A Harvard University student group's plan to conduct a satanic ritual "black mass" Monday on campus brought a public outcry, leading to its formal cancellation and an apparently impromptu off-campus version of the event, as well as a well-attended alternative Catholic holy hour.
The Boston cardinal recalled his early years of ordained ministry at the Spanish Catholic Center in Washington, "an uplifting experience in my life."
The new sex abuse commission sets sights on "superiors of the church [who] have not fulfilled their obligations to protect children."
Ahead of Pope Francis' first meeting with his panel charged with tackling the clergy abuse scandal, victims are demanding the church take immediate action to expose perpetrators.
In its previous meetings, the Council of Cardinals has reviewed the work of Vatican congregations. The council will now shift its attention to studying the Vatican's 12 pontifical councils.
Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals will meet with him for the fourth time next week, but what they'll discuss remains unknown.
Column: The event may have marked a turning point for the U.S. church, a return to a nonpartisanship combined with public advocacy.
Young Voices: Unfortunately, the Vatican sometimes makes saints, officially or unofficially, out of those responsible for abuse or abuse cover-up.
"The culture of comfort, which makes us think only of ourselves, makes us insensitive to the cries of other people."
Pope Francis confirmed the head of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and named among its new members Australian Cardinal George Pell, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, and Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis.
The Vatican announced Saturday that the pope confirmed Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz as prefect of the congregation, the Vatican office that oversees the world's religious orders.