Two decades after her anti-death penalty work was transformed into an Oscar-winning movie, “Dead Man Walking,” Sr. Helen Prejean’s campaign continues with the backing of Pope Francis.
Pope Francis has changed the rules so a priest may wash the feet of women and others in the community and not just men, as church law had previously decreed.
Pope Francis is studying an invitation he received to visit the Grand Mosque of Rome. If he accepts, Francis would be the first pope to visit the mosque.
A homeless woman was offered a place to stay at a Vatican women's shelter after she gave birth to a baby girl near the colonnade surrounding St. Peter's Square, the Vatican spokesman said.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the Romanian woman, who is one of many homeless in the city, gave birth to the baby in the early morning hours Jan. 20 in Piazza Pio XII, just outside of Bernini's colonnade. Local police, who helped with the delivery, transported the mother and child to the nearby Santo Spirito Hospital.
Pope Francis was the third pope to visit Rome's main synagogue Jan. 17 and said the church "recognizes ... the constant and faithful love of God for Israel."
Religious leaders must identify and publicly distance themselves from extremists preaching animosity toward others, according to Comboni Fr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
Msgr. Nunzio Scarano, a former accountant in a Vatican office overseeing property and investments, was found guilty of slander and given a two-year suspended sentence. Corruption charges were dropped.
Irish clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, spoke to NCR and called Vatican bureaucracy "very difficult."
The advocacy group's petition alleges that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops hasn't honored its zero tolerance policy toward abusive priests and deacons.