Pope tells Putin: Stop the war

With "rivers of blood and tears" still flowing in Ukraine and with the increasing threat of the use of nuclear weapons, Pope Francis begged Russian President Vladimir Putin: "Stop this spiral of violence and death."

HHS urged to ‘reconsider misguided mandate’ on transgender procedures

Catholic hospitals and their workers "must not be coerced by the government to violate their consciences" by being forced to perform "gender transition procedures" against their religious beliefs, said two U.S. cardinals writing in America magazine.

Pope joins sports summit in call for more inclusion, dignity for players

The Vatican synod hall became a stand full of cheering fans, pumping fists, clapping and shouting encouragement as instructed by Tim Shriver, chairman of Special Olympics, who led some 200 people in a group exercise.

At trial, Vatican auditor says he was shocked by misuse of funds

The Vatican auditor general said he was surprised by the lack of ethical standards demonstrated by officials considering investment opportunities, including a failed London property development deal.

Vatican says it restricted East Timor archbishop after abuse allegations

After a Dutch newspaper published an investigation into abuse allegations against retired Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo of Dili, the Vatican said it had become aware of the allegations several years ago and placed restrictions on him.

Pope names new members to commission for protection of minors

Pope Francis reconfirmed the leadership of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and expanded its membership from 17 to 20 people, naming 10 new members and reappointing 10 returning members.

Helping each student shine is a spiritual work of mercy, pope says

Education is a spiritual work of mercy not because it imparts information, but because it helps another find meaning and learn to shine, Pope Francis told members of a Catholic group from Argentina.

Multiple challenges help determine Catholic agencies’ response in Africa

A humanitarian official who works in Southern Africa said churches must offer a unified regional response to the problems crippling development in the region.

Hurricane Ian leaves catastrophe in Florida, Cuba, millions without power

It's too early to tell the extent of Hurricane Ian's damage in the Catholic dioceses of Venice and St. Petersburg or the rest of the Sunshine State for that matter, but President Joe Biden in a Sept. 29 news conference said it is likely to rank as "one of the deadliest hurricanes in Florida history."

Catholics decry clemency denial in Oklahoma, call for end to death penalty

Catholic leaders are speaking out about a Sept. 27 decision by Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board to deny clemency to Benjamin Cole, a 57-year-old man sentenced to die for killing his 9-month-old daughter in 2002.