic politicians and Parliament members who voted for a controversial law that allows abortion under certain circumstances will not be excommunicated or denied Communion.
Muslims and Christians in the Egyptian town of Luxor are afraid to leave their homes, and many are running out of food.
Attacks on Christian churches in Egypt appeared to be the result of Islamist extremists' anger over what they perceived as Christian support for the ouster of Mohammed Morsi.
Speaking on behalf of Catholics in Egypt, Coptic Catholic Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sedrak said the violence and unrest in his country are "not a political struggle between different factions, but a war against terrorism."
In a statement Sunday, the patriarch said the country's Catholics strongly support "all state institutions, particularly the armed forces and the police for all their efforts in protecting our homeland."
Cardinal Tagle calls for thorough investigation of redirected money intended for poverty programs.
Grace on the Margins: The bans on gay propaganda and adoption have come as the Vladmir Putin has strengthened ties with the Russian Orthodox Church.
Fr. Wojciech Lemanski's dismissal highlights tensions in Europe's most disciplined and inscrutable Catholic establishment.
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.